Christina Aguilera: The Evolution of a Copy Cat
The sultry singer has reinvented herself dozens of times, and takes cues from some of history’s most famous leading ladies. See how her look has changed through the years.
She’s gone from “Dirrty” girl to changing dirty diapers, and now, after a two-year time out to be a mom, Christina Aguilera is back and looking toward the future — literally. On June 4, the singer releases her space-age CD, Bionic, which, she says, “was inspired by a lot of electronic music, electronic artists, and so you’ll hear all of those elements.”
Whether you’ll see those elements is a different story. Though she may be venturing into Jetsons territory with her music, Christina seems to be stepping back in time when it comes to her style. During a March 23 outing to the Trousdale nightclub in West Hollywood, the 29-year-old blonde channeled ‘50s redhead Lucille Ball with her pulled-back curly moptop.
It’s not the first time she’s looked to other famous females, past and present, for inspiration. Like her idol Madonna – whose looks she has also lifted over the years – the former Mouseketeer has been reinventing her appearance with every new album.
“I think that life is all about changing and trying to continue your growth as a person,” explains Christina, who with music producer husband Jordan Bratman, 32, has a son, Max, 2. “I’m not the same person that I was on the last record, and I wasn’t the same person on [2002’s] Stripped as I was when I first came out.”
So just who does Christina think she is? “I am the kind of artist that constantly likes to change,” she says, “and constantly likes to challenge myself and give my audience a new look and a new me.”
Well said, Christina – though we have to admit that some of those looks aren’t necessarily new. Here we present a gallery of gals whose signature styles the “Beautiful” singer has rocked throughout her career.
With her black curls, pencil-thin eyebrows, heavily mascaraed peepers, and giant hoop earrings, Christina (at a 2003 Teen People event) was a dead ringer for 1930s cartoon sweetheart Betty Boop. Another flapper phase followed in 2006, with her Jazz Age-influenced 2006 album Back to Basics.
At the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, Christina made waves of a different sort with her hair homage to Tinseltown’s original platinum blonde, silver-screen starlet Jean Harlow. “I’m so fascinated by the old Hollywood retro and glam look,” says Christina.
Strutting her stuff on the runway at a 2004 Versace fashion show, Christina looked positively angelic with her flippy Farrah Fawcett wings. “I’m big on conditioner because I put my hair through a lot,” says Christina, who was a blonde, brunette and redhead during that year.