Christina Aguilera: ‘Actually, the challenge I’ve always had is being too thin’

Christina Aguilera covers the October issue of Lucky Mag, because she’s back to be a “thing” now that she’s on a hit reality show (The Voice). So we will have lots of Christina news and photos for a lot longer than I was expecting. As for her styling for the cover shoot – she looks pretty! I always like it when a magazine does a “makeunder” on Christina, and it’s nice to be reminded of her prettiness underneath all of that orange and red clown makeup. You can read the full Lucky piece here, and here are some highlights:

Christina’s response when she’s complimented about the song “Fighter”: “Awww. That’s why I wrote ‘Fighter,’ I have that need in me to help people. I am all about the underdog.”

Starting out in the music industry: “When you’re young, it’s so easy to get bull­dozed,” she says. She was surrounded by people trying to control what she said, what she sang and what she wore. “There were these two ladies who worked at the record label who always wanted to come to fittings and dress me up like a Barbie doll. It was disgusting.”

The success of her Stripped album: “I was 21 and fearless. It was a really great turning point for me to be the artist I’d always wanted to be.”

The difficult years: “Difficult moments in life can either get you down or they can inspire you.”

Her new album: In the next few months, she’ll drop a new album. “If you love ‘Fighter,’ ” she says, “you’re going to love my new album. As a 30-year-old woman, I’ve been uncovering my independence, and it’s been really fun to explore in the new songs.”

Her role on The Voice: “It’s a big responsibility to help someone express themselves as an artist. I take it seriously,” she says.

Showing off her curves: “Actually, the challenge I’ve always had is being too thin, so I love that now I have a booty, and obviously I love showing my cleavage.” Her advice for her curvy sisters? “Hey, if you can work it and you can own it, that confidence is going to shine through.”

[From Lucky Mag]

You know what this second-chance career trajectory reminds me of? Jennifer Lopez and American Idol. I wonder if Christina looks at what’s going on with J.Lo and takes it as a cautionary tale – like, “I should stick with a show that gave me a second chance, and just spend my downtime from the show working on my music career.” I am interested to see if Christina sticks with The Voice for any longer than, say, another two seasons. I wonder if Christina’s boy-toy – like J.Lo’s boy-toy – is telling her that she doesn’t need the reality show, that she’s a big enough star without the show.

Photos courtesy of Lucky Mag.

 

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  1. Eleonor says:

    There’s one huge difference between Christina and JLO. Christina can sing.

  2. Bluedog says:

    I hate, hate, hate that she felt she had to discuss, or was asked by the journalist to discuss, her body size. Men, unless they’re Jonah Hill post weight loss, rarely have to discuss their bodies.

    Christina’s body is fine a bit plump. She just needs to learn how to dress it.

  3. whatthehell456 says:

    I like her with the more natural-looking make up…and I think she looks better with a little meat on her bones…as for her personality, I don’t care for her at all.

    • OriginalTiffany says:

      Exactly, the challenge she has always had is that she’s always been a huge c*nt!

      • gg says:

        I started reading celeb gossip because of her. She was always trashing Britney, and Brit never responded negatively to her blastings, even though they were directed right at her. Xtina, when confronted about her nasty comments, always says stuff like, “I’m just a strong woman with an opinion.” No, hon, you’re a bitch.

        Now, neither of them is my bag, I hate the pop princess crap, in favor of hard-edged rock and roll, but badmouthing other performers never sits well, and she started this up when she was young, and never takes it back, and she has never stopped or learned how to give a gentle interview without cutting up other people, or slamming her detractors. Compare that to Gaga’s interviews – no contest. Gaga goes way out of her way to not slam others, so it’s possible. So I don’t like her and she needs to nicen up because she’s STILL just too mean, even after all these years, and having a baby. Still very immature, but loves to call other people out on their maturity, which, in itself is a childish way to handle public criticism.

        And the body issues – seems like she was very anorexic before, and had struggles keeping it off; i.e., has to starve to look thin, which, hey, I can relate, but quit lying!, is all I’m saying. Nobody buys it.

      • ZigZagZoey says:

        AGREE! Another thing that kills me about her is how she tries to sound so mature and sophisticated when she speaks…..Yet she looks like a clown and dresses like a whore….FAIL

        She CAN sing really well, but as someone said she oversings much too often!

  4. RocketMerry says:

    The blond has got to go. That hair is fried.

    X, look, just get a nice, soft, short hair-cut, dye it a nice chocolate brown and stop fake tanning all over your body. You’ll glow, I promise. Your face will look so gorgeous without the fake orange that you won’t need to cake on make up to enanche your features – a little mascara goes a long way!

    Oh, and since we’re at it… softer and classier clothing style. You’ll be fab!
    Signed, Concerned-about-ya-poor-hair

  5. spugzbunny says:

    holy photoshop batman! She is A LOT bigger than that surely?

  6. Samigirl says:

    Wth is she wearing? A denim shirt, black tights, and cream hot pants?!?! It looks awful!!

  7. atlantapug says:

    “Actually, the challenge I’ve always had is being too thin,”

    Uh, huh. Sell it to someone else. I remember all the way back to “Dirty” she had weight issues, and not the thin kind.

    Personally, I don’t care how much she weighs. It’s all the makeup and oompa loompa tanner that makes her look bad, not her figure.

  8. Hanna says:

    The styling is horrendous. Black leggings with white shorts.. are you serious?

  9. Isa says:

    Yea she was really tiny back when she first started out.
    She just needs to learn to dress her new body type.
    And that outfit they put her in his horrible.
    Am I the only one that can’t stand her voice?

  10. NM6804 says:

    It is too bad she is so ungrateful and plain rude to many people because she actually has the whole package. She is talented, she is beautiful, she has a great voice, writes her own songs and she is a good dancer.

    She grew in her albums and fans grew with her too. Stripped and Back to Basics were really good genuine albums that documented her struggles instead of staying in that same cliché popmusic box. Much better than Beyoncé who is still singing about being sexy for your man at age 30. I expect nothing different from her after motherhood btw.

    She is a good artist but as a person, she doesn’t strike me as being very reflective. Her cheating, badmouthing other artists or disrespecting them and then the alcohol issues are too obvious to ignore.

  11. DanaG says:

    That outfit she is wearing is just ugly but the hair and makeup are great. As for her weight issues not buying the whole she had trouble when she was skinney. Christina has always had weight issues she may be embracing herself now but she hasn’t always. I like her music unlike J Lo. I hope Christina sticks to her new gig.

  12. CooCooCatchoo says:

    She’s always done this, “Poor me, I’m the victim, my life is so rough” blah blah crap. Dad left mom, everyone compared her to Britney, blah blah blah! Get over it, Xtina. You have been blessed beyond belief, professionally and personally. The sour grapes, snotty diva schtick is old. Grow up, try to be more gracious and nicer to people – and stop wearing that awful red lipstick!

  13. Blake says:

    WOW. She looks horrible on this cover – like a blowup doll. What a terrible photoshop job.

  14. muprhy says:

    If she lays off the booze Xtina can do really well

  15. Mimi says:

    I totally miss late 90″s Christina. And I do remember her being super thin. Her size doesn’t matter. She is amazingly talented and looks beautiful in these pics.

  16. Katyusha says:

    The problem with you, Christina, is that you CAN’T work it.

    I admire confidence as much as the next person, but sometimes people are just too heavy to wear certain things. But that’s ok! I’m thin and STILL can’t wear skinny jeans.

  17. Starsky says:

    She was small when she first came out but then again she was 17-18. Don’t we all wish we were the size we were in high school? Her issue is the clown make up and dressing like a drag queen. a skinny drag queen when shes not really skinny anymore. I wouldnt call her fat though. shes normal human sized and thats great.

    she still comes across like a not nice person though

    • get it together says:

      honey, i AM the same size as i was in high school. i’m 30 years old, 5’2″ and 100 pounds. i work out 6 days a week and eat healthy with one or two splurge meals over the weekend. it’s possible to maintain weight for over a decade if you are just sensible about your choices.

      oh, and “normal human sized?” what does that even mean. just because someone is thin it doesn’t mean they aren’t a REAL woman or they are not NORMAL. this country is so intent on normalizing obesity it’s ridiculous.

      • Bodhi says:

        Good for you. But your situation is not the norm for most women. Most women’s bodies change as they age, especially after having a baby

      • get it together says:

        well most women also don’t keep up a fitness regime because they’re “too busy.” i’m a doctor and a wife and i make time for it. even in med school i worked out 5 to 6 days a week (for stress relief!). i married someone who has health as a priority also. after work we both hit the gym (sometimes together, sometimes separately) and are home by 7:30 to eat dinner together every night. i realize when i have children i may not be able to hit the gym daily, but then i will adjust how much i eat. anyone who says they’re “too busy” to fit at least some form of exercise into their lives is probably just lazy.

      • Kimble says:

        Any post that starts with “honey” is a giant fail …

        Smug much?

      • Rachel says:

        get it together — I think it’s great that you have such a healthy lifestyle, but you sound so full of yourself it’s hard to stomach your posts. You’re probably not as egotistical as you come across, but as it stands… yeah. It’s wonderful to have pride in your health but you sound awfully smug. Personally, I’d rather be chubby than a judgmental braggart, but that’s just me.

      • dagsohyoumeandogs says:

        Calm down. Maybe Starsky meant that most people wish they could be the same size they were in high school without the effort it takes most adults to stay that size. Or perhaps she said “size”, not “weight” for a reason, because some girls stay the same weight but get wider hips and grow breasts after high school as they finish puberty and physical maturation. This may shock and offend you- not all adult women can fit their pelvis into size zero jeans like they could at age 16, no matter how skinny they are. Here’s an actual orthopedic study to blow your mind! http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jor.21469/pdf

      • RuddyZooKeeper says:

        Just ruminating on how lazy and unhealthy I actually am now, according to our resident doctor. See, I thought that not doing the daily high school vs present day weight comparison was a sign of maturity, since back then 105lbs was achieved via half a pop tart, chemistry homework for lunch, 3 hrs of sports practice after school, and a slice of pizza before catching just 4 hrs sleep. Interesting.

        My question is: how do I get this blessed 36 hr day so many judgemental self-proclaimed skinnies have found?

        I find these comparisons ridiculous. My Gram weighed less when she died at 78 than at 18–of course, she’d been on a feeding tube for a bit, so … But it’s a goal worthy of losing sleep and quality of life and meaningful family time in order to achieve. To hell with raising responsible kids and paying the mortgage and mental health–105, here I come!

      • MizzVJJ says:

        I think that’s great you find time to workout and prepare healthy meals. It takes a LOT of dedication and patience to maintain that lifestyle. I find myself on the recieving end of a lot of slack because I workout five days a week. I don’t even eat seriously healthy, just okay, and people still hate on me because I have a lot more dedication than they do. But I workout for me, I don’t workout to please others, or became someone for overweight mothers to target their anger at.

    • OriginalTiffany says:

      I don’t think you necessarily get bigger as you age. I’m 43 and I swear I even fit into my 8th grade graduation dress. This may be due to the fact that I was already 5’9″ in 7th grade…

      And yeah, I popped out a couple kids and had to lose a bunch of weight.

      Eating healthy and working out isn’t boring. Why do we have to shame everyone for everything.
      Too fat, too thin, too healthy, not healthy enough. Don’t understand the hate for someone who lives the way they choose to.

      Yesterday Kate Hudson was working out 6 hours a day and no one called her boring.

      • Bodhi says:

        You have to admit that isn’t the norm, though. No amount of dieting or exercise will get most people back down to their pre-legal adult weight.

      • OriginalTiffany says:

        Seriously, I am not trying to fight, but most of the women I know DO look as good if not better than before they got older or had kids.

        My mom is a size 4, the Cirque wives are a tiny bunch, all thin and they are not artists, just wives. My old friends from High school look amazing. Honestly, I am a bit surprised everyone looks so good, but it’s not THAT uncommon. I know fewer people who aren’t as small as ever than I do the other way. Family, cousins, etc.

      • get it together says:

        well said tiffany! my mother, who is 64 and has had 2 children takes care of herself (she only works out 3 days a week but she makes sensible meal choices) and at 5’2″ is 112 pounds. she was 100 pounds when she got married at 22 and over the last 40 years (not including pregnancy) has only gained 12 pounds. i hope to look that good at her age and i think it’s completely possible and far from boring.

      • Bodhi says:

        I guess I just know a lot of & come from a family of lardassess ;-)

        I give up on posts that are about pregnancy or weight gain or loss. (Well, I gave up on the pregnancy ones eons ago b/c no matter what you say, someone will bite you head off & try to prove you wrong)

        In *my* personal experience, most of the women I know also look great, but they sure aren’t the same size they were at 13, or at 14. Or at 18 or 24.

        There are a lot of different women all over the place, saying that most do this or most to the opposite is futile b/c it isn’t true for 1/2 the population.

        I’d cut a bitch to be the size I was at 26, but it ain’t happening, no matter how hard I work out (which I have been doing religiously for months with little to no result) or diet (same thing)

      • OriginalTiffany says:

        Bodhi! I’m not trying to fight with you and am not bragging. I promise.

        I totally grant you and said above that when I was having kids, childrearing and doing a full time career it was harder and I was much heavier.

        I too am/now was in the medical field and the stresses of oncology and watching kids die drove me to seek out endurance riding (seriously long rides in the mountains and 50-100 mile races) as a way of escaping my anxiety and stress of my job. My hubby would care for the kids.

        Now on CIrque, I have completely admitted many times that I eat super clean and walk a ton because I have lived in Europe and Canada and all over without use of a car. I got into yoga to get off pain meds and my kids are older. I DO have it easy right now.

        I just do know a lot of women who look amazing as they age and give birth. My hips are a bit bigger, but everything else is pretty small. I fully realize how hard it is to balance a busy life and I don’t judge.

        Just making a point that many do look as good. I do notice a difference in what part of the country I am in and where in the world I live. Just don’t judge people who like to work out for stress or rehab and eat clean because they have intestinal issues. You never know someone’s whole story. I’ve lived both ways and I was a little what some would call lazy, but I would call exhausted after a long day with job, kids, laundry, dinner, etc…

        Peace pipe? I did not mean to offend you.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I will give my standard disclaimer when it comes to pregnancy-related weight gain posts; I am 100% unqualified to comment as I am childless.

        But I get what Tiff is saying here…I feel like she was trying to say that it’s a lifestyle choice.

        One thing I will say though is that I do not wish that I was the same weight as I was at 16-I’m in FAR FAR better shape now that I was then, thanks to knowledge and a religious workout routine. Part of me working out obsessively has been a determination to create a pattern that will transcend into my later years-whether I have kids or not, I want to always focus on exercise.

        I was always an art geek growing up-never into sports and didn’t discover the gym until college. But I’m lucky in the sense that I enjoy exercise and healthy food but I also make it a point to walk the two miles to work evey morning instead of taking the 15 min bus ride.

        I DO think that every woman is different but I’m alwasy surprised that a lot of women don’t understand how working out/calorie consumption tie in. For instance, you can’t eat a 700 calorie cupcake and negate that by working out for an hour. Doesn’t work like that.

        And can I also add that sleep deprivation is always a KILLER when it comes to the waistline. If I don’t sleep, I crave carbs like crazy. My body is telling me that I need carbs to give me the energy I’m lacking. I can only imagine how much this is compounded when you are not sleeping because your baby is up all night!

        You women are amazing-having a child is so hard on us-physcially, emotionally. But as my mom says-it’s worth it!

        Whoa-just wrote a novel there-sorry guys!

        PS-Bodhi, we miss you! Seems like you used to be around here more often..

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I will give my standard disclaimer when it comes to pregnancy-related weight gain posts; I am 100% unqualified to comment as I am childless but here I go anyway! *snickers*.

        But I get what Tiff is saying here…I feel like she was trying to say that it’s a lifestyle choice.

        One thing I will say though is that I do not wish that I was the same weight as I was at 16-I’m in FAR FAR better shape now than I was then, thanks to knowledge and a religious workout routine. Part of the motivation for me to work out daily has been a determination to create a pattern that will transcend into my later years-whether I have kids or not, I want to always focus on exercise.

        I was always an art geek growing up-never into sports and didn’t discover the gym until college, where I discovered how therapeutic exercise/athletics can be. But I’m lucky in the sense that I enjoy exercise and healthy food but I also make it a point to walk the two miles to work evey morning instead of taking the 15 min bus ride.

        I DO think that every woman is different but I’m always surprised that a lot of women don’t understand how working out/calorie consumption tie in. For instance, you can’t eat a 700 calorie cupcake and negate that by working out for an hour. Doesn’t work like that.

        And can I also add that sleep deprivation is always a KILLER when it comes to the waistline. If I don’t sleep, I crave carbs like crazy. My body is telling me that I need carbs to give me the energy I’m lacking. I can only imagine how much this is compounded when you are not sleeping because your baby is up all night!

        You women are amazing-having a child is so hard on us-physcially, emotionally. But as my mom says-it’s worth it!

        Whoa-just wrote a novel there-sorry guys!

        PS-Bodhi, we miss you! Seems like you used to be around here more often..

      • Laura says:

        Now, when I was in my health and nutrition class in college, the prof and the book said that the slowdown in metabolism as we age actually has very little to do with our age, but more to do with adopting more sedentary lifestyles as adults (having a desk job, for example). A lot of people disagree with me on that, so take it as you will.

  18. Lucy says:

    “Actually, the challenge I’ve always had is being too thin,”

    I think you’ve overcome it.

  19. ladybert62 says:

    Sounds like someone in denial about their weight to me – she has trouble being too thin? well, it depends on how you define thin.

  20. ramona says:

    I wish she’d stop dyeing her hair that white-blonde. It’s tacky.

  21. TG says:

    I don’t think she is pretty at all. Have you ever seen the behind the music stories of her as a child? She wasn’t pretty then and she isn’t pretty now. That is why she wears all that costume makeup and she has been a sloppy fat mess for a long time now. Can’t stand her. I really can’t stand celebs who marry very young and have a child then the inevitable seperation happens and next thing you know they are spilling out of clubs. When you have a child it is time to grow up.

  22. Arock says:

    She has trouble being too skinny, I have trouble being too rich. Right, xtina.

    Nice shorts. (snort)

  23. Cali says:

    Shame on Lucky magazine. Xtina is way wider than that and her chest is much much bigger. Photoshop the hell out of her and then say “oh i love my curves”. The girls reading it will think THAT is what curves are and hate that their own curves are MUCH bigger. I want to see the original photo. What a crock. If we want women/girls to feel better about their bodies, lets get a little more real about what REAL bodies look like.

  24. Sapphire says:

    She’s had cleavage for years-bought and paid for implants. Great way to enourage younger women to love their “curves”.

  25. cw says:

    sweetie, your “curves” are alcohol bloat!

  26. Shelly says:

    Christina was extremely thin as a teenager and until she had her child. I like her with some meat on her bones. She just needs a more adult and sophisticated style, because the things she wears tend to be on the trashy side and not flattering to her adult figure.

  27. Erinn says:

    I spend a good chunk of my day at work using photoshop. I’m in web design. Looking at those photos, it’s pretty damn obvious that they’ve been shopped. A lot. You can see wrinkles on the front half of the shirt, but they magically don’t appear on the sides, where her waist is so smooth. They’ve also used the dodge tool to lighten the edges of the waist to give it more dimension.

    It’s not even GOOD photoshop. It’s amateurish at best.

  28. Nikki Girl says:

    She used to be thin because she was pretty much a CHILD when she first came on the scene! I used to be that skinny too, because I was a teenager! It’s called getting older and having your metabolism slow down!

    Well congrats Christina, you certainly don’t have a problem with being too skinny now!

    God she’s a twit.

  29. apsutter says:

    I hope her new album is more like Stripped. I loved that cd!

  30. LG says:

    That blond… it’s so platinum… She would look much better with a natural shade of blond

  31. ZigZagZoey says:

    MOST teenage girls are very thin…Then they grow up.

  32. Marianne says:

    As for the “too thin” comments, I don’t think she’s suggesting that she is too thin now. I think what she’s trying to say is that for a long time, people always thought she was too thin and now that she’s curvy, people complain that she’s gotten fat. And she’s like you know what…I like my curves.

  33. Phil says:

    I think she is one of the few pop singers that can actually sing. She needs to calm her attitude, lower the make-up and dress her size. I am all for being comfortable with your body, but no matter what I like a covered modest woman more than some overweight girl letting stuff hang out. Anyway, who am I to say what she can and can’t do? She is smart enough to be this successful. But these are just suggestions.

  34. Tanya says:

    she was only ‘too thin’ because she was a teenager..or barely out of being a teen. at that age, one is usually teeny tiny. Not always, but normally. gosh, I saved my jeans from high school… I am the same weight i was then but there is NO way I could EVER put those tiny things on again. I was so tiny… *sigh*… ;-) guess that’s called becoming a woman.

    • Jayna says:

      Not true for Christina. She was very, very thin before her pregnancy on tour in 2006 (actually got pregnant on tour), and she was very thin for several years after her pregnancy (except for the immediate post pregnancy months) up to 2010. She was slender in Burlesque. Christina in Haiti in 2010 with barely any makeup on was very slender. She began putting on weight at kind of a fast rate when the marriage imploded in the beginning of 2011 and she took up with her boy toy from Burlesque.

      Christina very slender in 2010 with little makeup on in Haiti visiting with the children as providing awareness as an ambassador against hunger for a food program:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZkvzNjLo5o&feature=related

  35. yolo says:

    “There were these two ladies who worked at the record label who always wanted to come to fittings and dress me up like a Barbie doll. It was disgusting.” ….uuuuuhhhhh, so, Xtina, please tell me what you’ve been doing over the last 2 years?? You’ve looked like an X-rated barbie… chill out on the hooker gear, clown make-up and drop half of the runs in your songs and I suspect you’re next comeback attempt will be better, yes? If you want to revive your career, change your style. You look like Coco’s little sister..

  36. DreamyK says:

    Does anyone actually think she believes the BS she is spinning? Girl needs to set down the drank if she does. Yikes.

  37. Lisa says:

    Sigh. For the last time, you can be curvy and thin. Curvy shouldn’t be a euphemism for fat.

  38. skuddles says:

    I don’t care if she’s fat or thin but for the love of god do something about that hair!!!

  39. Piper says:

    After her son was born she did some political commercial and sang him the national anthem as a lullaby. It was so beautiful and I was really hoping she was going to put out a softer more mature album reflecting her new motherhood status. How wrong was I! This woman has turned into a complete train wreck. How long did that marriage even last??

  40. HappyJoyJoy says:

    She mentioned her booty? She just got butt implants!!!! A la Minaj. She’s a clown.Before: http://poponthepop.com/gallery/christina-aguilera-flat-butt/
    After: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XzpGONaGEh4/UD4mHyAuRWI/AAAAAAAAB6U/uATRYPfbkBw/s1600/13462452927cd404cddc906.jpg
    Remember when she was trying to be Gaga and that didn’t stick? Now she’s trying to be Nicki. What a poser!

    • Darth says:

      I don’t think you should be talking about Xtina “trying to be GaGa” unless you’re prepared to also talk about all of the MANY women that CaCa-face has tried to copy since she came onto the scene. Seriously, be just a little less of a hypocrite please.

    • right says:

      That’s what most smart people would notice that Aguilera is not fat she just got butt implants or fat grafting to go with her boob implants and she has had lip injections ,a nose job ,and her eyebrows look like they got lifted.I think it’s sad she walks around saying she loves her body weight and being bigger but had to get plastic surgery to achieve this look.Most celebs have gotten tons of plastic surgery once they do one procedure they don’t quit.

  41. none says:

    Her biggest problem seems to be finding a 24-hour Dunkin Donuts.

  42. Wicked says:

    “Actually, the challenge I’ve always had is being too thin” Really? She must be looking into one of those “fun house” mirrors! BTW, can I borrow it? I’ve been trying to loose 10 pounds, but I think its just easier your way :)

  43. mln89 says:

    her makeup looks great. her outfit looks atrocious.