Behind the Meaning of Kelly Clarkson’s “Whole Lotta Woman”

When you’re in the public eye, you are often subjected to commentary about your physical appearance–particularly if you’re a woman. For some, that can be a soul-crushing experience. For others, it’s a call to action. In Kelly Clarkson‘s case, she decided to use that phenomenon to write one of her biggest, most rousing anthems to date: “Whole Lotta Woman.”

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Check out the meaning behind this track, below.

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Behind the Meaning of “Whole Lotta Woman” by Kelly Clarkson

You ain’t know? Texas women do it bigger
In the south, it gets no realer, baby
Pot full of grits, I’m hotter than your mama’s supper, boy
Better get with it

Clarkson comes out of the gate swinging. Her confidence is unbridled here. In the south, it gets no realer, baby, she sings. It has an instant effect on the listener. You’ll immediately stand a little taller, push your shoulders back, and adopt Clarkson’s powerful demeanor.

Clarkson was inspired to write “Whole Lotta Woman” after hearing the running commentary on her body, her hair, her face, and an endless string of other physical attributes.

“The media has always been obsessed with it [her size],” Clarkson once said. “I have felt conflicted over the years. Do you address it? Do you talk about it? Because then you just add to the noise. But people like me to talk about it, so I don’t really mind carrying that flag. I love that people come up to me and say: ‘Because you are comfortable in your skin, you have made me more comfortable in mine.’ That’s the best compliment ever.”

The song achieves its desired effect. It’s hard to imagine anyone listening to this song and not feeling a measure of self-assurance click in.

I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the sound of my voice to the gloss on my lips)
I’m a whole lotta woman
(Anything I see, I want, I get)
I’m a strong, bad-ass chick with classic confidence, yeah

Revisit this Clarkson anthem, below.

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