Twice a year, Variety highlights five prominent women who are using their clout and influence to bring attention to worthy causes—and for fall 2017, Dermstore is a proud sponsor of this event. Kelly Clarkson will be honored for her work with XQ Super Schools, along with fellow honorees “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and actresses Priyanka Chopra, Octavia Spencer and Michelle Pfeiffer.
From “Since You’ve Been Gone” to “Miss Independent” to “Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson’s songs have always been synonymous with girl power, which is why it’s no surprise that this singer, songwriter, American Idol alumna and new The Voice coach was named one of the five honorees at Variety’s Power of Women LA 2017.
But aside from singing songs that empower and inspire, Clarkson is passionate about overhauling the educational system through XQ Institute’s The Super School Project, a nonprofit organization that aims to redesign high schools across the nation through innovative curricula, alternative teaching techniques and more advanced technology.
“A lot of times in school, you don’t get the life skills, they just want you to know what you’re supposed to know to pass whatever test it is that year,” Clarkson explains in the Variety Uncovered interview, presented by Dermstore. “XQ’s Super School Project is basically just trying to innovate and be more progressive with how we teach our children, get them excited about it. It’s just broadening the scope of what should school mean, to not only teach all the basic science but also to take that in real life. And these kids are part of that, and they get to see things grow and they do things outside the box.”
When it comes to her own children, and balancing her personal life with her career, Clarkson admits, “I have a village of people” to help. “It’s incredibly difficult and I would not be able to do it without the help we have,” she says, adding that her mother is “angelic” for being able to manage work and family the way she did.
Watch the full interview below.