Comments On Kelly Clarkson’s ‘The Voice’ Style Raise Double Standard

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The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson received a firestorm of negative comments about her style this week. Fans on social media criticized the pink dress worn during Monday night’s Live Playoffs, with some telling her to fire her stylist.

What makes these comments especially frustrating is that Clarkson’s male co-stars don’t receive the same level of scrutiny over their appearance. It shows a double standard in how the public responds to men and women in the spotlight.

Kelly Clarkson Criticized for Her Dress on ‘The Voice’

On Monday night, Clarkson wore a long pink dress with a tiered skirt and sheer sleeves, cinched with a red belt. Viewers were quick to share their thoughts about the look on social media, telling the star she should hire a new stylist. Some of them mentioned that they disliked other outfits she’s been wearing lately.

“Your outfits have such a range from dull to sexy,” wrote one user. “It really distracts from your image! Great that your personality usually overcomes it, but not tonight!”

Another fan wrote that they were “begging for you to change your look,” calling Monday’s outfit “the ugliest dress ever.” Someone else tweeted that Clarkson is “wearing frumpier outfits every time I see her.” Another viewer called the pink dress “very unflattering.”

This is just a sample of the negative reaction Clarkson’s dress received this week. Scroll through Twitter, and the criticism just keeps on coming. However, it’s much harder to find similar responses to the outfits worn by Clarkson’s male co-stars.

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Where’s All the Hate for Blake Shelton’s Style?

The Voice has four coaches sitting on the panel each week, yet fans don’t seem nearly as harsh about the clothes worn by Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, and John Legend. The lack of criticism for Shelton’s style is particularly interesting, considering he’s frequently dressed down compared to the other coaches.

Shelton usually rocks simple jeans and cowboy boots on the show. The most formal he typically gets is putting a blazer on over the casual attire. If Clarkson were to show up to the live shows wearing a casual outfit like that, she’d probably receive just as much (if not more) negative feedback as she does now.

Why is Clarkson expected to dress up (with elaborate hair and makeup to boot) and get roasted for her style? Meanwhile Shelton can regularly wear the same variation on denim and flannel with almost no criticism. Forget the outfits; that double standard is the worst look of all.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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