A little over 16 years ago, Christina Aguilera was a pop sensation in the throes of turning her clean Princess of Pop act into a dirrty one. Just a couple of years before, she’d busted out onto the scenes as a challenger to the cheeky cookie cutter Girls Next Door image so many pop music blondes the likes of Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore, and Britney Spears rocked at the time. Her album “Stripped” was meant to scrub her manufactured image clean of any glittery and childish residues and leave just her: an artist on the verge of self-discovery and maturity.
Regrettably, the coming of age moment was swiftly shot down and marked by critics as her era of”hoe-ness.” During a Saturday Night Live segment on the album, Tina Fey quipped that the singer’s metamorphosis had given her a venereal disease.
In a recent interview about her latest album and career, Aguilera touched on what life was like for her at a time when media was focused more on stripping down her efforts and pitting her against another major female artist of her time (cough, cough: Britney).
During her latest interview with Cosmo, Aguilera spoke about getting stripped again for her album called Liberation.
Aguilera’s first efforts of stripping herself free of her studio-designed look saw her in caked smokey eyes, black extensions and a chin piercing. She sang about her sexuality and body with no apologies and demanded her audience to think of themselves as beautiful This time, the singer’s latest album takes the word “stripped” to a much more literal place. Still, speaking to themes of self-love and appreciation, the musicians latest album takes her to a place where her look is much more natural.
Speaking about her decision to ditch most of her makeup and glow for the look of her cover album, Aguilera says “With this record, I’m stripping back a lot and just trying to find myself again—just the true love and the art in the process, and not just going for some formulaic sort of force-fed direction that we can get caught up in. So I want to flip it on its ear and I want to do something completely unexpected from a pop-formatted show—a fresh perspective that I’ve never done this of a tour before—super creative, super interesting.”
When it comes to the criticism she received for her early 2000s makeover for “Stripped” the singer says she had to learn to shrug it off.
During the promotion of her album, outlets ridiculed her for looking “repulsive” and “whorish.” Time Magazine went so far as to say that she came “direct from an intergalactic hooker convention.” Speaking of the criticism, the singer explained “It’s hard to hear yourself being called names. I remember being hurt by these commercials on MTV, pitting Britney as the good girl and me as the bad girl. It’s like, if I’m going to be demure and innocent, that’s okay. But if I’m going to just be myself, I’m trouble.”
Responses to Aguilera’s latest interview, so far, have been extremely supportive.
Te amo Chris, sos mi presidenta. Saludos.
— La Jefa del Gremio (@femigangsta) August 28, 2018
The Latin singer seriously got quite a bit of love from her fans for being so real and going pretty natural for her look.
Most of us were just pretty darn shook.
Statue of Liberty is shook
— Accelerate (@VisforVanityy) August 28, 2018
FANS ARE LITERALLY COMPARING HER BEAUTY AND POSE FOR THE FEATURE TO THE STATUE OF LIBERTY!
She seriously looks like a goddess.
— Illustranimations™🌹|FIGHTER (@Lustranimation) August 28, 2018
And TBH I’m pretty sure any version of Christina should be used as a national monument.