Kelly Clarkson Recalls Saying No When She's Told She's Up Against 'Naked People'
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The singer-turned-television talk show host refused to bow to pressure when someone told her she had to compete with 'naked people' early in her music career.

AceShowbiz - Kelly Clarkson recalls being told she had to compete with "naked people" in the media when she first started out her music career. Thrust into the spotlight two decades ago when she won 'American Idol' aged 20, the singer turned daytime TV host - who is taking over Ellen DeGeneres' iconic afternoon slot - found it difficult to navigate the industry.

"I remember this one tool I worked with - this dude came over my house and put down some magazines and was like, 'So this is what you're competing with.' There were naked people on the cover!" she told Variety. "I have no problem with nudity. I'm, like, a total nudist. But that's just not my vibe, artistry-wise. A little mystery goes a long way for me."

"But I literally looked at this older white man and was like, 'Uh, no. That's not what I'm competing with. It might be what you feel like I am competing with, but that's not me.' "

The "Since U Been Gone" hitmaker also felt like a lot of people were trying to get her to portray a sexier pop star persona in line with the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, who were topping the charts at the time.

She said, "At the end of the day, a lot of people look at you as a product, because they're in a business - they'll get fired if they don't make money. So I don't blame them. Women love to be sexual. Everybody likes to be flirty. Everybody likes to be sensual. But every woman is not just that one thing; we are multifaceted. And they try to take that one thing and blow it up."

"I had to fight like hell to make sure that it didn't push the envelope for me. I think it's hard if you're a young girl, a teenager. You're still growing up."

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