Christina Aguilera has always gone heavy on the makeup during her 20-year career in show business.
But for the May cover of Paper magazine, the Genie In A Bottle hitmaker had on not one bit of paint as she was seen in extreme closeup.
The siren, 37, was almost unrecognizable as she held a manicured hand up to her naked lips, flashing not a diamond ring but a band that said MOM on it.
The cover line read Transformation and inside the photos by Zoey Grossman showed more of the same, though in some frames she was heavily made up.
In the makeup-free shots, Aguilera interestingly has freckles which fans have not seen before as they are always covered up.
The Stripped hitmaker also had her blonde hair worn naturally in one set up as little wisps surrounded her face.
‘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,’ the Dirrty singer told the magazine.
‘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,’ remarked the Lotus singer.
But she says she will be back to her heavily painted look very soon as she still loves makeup.
‘I mean, I’m a girl that likes a beat face, let’s not get it twisted,’ she explained with a laugh.
In another set up, the Lady Marmalade singer had her hair in a short style with very short bangs, and again she had no makeup on.
The Beautiful singer’s skin looked flawless.
Another setup saw her with curly short hair as she modeled a Burberry plaid shirt that fell off her shoulders.
And then there were plenty of shots where she was fully made up, but her makeup was messy as if she had been partying or crying or both.
A dramatic set of pictures saw her with red eye makeup and red lipstick on as false eyelashes washed down her face.
The cover girl also wore a see-through plastic raincoat that showed off her figure.
Also in her interview, the Grammy favorite talked about growing up with abuse.
‘I watched my mom have to be submissive, watch her Ps and Qs or she’s gonna get beat up,’ said the star.
‘You can either be, unfortunately, so damaged by it that you take a turn for the worse, or you can feel empowered by it and make choices to never go down that route.’
It taught her to understand that some women cannot get out. ‘I hate when people say, “Why doesn’t she just leave?” There’s psychological damage and mental abuse that comes with being in a situation like that. A lot of people don’t have the ability to vocalize it themselves or have the know-how to get out.’
The beauty came to mega-fame in the 1990s with pop-rock hits. But she got her start in the Mickey Mouse Club alongside Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.
After a comeback with The Voice, she has since taken things slower as she welcomed her second child Summer Rain, three (she already has Max Liron, 10), but was recently a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
And this year she has two movies coming out: Zoe, in which she plays robots, and Melissa McCarthy’s comedy Life of the Party, in which she plays herself.
She said her dream would be to work with Will Ferrell.
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