Christina Aguilera Stands Up To Record Bosses Pressure To Lose Weight
Christina Aguilera has hit out at record bosses who piled pressure on her to lose weight in an exclusive interview with Billboard magazine.
When she rose to fame with her debut single Genie In A Bottle, Christina was your typical slim, blonde teenage pop star. However, as her career blossomed and Christina grew into a woman, she started to develop a curvier, womanly figure.
Despite looking amazing in the eyes of the general public, Christina has revealed that at the time she first put on some weight back in 2002, record bosses wasted no time in telling her to lose it.
The industry professionals warned Christina that her career would go down hill if she didn’t lose at least 15lbs. This immense pressure resulted in the singer sliming down to her smallest weight ever by 2006, which then sparked concerns from fans that Christina had become too thin.
Now back to a fuller figurer, Christina has finally spoken out about the pressure she received to be thin early on in her career.
Christina revealed to Billboard magazine: “During the promotion of my album Stripped, 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. 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 15lbs during promotion and during my stripped tour. They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight. They claimed people I toured with would also miss out if I gained weight because I would see no records or tickets for my shows. I was young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during Back To Basics promo’s and touring.”
Now Christina is older and more confident, she admits she would not let any record bosses pressure her to change her weight, and in fact told them whilst making her new album Lotus, that they will have to except her, and her fuller figure. “I told them, ‘You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it.”
Christina finally stated that she does not worry about her changing weight, as she believes her music and new album will sell based on the sound: “My body can’t put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore- my body is just not on the table that way anymore.”
Article By Victoria Beckett