NEW YORK — One year ago today, millions of people tuned into Fox’s “American Idol” wondering if it would be Justin or Kelly.
It was Kelly.
As anyone can imagine, Kelly Clarkson has been through a whirlwind of firsts the past year — her first single broke Billboard records as it shot from number 52 to number one in just one week, her first video debuted, endless photo shoots — the list goes on.
Originally a small-town Texan, Clarkson hit New York and Los Angeles as a pop star in the making. Today, she is a seasoned singer with a multiplatinum album to her credit and her first fashion-related endorsement deal with Candie’s, where she appears in the national campaign. Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch styled her for the ads.
“He’s so amazing and really funny. I mean, he works with Halle Berry and wanted to work with me? Who am I?” Clarkson said. “He put me in things I would never even think of wearing, but he’s great and I got his number, so maybe I’ll get to work with him again.”
From the sound of it, Bloch wouldn’t mind working with her again, either.
“I am a big fan of Kelly, I have to admit,” Bloch told WWD. “It was so much fun to meet her in person and it was great working with someone who hasn’t been in this business for so long. I just loved her attitude.”
Her approach has remained positive despite the criticism she’s received for not having the typical pop-star look like Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson — she hasn’t even let the box-office failure of her first film, “From Justin to Kelly,” get her down. Her musical talent continues to get rave reviews, but she has consistently been labeled as “chunky” in the media. In reality, Clarkson is anything but “chunky,” as she told Entertainment Tonight: “I weigh 125 and I’m proud of it. And besides, most of it’s from my backside.” Which, thanks to Jennifer Lopez’s popular derriere, isn’t a bad thing.
But, unlike Lopez, Clarkson said she doesn’t see herself ever launching a line of clothing.
“If I was to do a clothing line, it would have to be something comfortable,” she said. “But that’s not for me. I don’t see myself doing that.”
Instead, she said she loves to watch what other stars wear, naming some of her style icons who seem to go from one extreme to the other — Katharine Hepburn to Gwen Stefani.
“I love Gwen Stefani, like everyone else,” she said. “But I also love Eve, she can look really great in jeans or in a Versace dress.…I love when people can be versatile. That’s what I want to be. I never want to be known as the girl who always wears jeans.”