Kelly Clarkson Talks Greatest Hits, First Grammys Disaster, and Burning Her Heels

With hair extensions down to her knees and heavy makeup, the young Clarkson looks 40, not 20! Courtesy of KMazur …
Former "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson sat down with The Thread to talk style evolution, her fashion crush on Taylor Swift (we're with you on that one, Kelly!), and her burning hatred of high heels. Currently pulling double duty as a mentor on “The Voice” and judging the ABC singing competition “Duets,” her greatest hits album is coming out November 19th.

Despite her many public appearances, the singer still insists "my style is weird...I love dresses, but I wear my jeans and my boots every day!" Now, Clarkson owns the red carpet like a champ, but when she was just starting out, some red carpet appearances cause the singer to look back with regret. Like her first ever Grammys in 2004, where even though her gown was elegant, heavy makeup and overlong hair extensions made her look twice her age. Take a look, she's only 22 there!

Ever humble, Clarkson credits her stylists with allowing her to grow as a fashion star and with accommodating her atypical desire to ditch high heels to embrace comfort on stage. We love them for finding her much-loved bedazzled awards shows outfits. All we can say is: good job stylists! We're obsessed with her love of sequins, her powerful voice, and we just can't wait for the three new songs that will accompany her album.

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