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This is an excerpt from You Are More , by Carmen Rasmusen Herbert.

“Two weeks later, the magazines were shipped to us. Clay Aiken ripped the box open and we all started flipping through.

“‘Look at you, Miss Centerfold,’ Clay said to me. ‘What did you tell the editors?’ “‘What?’ I had no idea what he was talking about.

“‘Oh, jeez,’ Clay said, rolling his eyes as I flipped through the magazine frantically. ‘You must have said something.’ “Quickly I turned to my page . . . and was very surprised.

“‘Out of all us twelve contestants,’ he said, ‘you were the only one who got a TWO-page spread.’

“I couldn’t believe it. I thought that if anything, maybe they had been upset with how difficult I was and had Photoshopped a mustache on my face or something!

“At the bottom of my page, it read:

“‘Well Covered: A Mormon, Rasmusen says she isn’t comfortable wearing low-cut or overly sexy stage costumes. “If I become the American Idol,” says the singer, “I can prove you don’t have to sell your body to sell your songs.”’ The next page talked about how my stylist and I had disagreed on my look.

“I laughed at this. I thought it was hilarious that they thought it was such a big deal that they just had to say something in print.”

(Carmen Rasmusen Herbert, You Are More [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 27–28]).

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