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Kelly Clarkson teaches us how to handle body-shamers like an absolute queen

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From Jennifer Aniston, to Renee Zellweger, to Claudia Winkleman, it’s no secret that women in the public eye constantly find themselves under pressure to look a certain way. And, when they don’t conform to misogynist beauty standards set by the media, it’s not long before they’re challenged about it by faceless internet trolls.

Kelly Clarkson, however, knew exactly what to do when one such cyberbully decided to fire a body-shaming comment at her over the internet.

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The Piece by Piece singer had taken to Twitter to share an uplifting message for 4 July (aka Independence Day). “Cheers to every person who fought for us to experience freedom and independence,” she wrote happily, alongside a party popper emoji.

Her words were pretty simple and easy to understand, for most human beings. However, one social media user incorrectly interpreted her message to mean “please tell me what you think about my body, strangers of the internet” (because of course) and decided to do just that.

“You’re fat,” they told her bluntly.

Kelly Clarkson on stage

Kelly Clarkson on stage

Clarkson noted this display of mean-spiritedness and negativity, but decided not to let anyone force her into questioning her own sense of self-worth.

Instead, she shared his tweet and replied: “… and [yet I’m] still f**king awesome!”

Unsurprisingly, her no-nonsense approach to dealing with body-shamers went down an absolute storm online.

This isn’t the first time that Clarkson has been forced to deal with body-shaming – and, sadly, we doubt it will be the last. But, despite the negativity, the singer has made it abundantly clear that she’s not about to let anybody make her feel bad about herself.

Speaking about it with Ellen DeGeneres on her show in 2015, Clarkson said: “I think what hurts my feelings is that I’ll have a meet-and-greet after the show and a girl who’s bigger than me will be in the meet-and-greet and be like, ‘Wow, if they think you’re big, I must be so fat to them’.

“It’s like, you’re just who you are. We are who we are. Whatever size, and it doesn’t mean that we’re gonna be that forever.”

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Clarkson added: “That’s the thing. Sometimes we’re more fit. Like especially me, I’m such a creative person that I yo-yo. So, sometimes I’m more fit and I get into kickboxing hardcore.

“And then sometimes I don’t, and I’m like… I’d rather have wine.”

Us too, Clarkson. Us too.

Images: Rex Features



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