Kelly Clarkson may have reinvented herself during a divorce, but she still has a firm grasp of who she is as an individual. In all honesty, that seems to have always been the case with this particular star. She made that clear when speaking to People in April 2018 about her personal take on aesthetics, saying, “My beauty mantra is, ‘You all, I just don’t care!’ And I mean that positively. I just don’t care about things that I feel people put a lot of weight and gravity on.
That apparently includes Clarkson’s weight, which she’s been open about. It’s also a topic she’s dabbled with since she first stepped into the spotlight. In 2015, during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (via Us Weekly), she declared, “I was the tallest girl in the world [‘American Idol’ cast] … And I wasn’t tall, but people would call me tall … I kind of always understood that.
“It’s like, you just are who you are. We are who we are regardless of size,” Clarkson continued while discussing being comfortable in your own skin. For this particular celebrity, the question of her height also includes her size, which might surprise you as she is not as tall as she might appear on stage or screen.
Kelly Clarkson is a big star who is about average height
When you consider Kelly Clarkson’s fame — as well as the number and scale of her career-related accomplishments — you’ll surely agree that she’s a big star. But when it comes to her height, she’s actually not tall at all. In fact, she’s just shy about being completely average. For context, you need to know that the average height of women in the United States is 5ft 4, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Clarkson is half an inch shorter than that, at 5-foot-3 and 1/2, per Celeb Heights. Apparently, she once told S1.com (via Celeb Heights), “I’m 5ft 3 1/2 tall. I was proud of that half.”
That half inch also makes Clarkson slightly taller than other stars who are exactly 5ft 3, according to Marie Claire Australia, including Natalie Portman, Isla Fisher and Amanda Seyfried. It also makes the “Stronger” singer just a tad shorter than celebs who measure 5ft 4, including Jessica Chastain, Rashida Jones and Victoria Beckham.
Of course, if you thought Clarkson was taller than she happens to be, it’s entirely understandable. That’s because she tends to use her fashion methods to increase her size, although it’s a decision that can sometimes have painful results.
Kelly Clarkson’s heels offer a potentially dangerous boost
If you’ve seen Kelly Clarkson perform her hits on stage or show off her skills as a talk show host on screen, then you might have noticed her outfits. In addition to chic dresses and eye-catching accessories, the star tends to wear high heels. Whether she’s wearing sleek black platform boots while singing or black and white shoes while posing, she always seems to be wearing shoes with heels that push her up a few inches. In fact, she even wore heeled red boots while standing with the Sesame Street sign.
Of course, there’s one thing you might also notice about Clarkson’s heels. She used to prefer to stay away from a certain style. In May 2021, she told People, “I don’t want to wear a stiletto. I’m not a model and I’m not Beyoncé. It’s not going to happen.”
While Clarkson may have changed her mind these days as she seems comfortable in thin heels, there’s a reason she might want to stick to sturdier shoes. It turns out the high-heeled shoes she’s wearing can be dangerous. She found that out the hard way in December 2020, when she sustained an injury while walking in heels before taking the stage for “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” She admitted she injured her knee cornering, but kept her feet high and heelless, which was probably a good idea.