Kelly Clarkson got a haircut and went blonder: bang up or blah?

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I think those of you who read my posts know that, after a few tragic haircuts, I’m a member of the anti-bangs contingent. As much as I promote freedom from fringe, I have to admit that I don’t mind Kelly Clarkson’s new ‘do.

The 36-year-old singer showed off her new, very blonde bangs on the red carpet at the the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation’s 23rd Annual Taste for a Cure event at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The gala honored President of Alternative and Reality Group for NBC Entertainment, Paul Telegdy.

Kelly looked glowing, complementing her bright locks with a cute little black dress by Elie Saab. She kept the black theme with dark stockings and craveworthy shoes by alice + olivia. Her most dazzling accessory was her huge engagement ring, from hubby Brandon Blackstock, who is Dad to Kelly’s kids, daughter River and son Remington.

At the event, Kelly entertained the crowd with her new single, “I Don’t Think About You” and a hit appropriate for the occasion, “Stronger.” Before taking the stage, she posted a shot on Instagram.

Gordon Ramsay, who was also at the event, didn’t sing, per se, but gave the crowd some delicious Ramsay obscenities, telling the audience, “I would like to start off the evening by saying a big f— off to cancer.” He then had the crowd join together to sing a chorus of “F–k cancer.”

So, back to Kelly. She’s been rocking more face framing layers on recent episodes of The Voice, and, dare I say, I think the bangs look good on her. I do think her hair color may be a tad too blonde, but being addicted to the bottle (of L’oreal Feria) as much as I am, I can’t fault her for wanting to get a head start on summer locks.

It also looks like she’s slimmed down. A source told Life & Style that Kelly has worked hard to lose weight, stating, “She’s been working out with a trainer four times a week,” adding, “She started losing weight four months ago.” In addition to working out, Kelly, who admits, “I don’t cook,” has a chef on hand to prepare healthy meals and has “been living on a high-protein diet and has swapped sugary treats for raw vegetables.” It’s certainly paid off.

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Kelly Clarkson at UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation's 23rd Annual 'Taste for a Cure' Event

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  1. Valois says:

    She looks like Ivana Trump.

    • GameofScones says:

      I was just coming down here to say the same thing!

      • Carrie1 says:

        I’ve lost any interest in or respect for her. This is what marrying into Reba’s family does I guess. This is a frightening look.

    • Esmom says:

      LMAO. Aw, I was going to say she looks cute but now I can’t unsee that. At least she doesn’t look like the current version of Ivanka. *shudders*

    • gatorbait says:

      I was just coming to ask if I was the only one who thought that was Ivana on the thumbnail. It’s uncanny. She could play a young Ivana in a movie.

    • holly hobby says:

      I think it’s the way the hair is styled. That little top knot is a Ivana look.

  2. Erinn says:

    That is not a flattering lipstick choice at alllll.

    But I like her bangs. I think I’d like her hair color if it were a bit deeper – it’s VERY blonde and it throws me off because I’m used to darker haired Kelly.

  3. Cher says:

    I love it.

  4. Nicole says:

    Slightly too blonde for her. The best blonde color is the honey blond from her breakaway days. This color washes her out. The bangs look nice

  5. Jayna says:

    Kelly has lost a lot of weight. She looks great. I love the bangs, not the hair color.

    • Runcmc says:

      I hope she chooses to speak about her choice to lose weight! She was always a very proud “I don’t wanna be thin, I wanna eat!” Person and I wonder if her health was affected (for her to make a relatively drastic change)

      She looks fantastic though and she doesn’t owe us an explanation, I’m just curious!

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      That struck me, too- because I distinctly recall her talking about her weight and saying when she was at her happiest times, her weight would increase, so people should see that as a barometer. 😟

      • OriginalLala says:

        She is on a TV show now too – people have been really cruel about her weight so it’s possible that affected her. People talked about her like she weighed over 500lbs when she was maybe 20 pounds overweight. it was a bit insane. I don’t know how women in the spotlight deal with all the criticism, especially those who don’t fit the very narrow and ridiculous body ideal.

      • Esmom says:

        NSSB, I remember that, too, and I can relate. My mom keeps asking me how I’ve stayed so slim and I can’t bring myself to tell her that the anxiety and depression “diet” is not one I’d recommend to anyone.

      • lucy2 says:

        I think she is very happy with who she is and her life no matter what she weighs, but is on TV a few nights a week now and wanted to get in shape a little more. I think she’s looks great, and she’s been wearing cute stuff on the Voice.

        She is one of my all time favorites, and I really love her voice. She also seems pretty hilarious and fun too.

  6. Deanne says:

    I actually think that bangs look really good on her. but the hair colour is way too light. She looks healthy and happy though, so if she’s enjoying the light blonde, more power to her.

  7. LittleWing says:

    Not enough contrast. Maybe a golden blond?

  8. Léna says:

    Heavy makeup! The fake eyelashes are not good. And the lipstick doesn’t suit her. But she looks good and happy

  9. HeyThere! says:

    Any woman who has had babies and isn’t a super model body type is going to have weight go up and down. It’s life. People are rude. Skinny doesn’t equal healthy or perfect but we have all been brainwashed. Thanks, society.

  10. aenflex says:

    Not a good look for her. I’m getting Zsa Zsa Gabor or 80s Ivana Trump from this look. I prefer her hair darker.

  11. Lala says:

    The dress is hot…the hairstyle I love…her hair color is way too bright…and that lipstick…NO!!! To both her and Gwen…regarding that nude lipstick…NO!!!!!!

  12. minx says:

    I’m surprised but I like this look on her. I wish the blonde was just a shade darker.

  13. Pixie says:

    Seriously with all this money and you still can’t find a hairdresser that can get the toner spot on?? How about a creamy stretched root or balayage? Sheeeeet supposed to be creamy silk and it looks like pee straw. Sorry but no.

  14. Rose says:

    She needs to lose serious weight, it’s all I can see.

    • LadyT says:

      That’s a shame. I see a vibrant personality with one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard. I honestly could not care less about her dress size.

    • TrixC says:

      Are you kidding? Based on these pics I’m sure her BMI is in the healthy range. So she’s not stick thin, so what?

    • No Doubtful says:

      She needs to lose some serious weight? Huh? Where? She’s already lost a lot of weight. Give her a break.

      If you think she can’t sing then you are simply delusional.

    • HeyThere! says:

      Rose, you must have woke up on the wrong side of the bed I guess? She is one of the few singers who can actually sing!!! So what you are trying to tell us is you are a beautiful model who has the best singing voice?!?!?! HAHA

  15. Bailie says:

    I love the bangs on her, frames her face nicely.

    Some people look really good with bangs, they are lucky, less forehead wrinkles in the long run.

    That blond is bad on most women, Kelly should go back to more natural looking blond, color with more depth would be better for her.

    I think the make up is not good, the lipstick and the fake eyelashes…

    It’s good that she is eating better and working out, having children is not an excuse to let yourself go and it’s good to set healthy eating habits and demonstrate active lifestyle to your children.

    My best friend has a great plan in her home for the whole family, they eat 95% very healthy and 5% is left for fun like birthdays and Christmas.

    The whole family walks their two dogs for 1 hour everyday.

    Being overweight can cause many health problems and Americans have serious issues with weight, it’s not good to be forcing one to be stick thin or over indulge all the time.

    • HeyThere! says:

      That kind of made me laugh. I have two babies at home and do not have a spare hour to workout daily. In my dreams! Unfortunately where I live, even if we went on a walk daily….I live somewhere for there are only 3 months out of the year that’s make that realistic. Life happens. Something to think about: is a new Mom ‘letting herself go’ like you said…..or simply not confirming to societies standards of beauty and focusing on her baby/young children?!

      • Bailie says:


        Sorry, but you might have misread my comment.

        I’m not talking about “societies standards of beauty”, I’m talking about health and good example being set by parents at early age with good eating habits and active lifestyle.

        I think that in North America there is way too much focus on looks and not enough on health until people start having health problems.

        Yo are welcome to check out the statistics and if you do, you will notice the sky high obesity numbers in North America in adults and children.

        A lot of it has to do with bad eating habits and the sedentary lifestyle that focuses mostly on being on electronic devices.

        As a researcher, I can promise you that there is nothing to laugh about here.

        We have one health and when that is gone…it may not be back.

        Walking may not work in your environment, but there other options available for parents to teach their children from young age that good eating habits and being a bit active is very worth it in the long run.

        And being active with kids is focusing on the health of their children, it should be a goal for each and every parent.

    • HeyThere! says:

      I also have done research in many, many areas of society. The issue is our definition of healthy active lifestyle is different for EACH and every person. It’s all relative. What one family does another might think is awful because it’s not vegan free, dairy free, organic, blah blah. You can still achieve heath without those. SES is a huge fact. Climate. Location of where you live. Does your gym offer free childcare? Are you a single parent? Can you afford the gym even? A million other questions I could fill in.

      What I think we need is less of society and people telling moms/families what they should be doing. People are just trying to survive. Every single situation is different. Balance is key. Don’t be obsessive with things. Learn to go with the flow.

  16. homeslice says:

    I really like Kelly, but her fashion choices are atrocious…

  17. No Doubtful says:

    The weight loss is awesome. Good for her! She really needs a stylist though. The dress, the hair…EEEK.

  18. FHMom says:

    The makeup is too heavy, but I really like the hair and clothing. I wonder what she’ll wear on the Voice tonight.

  19. Jane says:

    Good, she looks better with the weight loss. Maybe 15 more pounds and she would look great.

  20. elle says:

    I see Carmela Soprano. Paging a stylist… stat!

  21. Cupcake says:

    Really awful bangs.