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In 2014, Kim Kardashian attempted to ‘break the internet’ by posing naked on the cover of Paper magazine. Now four years later, Christina Aguilera’s return to the spotlight and appearance on the cover of the controversial mag may have a lot less skin, but fans are seeing more of Christina than ever before.
The 37-year-old pop star appears fresh faced with little make up on the April issue of Paper, showing off freckles and a natural glow that has likely come from taking some much needed time away from the spotlight to focus on her family and personal life. We thought we had seen every side of Aguilera, but we were wrong. Yas kween.
Shooting a number of looks for the magazine, Aguilera strikes a balance between keeping it natural and still experimenting with make up, wearing heavy lashes and a Fendi sweater in one pic and donning a bleached blonde wig and no make up in another, making her look much younger than a five-time Grammy winning mother of two. Girlfriend is Benjamin Button’ing us and slaying at the same time.
A chameleon throughout her career, fans have watched as Christina went from the bubble gum pop days of The Mickey Mouse Club, to her emergence as a solo pop star in 1997 with her debut album. Always changing her look and sound, Aguilera would reinvent herself many times throughout the past two decades, from her leather chaps in the Stripped era to her pin-up throwback Back to Basics, taking things more electronic for Bionic all the way to her hippie love child aesthetic for Lotus.
It’s now been five years since Aguilera’s last album and except for her stunning Whitney Houston tribute at the 2017 American Music Awards and appearing on the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, we haven’t heard much from the singer. Thankfully, that looks like it will soon change.
While Aguilera didn’t specify in her new cover interview with Paper where she was in the writing process for her next album (rumours are circulating a new single could be coming this month), she has responded to fans on social media who have asked. Oh Xtina, we’ve missed you.