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Deana Carter

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THE TITLE OF HER HIT COUNTRY album—Did I Shave My Legs for This?—wittily reflects her philosophy. “It’s not fun to be ‘done’ all the time,” declares singer-songwriter Deana (pronounced Dee-na) Carter, 31, who made her last appearance with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show barefoot and ponytailed. Her makeup artist and hairstylist Melanie Shelley half-complains: “She won’t let me do anything to make her look unlike Deana. If she doesn’t look like Deana, we have to take it off and start all over.” Of course, who needs glam when you’re; blessed with big blue-gray eyes, big blonde hair and (her words) “big fat teeth”? Still, the 5’6″ Carter, who shares a home near Nashville with husband Chris DiCroce, 30, a musician and video art director, secretly examines her fresh, outdoorsy face. “I look into people’s mirrored sunglasses, checking my hair,” she confesses. “That’s pretty vain!”