Kelly Clarkson Says People Used to Body-Shame Her by Showing Her Photos of Naked Women
In a new interview with Glamour U.K., Kelly Clarkson opens up about the body-shaming she's experienced as a woman in music—specifically when she was at the thinnest in her career.
"It's interesting. I felt more pressure from people, actually, when I was thin," Clarkson tells the publication. "When I was really thin and not super healthy in that sense because I was worn out and just working so hard and not keeping healthy habits."
This pressure, she says, would sometimes come in the form of people around her "shoving magazines in front [of her]." Magazines with naked women on the cover. "[They'd say] 'This is what you're competing with,'" Clarkson recalls. "'We've gotta compete with it!' And I'm like, 'I can't compete with that. That's not even my image. That's not who I am. That's who they are. That's what art is. We're all different, and it's okay. I fought more when I was thinner than I do now."
Sometimes when people would show her these magazines, Clarkson would just say, "'Unless I'm doing an SNL skit and this is a comedy thing, I'm never going to pull it off.' Even in my thinnest, most fit moment, it's just not my personality to be naked on the front of a magazine…. I am totally okay with nudity. I think it's a beautiful thing…but I do have a problem with someone chasing what they think is popular and what's going to get them played [on the radio]."
Nowadays she shuts body-shaming down before it even begins: "I just walk in and I just look at them like, 'I dare you to say something.' I'm happy in my life. I work on me in my time and that's who I am. And that's okay."
"It's up to artists to really push back," she continues. "It's up to people in the limelight to push back and go, 'Look, I'm cool with you not being okay with this. But this is who I am.'"
Clarkson has long been a champion of body positivity. When a Twitter troll called her "fat" in 2017—it's ridiculous people are still using that word as an insult—she responded with: "And still fucking awesome."
Watch Clarkson's entire interview with Glamour U.K. in the video above.
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