Miranda Lambert Recalls Being Pressured To Change Her Image Early In Her Career: ‘I Just Wasn’t Gonna Go For That’

Lambert wanted to be known for her music, not her looks.


Madeleine O’Connell

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May 23, 2023

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Miranda Lambert; Photo by John Shearer for Getty Images for Miranda Lambert

When Miranda Lambert first got her start in the music industry in the early 2000s, she made it a point to stick to her guns when people tried to “change” her look and the kind of music she was making. 

However, during a recent conversation with CNN host Chris Wallace on an episode of Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? On HBO Max and CNN, the country superstar revealed how she’s started to loosen the reins in recent years. 

“There was a risk of people trying to dress me in a way that I didn’t want to dress or change my sound, and I just wasn’t gonna go for that, even really young,” she told Wallace.

Miranda Lambert; Photo by Robert Ascroft
Miranda Lambert; Photo by Robert Ascroft

Before Lambert was even 20 years old, she was willing to put up a fight in order to keep a tight hold on the limitations surrounding her image. Instead of trying to gain attention through her wardrobe, she wanted to let her music do the talking. 

“I just kind of knew. It’s not about that,” Lambert continued. “It’s about what I have to say, because I knew I had some really great messages I wanted to share with the world and I wanted that to be through song and not through, you know, a crop top.”

When Wallace questioned the type of changes she was encouraged to make back in the day, the “If I Was A Cowboy Singer” said, “There were some moments where I was being pushed in directions that I just wasn’t comfortable.”

Miranda Lambert at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Gilbert Flores for PMC, ACM Awards
Miranda Lambert at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Gilbert Flores for PMC, ACM Awards

Now that she’s established herself in the business, Lambert feels that she’s become more “relaxed” and has “started to enjoy the process of maybe pushing some boundaries” in ways that she wouldn’t have accepted previously.

Staying true to her strict boundaries has led Lambert to reach incredible success in her career. The female songstress can proudly say that she is now a three-time Grammy winner hitmaker, a record-breaking ACM Award winner and nominee, a 14-time CMA Award winner and according to her recent Instagram post, an author of a New York Times Best Selling book.

Miranda Lambert; Photo Acacia Evans
Miranda Lambert; Photo Acacia Evans

On Tuesday, April 25, Lambert released her new book, Y’all Eat Yet: Welcome to The Pretty B*tchin’ Kitchen. Just a little over a week later, she took to social media so share an exciting update surrounding the love it’s received so far. 

“I just got a call from my publishers that Y’all Eat Yet: Welcome to The Pretty B*tchin’ Kitchen is number three on the New York Times Best Selling list,” she began in the video. “I can’t actually believe that. I’m so grateful and just, I can’t believe it. It’s for my Nonny in heaven, she is partying tonight. I know it. And I’m just beside myself that people would want to hear our stories and join our sisterhood. This is crazy. So thanks for everyone who bought it and who is reading it. I love y’all, welcome to the tribe.”

This collection of recipes delivers an inside look into Lambert’s life off-stage, on her farm, and on the road. Within the carefully curated pages, she also discusses her beloved Airstream trailers, her signature fashion sense, and her decorating style, and allows her readers to learn about her Texas roots, which made her the person she is today. Growing up, she was strongly influenced by the empowering women around her, including her mother, grandmother, and her mother’s tight-knit group of girlfriends.

These relationships taught her about the importance of female friendship and the bonds that women share. Plus, along the way she learned a thing or two about how to be a good host, which entails making the right kind of food and drink. 

Miranda Lambert - Y'all Eat Yet; Photo via Instagram
Miranda Lambert – Y’all Eat Yet; Photo via Instagram

Fans can get their hands on the new book at retailers and stores across the country including Walmart, Target, Buc-ee’s, Cracker Barrel, Kroger and Whole Foods, Nashville’s Parnassus Books, plus online.

Lambert recently made media rounds in support of the book. Her series of signing events kicked off at the 5th Avenue Barnes & Noble store in New York City and The Grove Barnes & Noble store in Los Angeles on April 28 at 11 a.m. PT. She also made an appearance in her hometown of Lindale, Texas – where many of the book’s stories were born – at her own Pink Pistol store.

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The superstar turned heads at the 2023 ACM Awards with a stunning performance of “Carousel.” Re-live the magical moment HERE.

Miranda Lambert is also preparing to return to Sin City in July for her Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas Residency.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.