Carrie Underwood and her face: New video dramatizes her ongoing fears about how she looks

Six months after a freak fall left Carrie Underwood with facial injuries that she feared would leave her looking “a bit different,” the country superstar on Monday debuted her new video, “Cry Pretty.”

The video is emotional and, among other things, it continues to draw attention to her face, including to how she apparently doesn’t look that different after all.

The video finds the 35-year-old Underwood crying in the shower, or in front of a mirror, her cheeks streaked with mascara. She then wipes away the mascara and mounts her courage to return to the stage, belting out the lyrics: “You can’t hide it, you can’t fight what the truth is.”

Underwood debuted the song at the 2018 ACM Awards in April. Much was made of the singer making her first public appearance at the awards show since the “freak, random” accident in her Nashville home Nov. 10. In the fall, she broke her wrist and injured her face, requiring 40 to 50 stitches.

Following the accident, the “American Idol” alum had warned her fans that she wasn’t “looking the same.”

In a January letter to her fan club, she wrote: “I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different. I’m hoping that, by then, the differences are minimal, but, again, I just don’t know how it’s all going to end up.”

From Underwood’s description, she sounded like she was confronting what would certainly be a traumatic event for an entertainer whose personal appearance is part of her brand. Over the next few months, she wouldn’t bare her full face to cameras. She also kept selfies and photos of herself to a minimum, suggesting that she would in fact look different.

But most who watched Underwood’s much-hyped appearance at the ACM Awards thought she looked the same — as stunning as ever. They couldn’t detect any signs that she had been scarred or otherwise disfigured in the accident.

Perhaps she had really good surgeons, or the injuries weren’t as disfiguring as she would imagine. Perhaps she has good make-up people, or perhaps the reason that Underwood has continued to make an issue of her face is that she’s more sensitive to any changes in her appearance given that she’s a celebrity.

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