Christina Aguilera has been criticized for years by both the public and her record label for her fluctuating weight. In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Aguilera revealed that her label went so far as to call an emergency meeting after she gained 15 pounds while on tour for 2002’s Stripped.
“Basically, they told me I would affect a lot of people if I gained weight – the production, musical directors,” The Voice judge told the magazine.
The 5 foot 1 inch Aguilera, who was 21-years-old at the time, dropped the weight for 2006’s Back to Basics tour in fear of ruining her career.
But Aguilera put her foot down while she was recording her upcoming album, Lotus.
“You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it,” she told her label, RCA Records. “My body can’t put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore — my body is just not on the table that way anymore.”
Lotus reflects Aguilera’s new attitude. The cover art for the single “Your Body” shows the singer wrapped in nothing but translucent pink fabric. In addition, the video for the single (released on Friday) has Aguilera showing off her curves with a number of tight outfits.
“This album represents a celebration of the new me,” she said. “And to me the lotus has always represented this unbreakable flower that withstands any harsh weather conditions in its surroundings, that withstands time and remains beautiful and strong throughout the years.”
Aguilera isn’t the only celebrity to embrace her curves lately — Lady Gaga started a “body revolution” last week by baring (almost) all of her body. —Portia Baladad