The Sweetest Photos from Kelly Clarkson's PEOPLE Shoot
Now this is how you make an entrance. Kelly Clarkson debuts new daughter River Rose in true rock-star fashion: a PEOPLE cover shoot, of course!
"I want her to feel like she can do anything and it matters," Clarkson says of River, whom she welcomed June 12, 2014. Here's hoping there's a collaboration in their future!
Clarkson and her little girl had a blast while on-set at Nashville's Elliston Soda Shop. "She's the happiest baby on the planet," she says.
"I love what I do, but I feel like I relied on my career a lot for my self-worth," Clarkson says. "And now I'm more than that: I'm a mother and a wife and have this whole other thing going on."
Sure, her PEOPLE shoot may have been slightly more glamorous than, say, diaper duty. When she's not working the camera, Clarkson says she's not the kind of gal to get all "diva-ed out" on a regular basis. "My mom will tell you, even as a kid, I've always done the opposite of what people expect from me," she says.
Clarkson strikes a pose with PEOPLE Senior Editor Mary Margaret. Clarkson later told her during their cover interview, "I've accomplished a lot, but I guess my biggest success I want is that whenever I die people will say, 'She was so successful as a mother and as a wife.' That's kind of my big goal."
River has certainly changed the entire family dynamic (Clarkson also has two stepkids, Savannah, 13, and Seth, 8, with [LINK" "" "" "0" ]) – and it's the ultimate high note. "I didn't realize how much I would love [being a mom]," she says. "I love going to games. I love the homework. I love the challenge of helping mold someone's life."