In case you forgot, Kelly Clarkson is still slaying it in quarantine. The singer proved that lockdown hasn’t sapped her creative superpowers again on Wednesday when she performed a picture-perfect cover of TLC’s 1999 hit “Unpretty” on her daytime talk show this week. With her bandmates joining in from ornate digital frames, Clarkson gave the tune a bouncy island vibe.
The track about appreciating the beauty that’s inside of you instead of focusing on the external gained a renewed relevance at a time when many of us are realizing that the masks we used to put on every day when we went to work were just that: illusions. Clarkson’s thoughtful, poignant take on the tune brought that message home as she sang it with her face unadorned by makeup or the usual Hollywood glitz.
“You can buy your hair if it won’t grow/ You can fix your nose if he says so/ You can buy all the make-up/ That M.A.C. can make, but if/ You can’t look inside you/ Find out who am I to/ Be in the position that make me feel/ So damn unpretty,” she sang.
Watch Clarkson sing “Unpretty” below.