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Kelly Clarkson Reveals She Was Shown Photos Of Naked Women As Form of Body Shaming At Start Of Her Career

Kelly Clarkson Says She Was Shown Photos Of Naked Women As A Form of Body Shaming
June 17, 2020 - 19:35 / Hayley Paskevich

In a new interview, Kelly Clarkson revealed that she was shown photos of women in the nude. This is why it gave her an unrealistic expectation of her own body image!

Kelly Clarkson has shared that even when she was considered thin, she constantly faced pressure to look a certain way!

As People reports, Clarkson told Glamour UK that in the early stages of her career— which was when the star was at her slimmest— there were still some in the industry who felt that she needed to lose weight.

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Kelly Clarkson hosts the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019

Clarkson "felt more pressure" to maintain her image while thin

Clarkson said that this time in her life was when she struggled with her body image the most. "I felt more pressure from people actually when I was thin," she admitted to Glamour UK, "when I was really thin and not super healthy because I just was worn out, just working so hard and not keeping healthy habits."

"But I felt more pressure. It was more of magazines shoved in front of you and, ‘This is what you're competing with and we've got to compete with it.’ I can't compete with that. That's not even my image. That's not who I am. That's who they are."

Clarkson said that on the magazine covers she was shown, there "would be a chick naked on the cover. I’m not joking, literally naked."

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Kelly Clarkson will host the 2020 Billboard Music Awards

Clarkson was hired as judge on The Voice at her "heaviest point"

Clarkson said that she held her ground against people in the music industry wanting her to lose weight. "I fought more when I was thinner than I do now," she said, "because now I just walk in and I just look at them like, ‘I dare you to say something. I'm happy in my life. I'll work on me in my time!’"

She then mentioned to Glamour UK that a big moment in her career came after she'd had her two kids and was asked to be a judge on The Voice. "Honestly, at my heaviest point, I was hired to be on The Voice. I got on the number one television show at my heaviest point, because it was right after I had kids and it was like they didn't care,” she said.

"Paul hired me from NBC because he loved my personality, he loved that I connect with people and I'm really raw and real. It had nothing to do with my sex appeal or my look aesthetically," Clarkson shared. "It had to do with me as a person. I think it's really up to artists to force people to have that mentality."

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Kelly Clarkson attends STX Entertainment's "UglyDolls" photo call in Beverly Hills, California, 2019

Clarkson talks about Adele's recent weight loss transformation

Clarkson also shared her thoughts on Adele's incredible weight loss and the focus the media has placed on it. "I met Adele a long time ago and that girl is like a goddess," Clarkson said of the singer to Glamour UK. "I don't care what kind of weight she's holding down; you walk in the room and she's like a force, just physically captivating."

"If someone wanted to do it [lose weight] for themselves and for their health but that doesn't change how many times I listened to her record." As People mentions, Clarkson opened up back in 2017 about how having a positive body image has helped her avoid letting the criticism of her weight get to her.

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"Even on American Idol I was really thin, but I was bigger than the other girls on the show, so people would say things to me," Clarkson said. "But luckily I am superconfident, so I’ve never had a problem with shutting people down and saying, ‘Yeah, you know, that’s just what I’m rocking. It’s fine.’"