Christina Aguilera Fought Her Record Label For The Right To Gain Weight [UPDATE: Apparently, She Didn’t]


Recently Christina Aguilera debuted her new music video for Your Body and I couldn’t help but notice her body. It was… amazing. And when she was spotted out and about in Beverly Hills I, once again, couldn’t help but notice the amazingness that was her body, lol. Not everyone’s a fan, but I think she looks great and I was pleased to hear that she recently spoke out about no longer wanting to be passed off by her label as a ‘skinny, blue-eyed white girl.’ Click inside to learn more about what Xtina had to say in an interview with Billboard magazine.

The HuffPost has the story:

The former “Mickey Mouse Club” star — who, along with her young co-stars Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, was catapulted into musical fame — says she felt pigeonholed and pressured to maintain a “skinny, blue-eyed white girl” appearance, even though she was quickly tiring of the image.

“During the promotion of my album Stripped [in 2002], I got tired of being a skinny white girl. I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl,” Aguilera told the publication.

She describes an “emergency meeting” arranged by the label after discovering that Aguilera had added extra weight to her petite 5-foot-1-inch frame.

“The next time my label saw me, I was heavier, darker and full of piercings!… Let me tell you, that wasn’t an easy pill for them to swallow. I had gained about 15 pounds during promotion and during my Stripped tour [with Justin Timberlake, 31]. They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight. Basically, they told me I would affect a lot of people if I gained weight — the production, musical directors.”

The comments spurred Aguilera to drop the weight and become “toothpick thin” for her 2006 Back to Basics tour, but the 31-year-old singer has a decidedly different perspective about her body and yo-yo diets now. Aguilera recently announced that she was quitting “The Voice” to work on a new album, Lotus — her first in two years. And she flat-out told her producers that her body was no longer up for discussion.

“I told them during this Lotus recording, ‘You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it,'” she said. “My body can’t put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore — my body is just not on the table that way anymore.”

Read more here.

Ah! I just love that last line: ‘my body is just not on the table that way anymore.‘ Love it! And even though I still maintain that nobody has complete control over their body, I love hearing  that Christina decided to redefine her own image for herself. That is awesome. Although, I should say that it made me squirm to hear her describe herself as a ‘fat girl.’ I understand that that is certainly how many will see her now, but there’s something um… really effed up about that. Christina looks amazing and she gets all the props in the world from me!

What do you guys think of Christina’s new attitude? We’ve been talking a lot about body image on here, between that Karlie Kloss photoshop issue and Julia Kozerski’s striking nude portraits. Do you see women making strides as more statements are being made about body image, acceptance, and change?

UPDATE: So, basically this whole post is somewhat irrelevant as PITNBR Jess was kind enough to point out to me that new reports are surfacing proving that Christina NEVER made ANY of the above statements. Christina Aguilera’s rep told Entertainment Weekly that she never said any of the things concerning her weight and/or her record label. Nobody knows exactly how the rumor got started, although it’s possible it began with a tumblr or something.

My apologies to everyone and thanks again Jess! Although the quotes are incorrect I don’t think our entire conversation is irrelevant, lol. The fact that someone would make this up (which is really, really annoying) and the fact that we were all drawn to it shows that there’s still a lot people have to say on this topic. Thanks to everyone who weighed in!



  • bosie

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! She still talented, pretty and capable os doign everything she’s done before but better. experience is like a good wine.

  • Nathan

    Don’t really know that I would call her a fat girl…

  • Jessica

    As long as she’s promoting HEALTHY…. (it would be great to hear her talk about eating healthy, exercise etc in the future) I met her when she was the skinny white girl promoting her cd in Vancouver and she was the tiniest little thing – small frame, small curves and knew that when I saw her *weavier* lately, that it wouldn’t take too much weight for her to look that way. It’s a great start!

  • rOXy

    I think she looks amazing, too, Shannon. Gorgeous. While she is thick by Hollywood standards, I wouldn’t call her fat. She’s got vavavoom killer curves! Everyone’s body has a healthy set point where it feels most comfortable. Some people are just naturally larger, they used to call it big-boned. Perhaps this is HER healthy, and to fight your body your entire life for the sake of image? Pish! You go, girl! THIS is an example of healthy thinking. Great role model and I am happy to see her head is on straight.

    • Joan

      Exactly. Different people, different body types. Nobody should have to live up to the pressure of fitting someone else’s standards of what they should look like. That goes for both slim and curvy woman out there!

  • Krissy

    I know it is a business and the artist is their product…but it REALLY makes me feel ill to think of an emergency meeting to address someone’s weight. Just wrong.

    I think she looks good, and I think it shows a lot of strength to tell her label that her body is off the table. Seriously. The label controls how many people get to hear her music, how often it is played on the radio, number of singles, budget of videos, touring, promotion for it all….To stand up to people who have that much control over your work takes HUGE balls (or I guess I should say a huge uterus).

  • nicole

    love her!

  • Erika

    love her too!

  • JEM

    She’s HOT

  • Jess

    Shannon,just wanted to let you know that this quote from Xtina is actually false. For some unknown reason Us Weekly picked up a fake quote that someone posted on Tumblr and now it’s spread like wildfire.

    • Shannon

      Jess, thank you so much. This sucks, man. But such is the life of the world wide web. I’ll update the post.

    • Jess

      No problem! I do love all the positivity that has come from this article but as a fan I dislike when fake stories, whether good or bad,are spread about her.

      I also really respect the fact that you and Trent always strive to post the truth, and nothing but the truth, on this wonderful blog. Keep up the good work!

    • Shannon

      Thanks Jess, and thanks for being a part of the blog as well :)

    • rOXy

      I agree with what you said in your update, Shannon. This whole conversation is still relevant. Christina STILL looks hot, hot, hot! Hope she doesn’t change a thing!

  • Jennifer

    Also, she is a mom and that changes your body. I have 2 sons, and have worked HARD to get back to a healthy size. Even so, the actual shape of your body tends to change. I agree that I’d much prefer the focus to be on her looking healthier instead of “thin”!