There’s nothing particularly shocking about a magazine cover girl who isn’t exactly a covered girl.
But the photo of Christina Aguilera on the new issue of W Magazine has to be one of the oddest images in her visually eclectic career.
Could this be another example of Photoshop run wild? Truthfully, I kind of hope so: no healthy human body is meant to look like that. Actually, I’m not sure any human body does actually look like this: her elongated, stick-thin body looks more like Modigliani than flesh and blood.
Or perhaps the same people who once famously stretched out Paula Abdul in her “The Promise of a New Day” video have struck again after laying dormant so many years. (For an explanation of that, refer to In Living Color‘s wonderfully illustrative parody.)
Then again, maybe this rubbery, emaciated form is truly what Christina looks like these days (she must really count her carbs—and taking her human growth hormones). Clearly, the crazy amount of money she’s making from The Voice—she reportedly earns as much as the other three judges combined—is not going toward groceries.
As for the interview itself, Aguilera speaks candidly and gracefully about her tumultuous last year. Notwithstanding the success of The Voice, Xtina has weathered a divorce, a cinematic flop, and disappointing sales for her last album. Speaking about her failed marriage, Aguilera even hinted that there were affairs on both sides: “At one time or another, we were both not angels.”
In spite of her difficult year, Aguilera still has her eye on a long career, perhaps similar to her own musical icon Etta James. “I would never go down without a fight,” she says. “I still have my eyes on the prize: I want to be that old lady onstage shaking her hips and singing her greatest hits.”
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