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We all remember when Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol (and captured the hearts of a nation), but it turns out if some record company execs had been a little kinder to her, she may not have needed the show to launch her to fame. In a recent interview with Good Housekeeping, Clarkson revealed that she actually turned down two record deals before even appearing on Idol because the producers were pressuring her to lose weight.

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She told Good Housekeeping:

[The record companies] were like, "You have to lose 20 pounds and basically sign your life away" — and I was small then, by the way. I don't want to start a relationship with somebody who says something like that. And this is my gift, and they wanted to take all the profit from me working my butt off. Why would I?

When asked how she found the courage to turn the record deals down, Clarkson said that growing up in a small town where "everybody always has something to say," helped her "develop a thick skin."

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She explained that she learned not to worry about what others have to say. "This is my life; these are my fingerprints; I'm unique; this is what I want to do," she said. "You worry about your own front porch and what's happening in your own world."

And hey, now she's super famous. Bet those record company guys regret ever telling her she needed to lose weight.