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Carried Away

by Allison Mitchell | Jezebel magazine | November 28, 2012

Riding high on the release of her fourth studio album, Blown Away, country-music superstar Carrie Underwood has solidified herself as a force to be reckoned with, onstage and on the charts. She’s garnered 16 No. 1 Billboard hits and is the reigning sales champ of all the American Idol winners, with 15 million albums sold worldwide. Here, JEZ scoops six things you might not know about the gorgeous crooner.

1. Forget the glam squad: This girl is a beauty magician.
“I do my own hair and makeup on tour. I’m a makeup junkie—I’ll buy it from drugstores or at Sephora or online. Too Faced makes a lot of really great products. I’m a representative of Olay, and I genuinely use a lot of their products. I can usually make just about anything work.”

2. She’s a chocaholic.
“I eat dark chocolate on a daily basis. I’m not even a sweets person, but if I can find some awesome, superdark chocolate for a bite after dinner, that’s my thing.”

3. She hates working out just as much as the rest of us do.
“I eat pretty clean, and I don’t [eat] meat at all. But as far as workouts, I do a lot of squats, a lot of lunges and a lot of other stuff I hate doing. I have a trainer on the road, and that’s my one indulgence—somebody to motivate me.”

4. You won’t see her perform her favorite song from Blown Away live.
“‘Forever Changed’ is one of the most amazing songs I’ve ever heard. When I heard the demo, I knew I had to sing it, but it was so hard for me to get through in the studio—because it’s very easy to imagine a grandmother or mother in that position. I’ll probably never actually perform it live, but it’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever recorded.”

5. Atlanta holds a special place in her heart.
“Mike [Fisher] and I got married about an hour outside of Atlanta, in Greensboro, Ga. One of our first dates was actually at the Georgia Aquarium!”

6. She hasn’t forgotten where it all started.
“I’m still so grateful for everything that [American Idol] has done for me. There’s no question that I wouldn’t be in the music industry now if it wasn’t for that show. I feel like it was made for people like me. I just loved to sing and didn’t really know what to do [about] it. I’m from a small town and was just going about my life—and then it changed.”