Kelly Clarkson is gearing up to release "the album I've always wanted to make" titled Meaning Of Life (Oct. 27), and in a new interview with Daily Mail writer Jane Mulkerrins the singer spoke candidly about the pressures put on women in the music industry to conform to a particular image in public. Speaking about what it took for her to perform on The Today Show before her chat with Mulkerrins, Clarkson said she'd been up since 3:30 a.m. getting ready, explaining, "If I were a dude. I'd just stroll in with my hat, somebody would powder me and then I'd go on stage. Being a girl, it's two hours in wardrobe and make-up. It takes Harry Potter magic to make this happen."
Clarkson was also asked whether she felt there was more pressure put on women to be molded into a commercial package in the music industry, to which she said, "Aesthetically, yes, much more for women. But musically, it's the same for both men and women. I have a lot of male friends whose labels wanted them to sound like whatever they felt was going to make them money."