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Carrie Underwood: 'Swimwear defeats me'

The star makes it a point to be constructive about body criticism

Country singer Carrie Underwood created her CALIA swimwear line to avoid "feeling defeated" every time she tries on a bikini.

The stunning Blown Away hitmaker designed the bathing suits to celebrate real women.

“Swimwear was definitely important to me because I find myself in a store like, 'I can’t wear any of this…' I take things to the dressing room feeling defeated," she explains to Extra.

To honour the beauty of women's imperfect physiques, her latest campaign shoot for CALIA, which was shot in her native state of Oklahoma, has taken the authenticity of the brand to new levels.

"I love that it’s (the new CALIA campaign) all about just being real," she gushes. "Workouts don't have to happen in a gym. We’ve been (shooting) outside, we've been in a pasture walking horses around, we've been on a softball field - it’s been really great incorporating some very amazing real girls, real life.”

Carrie, who released her first offerings from the fitness line back in March (15), revealed inspiration for her body-confident swimwear came from being bullied during her rise to fame after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005.

“It was definitely an introduction into being in the public eye, but it was also… a catalyst for me to say, ‘Okay, I’m not making some healthy choices and maybe I can do more of that, not for those people but for me'," she recalls of how she reacted to being criticised for her weight when she first became a celebrity.

“Once I made a couple of decisions that started me going in the right direction, everything kind of fell into place… It was a negative thing that turned into something very positive.”

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