AceShowbiz - Christina Aguilera, who is known for her bold red lips and smokey eye makeup, just showed her completely different self. The 37-year-old singer goes bare faced on the cover of Paper Magazine's latest issue, exposing her freckles and natural skin.
Xtina, who is also featured on the magazine's spread, looks almost unrecognizable without makeup. While she lets her hair down in some photos, she has her platinum blonde hair styled in curls and slicked back in some other shots.
Speaking to the magazine, the mother of two says that it feels "liberating" to ditch her makeup. "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," she says. "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."
Of making people feel confident in their skin, Christina thinks the new generation can make a change, particularly Cardi B. "She makes people really crack up just by being herself, and it's genuine," she gushes about the "Bartier Cardi" rapper. "[New artists] don't have as much backlash when they come out on the scene. And I did. It was a controversial time for me," she adds.
She also talks about public's expectation of women. "Either women are not sexual enough or we're not fulfilling enough of a fantasy for you, but then if we're overtly sexual or feeling empowered in a certain kind of way, then we're shamed for it," she explains. "Madonna had to go through it in her day, and she paved the way for my generation to come up. And paying it forward, now a younger generation is coming up and I'm loving what I'm seeing. It's so incredible."
As for body-shaming on social media, "The Voice" judge says, "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." She adds, "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."