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Kelly Clarkson Opens Up About Gender Equality in the Music Industry

Singer and The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson has been involved in the music industry for quite some time. Through those years, she’s experienced gender inequality and sexual harassment that could put Hollywood film studios to shame. In a new interview, Clarkson opened up about what it’s really like for a female artist in the music industry.
Kelly Clarkson was Body-Shamed
Falling into an industry dominated and controlled by men has not been easy for Kelly Clarkson, especially when she was new and naive. She recalled being exposed to magazine covers that featured half-naked women, holding guitars. The music execs told Kelly she had to compete with their looks and sex appeal, if she wanted to succeed.
Clarkson declined to go along with that strategy, instead choosing to follow her own instincts. Still, they persisted, suggesting that she record sexier songs. She recalls that her music industry contacts didn’t even care if the songs were good, as long as they pushed sex.
Clarkson points out that she won’t wear make-up for her television appearances, so expecting that degree of sexuality from her is out of the question. No matter what she tried, the record execs still kept after her. The harder she resisted, the more pressure they applied. In the end, however, Kelly won out.
Kelly Clarkson Follows Her Own Heart
Some might view Kelly as being strong and defiant. While that may be true, it’s not because she deliberately wants to be rebellious or difficult. She simply wants to make the kind of music that makes her feel happy. That means only working on songs that come from the heart. If she can’t make a personal connection to the music, she just won’t use it.
Clarkson admits that has harmed her career. Often, record producers want her to record songs they have purchased from other songwriters. When Kelly declines, the projects she does want to work on get delayed. Even knowing this, Ms. Clarkson holds her ground.
“I have one life and I don’t want to live it like this, and it’s cool if you feel like my ship is sinking, but I just want to make sure I’m at the helm, that if I’m going to go down, it’s because of myself,” said Ms. Clarkson.
She adds that compromise is fine and she’s willing to do that, but only to a certain degree. She says she won’t betray who she is just to be agreeable or to make someone else happy.