Kelly Clarkson Pics: Through the Years

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In case you haven't heard, Jessica Simpson has been under fire this month for resembling an overweight grandmother.

Is it ever right to call out a woman for being fat? Probably not.

Clarkson Style

But does Simpson have a difficult time playing the victim when she's made a living off her image, inviting the world into her home for a reality show and seeking attention wherever she goes? Probably so.

Conversely, Kelly Clarkson has also battled weight issues over the years... but no one cares. The original American Idol simply goes about her business of making good music, garnering fame and fortune via actual vocal chops, as opposed to large breasts and pink Cowboys jerseys.

Here's a look at Clarkson over the years. Click on each photo for a larger version:

The moral of this contrast?

If you possess talent, the media will focus on your music. If you flaunt your body at every occasion, expect a backlash when it changes shape.

Sorry, Jessica.