Kellie Pickler's image may be changing from a wholesome country singer to a more daring, risqué figure. Her latest photo shoot for "Maxim" magazine and a new music video for the "Dukes of Hazzard" have raised questions about whether the singer is trying to shed her image and if these new pictures will hurt her popularity.
- (Photo: Twitter/Kellie Pickler)
"I don't think you can do a 'Dukes of Hazzard' thing without a Daisy Duke … And you can't have just any beautiful girl play Daisy Duke … you gotta have somebody with something bad! You've got to out-Daisy Duke the last Daisy Duke … And that was Jessica Simpson," Bucky Covington, Pickler's colleague for the video, told Zap2it.
The pair has reunited to perform in the video, which is certainly garnering attention from male fans. Pickler, in her short shorts, plays a convincing Daisy Duke. The character is known for her femininity and left a permanent imprint on the cultural scene. Clothes makers even refer to the shortest of shorts as "Daisy Dukes" in her honor.
Pickler also appears in the latest issue of "Maxim" scantily dressed in a military uniform. The singer recently completed a tour with the USO and told the magazine she has "always had a great deal of respect for anyone who serves our country."
She was America's sweetheart while on "American Idol," and even though she didn't win the competition, she won the fame and adoration necessary to land a record deal. Her first album, "Small Town Girl" told the story of her life in North Carolina: Pickler's mother abandoned her when she was small, and her father spent a lot of time in jail. Her grandparents raised her in a very small town.
"I love traditional country music because that's what I grew up listening to," Pickler told Great American Country. She has cited Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Kitty Wells as her inspirations, but is she departing from traditional country to promote a new, more sexualized, image?
The star's Twitter reveals her mindset while being a mix of honesty, publicity, and faith. Pickler has quoted Isaiah 41:10 and the song "It is Well With My Soul" in her feed, while asking for prayers for her sister. Her honesty and plurality is what makes her relatable to fans, but some critics believe she goes too far with these latest, purely sexual, images.