Kelly Clarkson Opens Up About Why She Wants People to Call Girls Things Other Than 'Pretty'
Kelly Clarkson says there are more things people can tell young girls instead of commenting on their looks.
“I’m not one of those people that’s like, ‘I hate princesses.’ I think they’re awesome, I know all the songs,” Clarkson says. “But I make a point to always say other adjectives. It’s not always like, ‘Oh, you look beautiful.’ It’s like, ‘Man, you’re so rad,’ ‘You’re stylish,’ ‘You’re cool,’ ‘You’re unique.’ ”
The 35-year-old singer says this is something that’s especially important to her when it comes to her own daughter and stepdaughter — River Rose, 3½, and Savannah, 16, respectively.
“Especially our oldest girl, she’s like model-worthy gorgeous,” Clarkson says. “You know all the things that she is, but maybe not everybody says all the time because she’s captivating.”
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She adds, “Anytime our little girl — our 3-year-old — walks in, everybody’s like, ‘You’re so pretty!’ I don’t mind her being pretty, I don’t mind people saying it, but I don’t want her to get boxed into that.”
“I feel like sometimes that happens with girls. I always say ‘cool’ and ‘fun,’ and we use different adjectives,” Clarkson shares. “I make a point to do that.”
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Clarkson says her husband Brandon Blackstock is also on board with encouraging traits aside from looks. “It’s not all about that at the end,” she says. “My husband and I are really blunt with our kids and I’m like, ‘Pretty fades, character lasts.’ Being fun lasts, being a good human matters and being smart is important.”
“We’re pretty blunt, we’re probably hard on them, but it’s fine,” adds the American Idol champ. “I think people are too easy now. My parents were hard on me — or my mom was — and look, I turned out fine. I’m fine.”