Christina Aguilera, who is known for her daring and bold hair and heavy make-up, is always a thief. But for her recent magazine cover, the star underwent her most dramatic look yet.
On the cover of the April issue of the Paper, the singer is stripped of hair, make-up, revealing a fresh face of freckles and feathery blonde hair.
The star, who sports a simple gold ring with the text “Mom” on the cover of the magazine, opened up about to go au natural for the shoot.
“I’ve always been someone who clearly loves to experiment, loves theatre, loves to create a story and play a character in a video or by means of the stage”, she said to the Paper. “I’m a performer, that is who I am by nature. But I am at the place, musically, where it is a liberating feeling to be able to strip back and appreciate who you are and your raw beauty.”
Aguilera is make-up in the new Paper Magazine spread.
(Zoey Grossman, Paper Magazine)
In addition to her great beauty, transformation, the singer also talked about witnessing domestic violence as a child and the evolution of her image as an artist.
“I looked to my mother to be submissive, watch her Ps and Qs or she’s gonna get beat up,” said Aguilera. “You can be, unfortunately, so much damage that you will take a turn for the worse, or you can feel empowered by it, and to make choices to never have to go that route.”
The singer went on to say that it frustrates her, people are quick to judge why or how long someone stays in a violent relationship when the case is not something that is easy to solve. “I hate it when people say, ‘Why doesn’t she just leave?’ There is psychological damage and mental abuse that comes with being in a situation like that. Many people have not the possibility to say it yourself or have the know-how to get out.”
Aguilera, who told the magazine that she tends to draw her inspiration from the pain, also discussed her music and style transformation in the time, saying that as an artist, she likes for each album to “other directions” as a way for her “exploring various side of[s] of themselves.”
(Zoey Grossman, Paper Magazine)
The former “Voice” coach said that compared to when she started in the industry, artists today don’t deal with so many first research that if they ever did.
“They don’t have as much clearance when they arrive on the scene. And that’s what I did. It was a very interesting and controversial time for me, ” Aguilera said.
The singer explained that today is the day, new artists seem to be more accepted and recalling the backlash she got during the time of her “Dirrty” album.
“Women are not sexual enough or we’re not enough of a fantasy for you, but if we are overtly sexual or feeling empowered in a certain way, then we are ashamed for him,” she said.
But just like all the shamers out there, the singer said in a modern world obsessed with social media, there will always be haters.
“There is always gonna be those trolls out there or people who have their own definition and ideals of beauty, but I think we go to a place of pushback and more people come.”
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