Carrie Underwood first appeared on our television screens on American Idol. Underwood had it all; she had the voice, the quiet charisma and the girl-next-door charm that ultimately led to her winning the nationally-indulged upon show. Since her time as a fresh-faced competing youth, she has released six studio albums. Her first album became the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history – this was not a woman to be underestimated. As David Wild of Rolling Stone Magazine decidedly put it “Carrie Underwood is the greatest thing that American Idol ever gave us”.
In November of 2017, reports flooded the American news claiming the country star had taken a severe fall. The singer and mother was reportedly left with a broken wrist and over 40 stitches to correct a facial injury. Fans were rightfully horrified but the incident pointed at a darker sentiment; our utter obsession with celebrity beauty, and thus the subsequent loss of it. The incident seemingly humanized the star, there is nothing as relatably flawed as missing a step as you take the dogs out for a walk.
Underwood took a break from social media and shared her concerns about the effects of the injury in a blog post back in January. “I honestly don’t know how things are going to end up but I do know this: I am grateful. I am grateful that it wasn’t much, much worse,” she wrote. Speculation was rife surrounding the star’s anticipated return to the stage. She was set to perform at 2018’s Academy Country Music Awards on April 15.
Amidst the flashing camera bulbs, the shrill cries of avid fans, Underwood looked undeniably flawless. Fans took to their Twitter pages to collectively speculate about where her supposed scars were. Alas, to the great disappointment of the internet’s many trolls, nothing could be found. The star’s performance of her new single ‘Cry Pretty,’ left audiences applauding her bravery, her enduring beauty (both inside and out) and her resilient return.