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.”
When it comes to her personal image, Clarkson revealed that weight has always been a storm cloud swirling around her. She has a song on her upcoming album titled “Whole Lotta Woman” that she premiered at a private showcase in New York’s Rainbow Room where she told the crowd, “Too skinny, too fat, too blonde — so much blah. This is who I am and I’m happy. Happy looks different on everyone.”
She elaborated to the Daily Mail about her ongoing struggle to confront or ignore the issue: “The media has always been obsessed with it [her size],” she said. “And I have felt conflicted over the years. Do you address it? Do you talk about it? Because then you just add to the noise. But people like me to talk about it, so I don’t really mind carrying that flag. I love that people come up to me and say: ‘Because you are comfortable in your skin, you have made me more comfortable in mine.’ That’s the best compliment ever.”
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