Proud2Bme | Kelly Clarkson: Self-Esteem With Staying Power

Kelly Clarkson: Self-Esteem With Staying Power

Plenty of stars pay lip service to the "love your body" message, but the celebrity who manages to tune out the Hollywood body police year after year with no signs of a diet contract or a tabloid cover revealing her weight loss secrets is a rare gem. Kelly Clarkson's fans know it, and her willingness to be in her body--unapologetically, regardless of the fluctuations--has won her a loyal following of young women who love her music and her message about self-respect.

“For any woman to not only own her body size at an average woman’s weight is amazing, let alone to own weight gain without shaming and stigmatizing it publicly," says Courtney E. Martin, author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters in a New York Times article about Kelly.

In this video for Kelly's new single, "Mr. Know It All", she tears down a wall of gossipy, snarky headlines speculating about her relationship status, her career, and her weight.

"I don't do diets, obviously,'' she recently told the Sydney Morning Herald. ''I just don't. I mean, people are saying stuff about my weight but people say things your whole life. I don't really pay attention to it. I have been doing it for ten years so I'm kind of like, whatever."

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