The realness permeates from her petite 5’4″ frame. The wholesomeness of her brilliantly warm smile and the depths of her octaves melt hearts just as effectively as her selfless acts of charity.
She was once the little girl who wowed talent show onlookers by the hundreds. She appears to be the epitome of the farmer’s daughter, only she possesses a combination of charisma and attitude that is much more suited for the bright lights of the big city.
Carrie Underwood has honorably managed to keep her small-town girl image intact amidst an absolute celebrity whirlwind that has garnered endless accolades, a slew of adoring fans and a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women.
The 25-year-old Checotah, Oklahoma native went from attending weekly Baptist prayer meetings to flourishing into a nationwide sensation nearly overnight.
Just two years after her win on the fourth season of American Idol in 2005, Underwood began taking the music industry by storm with her debut album Some Hearts, capturing the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2007 as the first-ever AI winner to receive a nomination for the award. On the same night, she beat out the likes of Faith Hill and other esteemed artists to claim the award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
And Underwood has since shown no signs of slowing down.
She further solidified her young career with a third Grammy—and second for Best Female Country Vocal Performance—earlier this year. The Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music took notice as well, bestowing Underwood with the award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
After performing for the troops in Iraq in 2006, the two-time “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” and veteran of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful People” list has made an effort of continuing to give back her time. An animal lover since her days growing up on her parents’ ranch, Underwood has actively worked with the Humane Society of the United States to help promote ethical treatment, an issue the vegetarian of twelve years further addresses through her ties to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Most recently, Underwood played in a celebrity softball game last June in Nashville to benefit research for life-threatening diseases.
Naturally, Underwood’s immense talent, generous heart and obvious easy-on-the-eyes appearance have stimulated the libidos of some of the most eligible bachelors in Hollywood—and the sports world.
Before recently parting ways with actor Chace Crawford after a brief two-month relationship, Underwood formed an item with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. In the aftermath of their split, tabloid reports have had a field-day with the childish and seemingly non-existent feud between Underwood and Romo’s current girlfriend, Jessica Simpson.
Despite her reluctance towards diving into a thick, juicy porterhouse, Underwood is undoubtedly one of show business’ greatest talents and perhaps its most refreshing personality.
In a time when fame is achieved with bewildering simplicity by people with no discernible skill, Underwood’s accomplishments validate the notion that hard work, combined with a little bit of luck, is still the best way to go about making your dreams come true. Better yet, her girl-next-door aura and rural roots hint at the possibility that she would rather spend a Sunday sucking down dark beer and watching football than parading up and down Robertson Boulevard half-naked in the glare of the paparazzi, looking for a pile to sniff or a club to conquer.
Now, I guess, the only thing missing from her picture-perfect world is the perfect man, and that’s where I come in. Much to the delight of my mother, who isn’t the only one who thinks Carrie and I would make for a heavenly match, Ms. Underwood is newly single and presumably ready to try her hands at a relationship with a good ‘ol Midwestern boy once again.
You can catch Carrie, the rest of the DiLN’s and much more at my weekly column, The Brain Leak, at The National Sports Review.