By now, we've all heard the painful news that Carrie Underwood had to get 50 stitches to her face after her nasty fall last November.
She was so nervous about it that she waited a long time to tell the world about her injuries, which she had feared might be life-changing.
Now we can see a photo taken only weeks after her fall. How does she look?
Carrie Underwood is one of those rare Country singers whose name recognition and adoration extends beyond the Country subculture and into many pockets of mainstream America.
So people in every walk of life were stunned and saddened to hear that her wrist needed surgery after she took a nasty fall, just a week after her moving tribute to the Las Vegas shooting victims.
Only now do we all know that Carrie's face was also badly injured during that same fall on her stairs.
In fact, as she only recently revealed, her injuries were so extensive that she had to receive "40-50" stitches to her face alone.
Obviously, this entire experience must have been very frightening for Carrie.
Not only because she's, you know, a human being, but because she's a public figure. Oh, and one of the most beautiful women on the planet.
Any injury is scary, but an injury to her face could potentially transform her life for the worst.
So we were understandably eager -- yet apprehensive -- to see how Carrie (and her face) are recovering.
And now we have a photograph to examine:
Adrienne Gang was the Chief Stewardess on the first season of Bravo's series, Below Deck.
On December 12th, she tweeted this photo, providing context:
"Just worked out next to @carrieunderwood NBD... she is adorable and so gracious... LOVE HER!
Now, Adrienne has revealed that she had no idea that Carrie was injured at the time. This photo was the first taken of Carrie after her nasty encounter with the stairs -- at least, the first that the public has seen.
Some fans think that they can see signs of injury. Other fans seem to have vague suspicions.
"But how’d she have 40-50 stitches on her face like 3 weeks before this??" one fan asked.
Another pointed out that there were signs of recent injury.
"i can kinda see it?? like on the far side her face looks pretty beat up, but it also looks to be recovering okay."
We can "see" it, too -- but would we have ever noticed it as anything other than "workout makeup" if Carrie hadn't told the world?
"Why is she being cryptic about looking different? Confused."
Like most people, Carrie -- yes, shockingly beautiful Carrie -- is probably much more critical of her face's appearance than anyone else.
Some fans sounded almost disappointed that Carrie looks so good.
"She sounds like she's prepping us for deformity and she looks just fine."
Others say that maybe Carrie's face is worse off than we can see.
"There’s no way you can tell from this pic when you can’t even see a whole side of her face."
And others, well, are peddling conspiracy theories that we won't try to make heads or tails of.
"I smell either a lie in this tweet or plastic surgery."
We hope that Carrie makes a full recovery. She's beautiful, and even if she has some scarring or some other perceived "flaw," she'll remain shockingly gorgeous.
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