Christina Aguilera Credits Christina Aguilera With Making Sexy Pop Acceptable
Christina Aguilera's 2002 album Stripped was more than just a quadruple platinum-selling, Grammy-winning project — it set the groundwork for acceptable sexuality for women in pop, according to Aguilera, herself.
In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, Aguilera — who'll soon embark on her first tour in years — said she took risks 16 years ago that would hardly ruffle any feathers in 2018.
“I love the female body, and I think it’s something to be proud of, not something that men should dictate ownership of," she said. "‘Dirrty’ was extremely controversial at the time, but it would be nothing now. I hope I paved the way and helped set the ground rules that women can be any version of themselves they wanna be...and proud of it."
And though Aguilera hasn't hit the road in a decade, she's ready to get back onto stages across the world.
“I’m thrilled,” she told People. “I feel like a new artist again, which is so refreshing. It’s what I’ve been needing for so long. I don’t really have any expectations.”
Still, if you plan to see her live, don't expect something hyper-stylish.
“I still love getting glammed up, but I want to show imperfections on this go-round," she said. "It’s scary, but I’m up for the challenge. You can’t tell me something I haven’t already heard about myself anyway.”