Christina Aguilera Sheds Makeup in Bold New Look—Photos

Twenty years in, she still surprises us.

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Christina Aguilera is known for her bold looks. Crazy pink wigs. Blonde afros. And who could ever forget the pants she wore in her sweaty, raunchy 2002 hit music video "Dirty"?

A fan of metallic eyeshadow and smoky eyeliner, her makeup has always been loud, dramatic, and as heavy as her beats. Which is why she's virtually unrecognizable in her boldest look yet, going totally barefaced for the new issue of Paper Magazine.

If you didn't recognize her, you wouldn't be the only one. Fans were shocked at the pop star's newest transformation. Who knew that she had so many freckles, or such soft almond-shaped eyes? To her enormous credit, she looks more like a dewey, 14-year-old girl heading to the movies with friends than a 37-year-old international pop star.

Needless to say, people were here for the stunning new look.

In the cover story, Aguilera explained the reasoning behind her new au natural appearance:

"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," she said. "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."

For more incredible transformations, read the inspiring story of a man who lost 70 pounds and now looks like a Disney prince!

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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