Wow! If her name wasn’t plastered in bold on the cover, we would not have any idea who this is! But….we like it!
Christina Aguilera strips down as she fronts the latest issue of Paper magazine without an ounce of makeup! Shot by Zoey Grossman, check out what the 37-year-old mother of two shared with the publication about working on a new album along with her SICK spread below:
On her more minimalist look: “I’ve always been someone that obviously loves to experiment, loves theatrics, loves to create a storyline and play a character in a video or through stage. I’m a performer, that’s who I am by nature. But I’m at the place, even musically, where it’s a liberating feeling to be able to strip it all back and appreciate who you are and your raw beauty….I mean, I’m a girl that likes a beat face, let’s not get it twisted.”
On bringing her hairstylists wigs into the bedroom: “I think I wanted to go home and have sex that night and you were like, ‘Okay, don’t get her too messed up.’ I was like, no guarantees, thanks.”
On witnessing domestic abuse while growing up: “I watched my mom have to be submissive, watch her Ps and Qs or she’s gonna get beat up. You can either be, unfortunately, so damaged by it that you take a turn for the worse, or you can feel empowered by it and make choices to never go down that route. I hate when people say, ‘Why doesn’t she just leave?’ There’s psychological damage and mental abuse that comes with being in a situation like that. A lot of people don’t have the ability to vocalize it themselves or have the know-how to get out.”
On her six-season stint on “The Voice”: “I can’t stay in a stagnant place for too long, which is why I think the position I was in with television just became very stifling. I need movement, I need to go explore, be an artist, create and transform.”
On living in the age of social media: “There’s always gonna be the good and the evil, the dark and the light. I think now is the time, more than ever, that we’re seeing that in every sense of the word. There’s always gonna be those trolls out there or people that have their own definition and ideals of beauty, but I think we’re progressing to a place of pushback and more people coming out.”. t’s like my Instagram says right now. Everybody that can’t hop on that train can suck our dicks.”
Images: Zoey Grossman for Paper