What Dropped Record Deal? Kellie Pickler Strips Down for Headlines — PICS

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June wasn’t exactly what you’d call the best month for country darling Kellie Pickler. On June 28, which just so happened to be Pickler’s 26th birthday, she was dropped by her record label, Sony Nashville. But, thanks to a smoking new spread in Maxim, July is heating up for Pickler. Clad in a uniform-inspired bikini — or is it lingerie? Who cares! She’s showing plenty of skin — Pickler graces the cover of Maxim‘s “Salute to the Military” issue. And soon after the special issue hit news stands, Pickler became a trending topic on Twitter. 

If you make it past the cover, Pickler talks to Maxim about her dedication to the military, including her five USO tours. “I come from a military family,” she says. “My grandfather is a retired Marine, and I’ve always had a great deal of respect for anyone who serves our country. It really does take someone special to sacrifice everything. I don’t mean just their lives, either. There are men who are sacrificing the chance to hold their newborn baby!”

Now back on U.S. soil, Pickler is showing her support as well as her… assets. Scroll down to see Pickler in all her glory. 

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Celebrity Editor Abbey Stone hails from the fair isle of Martha's Vineyard, a lovely, vaguely dinosaur-shaped spot of land located off the coast of Cape Cod, MA, that is best known for exporting preppy salmon-colored pants. But the bright lights of New York City beckoned, and Abbey was lured away from her coastal haven to attend Barnard College. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in English and a much less useful minor in Dance. Abbey has been published in Dance Magazine, The Huffington Post, Time Out New York, and Popstar! magazine (where she learned more than she ever wanted to know about Justin Bieber). Abbey now lives in Brooklyn, where she spends her days watching stupid Internet videos and reading pretentious books.