Christina Aguilera for W Magazine

Posted on June 16, 2011

Christina Aguilera is on the cover of the July issue of W magazine, made up like Lady Gaga circa 2009, for some reason.

W Magazine July 2011 Issue
By Lynn Hirschberg
Photographs by Daniele Duella & Iango Henzi
Styled by Giovanna Battaglia
Hair by Luigi Murenu for John Frieda
Makeup by Tom Pecheux for Estée Lauder

It’s not a bad shot, though. We don’t love this look for her but anything is an improvement over her normal look of lacquered hair, orange skin, and ten pounds of makeup stuffed in a dress two sizes too small. But we’re concerned…

On the tumultuous set of Burlesque: “There was a lot of incestuous energy in that movie, and it was very hard to be in the center of all that. A lot was riding on the film, and I bore the brunt. I was like, ‘Hey, stop fighting—this is my career.’”

On the National Anthem fiasco: ““Everything on the field at the Super Bowl was vividly bright, and I was having a moment. I got lost in the emotion of being there and I messed up the lyrics to the song. I knew the press would glom onto it. I went to dinner after the Super Bowl with Matt and I laughed about how I’d made myself into a Trivial ­Pursuit question: ‘In 2011 what female singer flubbed the lyrics to the national anthem?’”

On nearly falling to the ground during a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Grammys: “I know what everyone was saying and during that Grammy moment, when I nearly collapsed, I was thinking, Are you kidding me? I’ve always been really good with my heels. Even pregnant, I could perform in heels. Note to self: Never wear a train onstage. My heel got caught in my train, and if it wasn’t for Jennifer Hudson, who picked me up as I went down, I would have fallen to the floor. When it happened, it was just like, What else, God?! What else?! I threw my hands up in the air and started smiling, because what else could go wrong?”

Aw, she sounds so downbeat and defensive, poor thing. We’ll take off our bitchpants and slip into our “wholesome, supportive gay” clothes for the rest of this post.

Christian Dior Fall 2011 Collection Model Viviane Orth (IMG)

Like we said, this is not a look we’d recommend, but Xtina, sweetie, look how interesting you look! And we totally don’t mean “interesting” as  euphemism for anything! We mean that, on top of showcasing your naturally pretty features, this stripped-down (sometimes literally) look gives you an inner life and makes you look like you might have something to say as an artist. The aging burlesque star looks you favor only make you look shallow and desperate to hold on to your looks and youth, when – and this is the important part – HONEY, YOU STILL HAVE YOUR LOOKS AND YOUTH. You also have talent. Now get yourself a good stylist – and we’re gonna break from tradition here and strongly recommend a female one, because you’ve been shooting for “fierce” and missing for too long when what you need is someone to help you express your inner self better – and the two of you sit down and figure out a way to make a pretty 30-year-old with a great set of pipes and a successful career actually look like one instead of someone decades past their prime.

There. That was sort of nice and supportive, wasn’t it?

[Photo Credit: via wmagazine.com, style.com]

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  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    She does look better, but there’s a lot of Photoshop going on…

    • http://profiles.google.com/caitlinsteinert Caitlin Steinert

      My thoughts exactly.

    • http://twitter.com/foodhussy foodhussy

      Ya think?! 

    • Anonymous

      Agree, agree agree!! Plus she sounds so full of herself and don’t feel sorry for her at all, sorry boys.

  • Ceur -

    I think she confused ‘angelic’ with ‘anemic’.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous photos.

  • Anonymous

    If you hadn’t said it was her, I never would’ve known

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=831747935 Tina L Power

      In the thumbnail I honestly thought it was Lil Kim

  • Anonymous

    She looks younger and fresher her than usual.  I’d advise her to look at these carefully, take notes and try to tone the ageing burlesque star look down.  A lot.

    • Anonymous

      And that Dior dress is gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

    I love the pictures, but she also looks photoshopped to death, or these pictures must be really old then

  • Anonymous

    That pale green dress is amazing on her.  And no. red. lipstick. EVER!

  • Anonymous

    That pale green dress is amazing on her.  And no. red. lipstick. EVER!

  • Anonymous

    That pale green dress is amazing on her.  And no. red. lipstick. EVER!

  • Anonymous

    That pale green dress is amazing on her.  And no. red. lipstick. EVER!

    • Anonymous

      I LOVE red lipstick, but red lipstick, plus black eyeliner, plus false eyelashes, blue a crapload of eyeshadow just doesn’t work, especially on a bleach blonde latin girl.

  • Anonymous

    That pale green dress is amazing on her.  And no. red. lipstick. EVER!

  • Anonymous

    That pale green dress is amazing on her.  And no. red. lipstick. EVER!

  • Amanda in Austin

    I never would have guessed that was her on the cover.

  • Amanda in Austin

    I never would have guessed that was her on the cover.

  • Amanda in Austin

    I never would have guessed that was her on the cover.

  • Anonymous

    What is with this bizarre obsession — almost a fetish — with making celebrities look like celebrities they are not. Within half a year there will be another cover turning someone into Christinia/Britney circa 2001.

  • Anonymous

    What is with this bizarre obsession — almost a fetish — with making celebrities look like celebrities they are not. Within half a year there will be another cover turning someone into Christinia/Britney circa 2001.

  • Anonymous

    What is with this bizarre obsession — almost a fetish — with making celebrities look like celebrities they are not. Within half a year there will be another cover turning someone into Christinia/Britney circa 2001.

  • Anonymous

    What is with this bizarre obsession — almost a fetish — with making celebrities look like celebrities they are not. Within half a year there will be another cover turning someone into Christinia/Britney circa 2001.

  • Anonymous

    What is with this bizarre obsession — almost a fetish — with making celebrities look like celebrities they are not. Within half a year there will be another cover turning someone into Christinia/Britney circa 2001.

  • Anonymous

    At least part of the reason she sounds defensive is that the questions are about her fuck-ups.

  • Anonymous

    At least part of the reason she sounds defensive is that the questions are about her fuck-ups.

  • Anonymous

    At least part of the reason she sounds defensive is that the questions are about her fuck-ups.

  • Anonymous

    At least part of the reason she sounds defensive is that the questions are about her fuck-ups.

  • Anonymous

    At least part of the reason she sounds defensive is that the questions are about her fuck-ups.

  • Anonymous

    At least part of the reason she sounds defensive is that the questions are about her fuck-ups.

  • Anonymous

    “Incestuous energy”??

    Can someone please explain that to me? 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      I’m wondering if she meant ‘insidious’?

      • Anonymous

        “Insidious” makes more sense. Couldn’t she have just said “tension on the set”?

        • Anonymous

          Which translates to “now that the press rally is over, I can say that everybody was a bitch to me, esp. Cher” or something of the sort. 

          At least she said it, I hate it when celebs praise their director / co-star in those interviews. I mean, in the world of giant egos, who can believe nobody ever doesn’t get along with others?   

      • Anonymous

        “Insidious” makes more sense. Couldn’t she have just said “tension on the set”?

  • Anonymous

    “Incestuous energy”??

    Can someone please explain that to me? 

  • Anonymous

    “Incestuous energy”??

    Can someone please explain that to me? 

  • Anonymous

    “Incestuous energy”??

    Can someone please explain that to me? 

  • Anonymous

    She looks better as Lady Gaga than she does as her usual Mae West.  I wonder what she could look like if she washed her face and got an appropriate wardrobe.

  • Anonymous

    She looks good. And she was good in Burlesque too even though the movie was horrid. I never want to be a celebrity because someone is always watching. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    Also: Look how much thinner you look in clothes that fit!

  • Anonymous

    Oddly, she looks a little like ScarJo in those pics.    Too much Photoshop

  • Anonymous

    I like these pictures.Strange and unnatural. She looks elongated like a Goya painting.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, she does look much better, but I really wish they’d stop with the Dee Snider hair on her.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

    Agree that she looks much better here. Based on recent photos I’d thought she’d gained a lot of weight, but the boys are right that it was just from being stuffed into clothes 2 sizes too small. She looks to be a normal, healthy weight here. There’s certainly some Photoshopping at work here, tho – the curve of her butt and leg in the nude/draped photo looks a bit off. Still, let’s applaud Xtina for going down a different road. And she’s not orange!

  • MilaXX

    She always looks prettier when she dials back the makeup and fake tan to a 3 instead of her usual 11. I’ve seen other photo shoots of her that have done this. I just don’t think she gets it.

  • Mariah J

    You can actually see what her face looks like! What a concept!

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t even look like herself.  Well, the self she puts out on every stage and red carpet.  How can she look at these pics and not think ‘wow, I look so much better without all that makeup and the whacked-out hair!’  Not that this isn’t whacked out hair, but at least it’s interesting whacked-out and not sad whacked-out.

  • Anonymous

    She looks really pretty in the Dior. REALLY.  I love the color.  Even her hair color, which I normally don’t love, works with this toned-down look.  But I agree on the Dee Snyder hair–not loving it.

  • Anonymous

    Not loving the Poodle-cut on the cover.  Torn on the Dior.  Everything is great except the bouquet boobs. Makeup, hair, skirt: all good.

  • taodon

    Wait – it’s actually a woman under all that make-up?!  Wow, I’m surprised.

  • scottyf

    T&Lo said…
    “That was sort of nice and supportive, wasn’t it?”

    You had me at hello.

    Okay, you never really said hello…but you know what I mean. What fabulous men you are.

  • Anonymous

    that cover is atrocious. whoever clumsily photoshopped her head to be 2x its natural size should be fired

  • Anonymous

    Love your advice to Aguilera. It is spot on. I wish she could laugh at herself for these hiccups in her career, but from that interview, it sounds like she doesn’t have that capability.

    She looks so much better when her make up isn’t applied with a trowel. The green Dior dress is so soft and lovely on her.

    • Manuel Dávila

      She has been laughing at her hiccups on every tv interview she has done this year, and on “The Voice”.

  • http://profiles.google.com/angelarosesarno angela rose sarno

    unrecognizable.  even after you told me who it was.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UDBCEX7F43LCBKPOIVVVLQVILE Mary Nau

    I love her makeup and that dress looks better than anything she’s worn for years.

  • http://twitter.com/1carmelita 1carmelita

    She looks really pretty in the pale green Dior. The soft makeup really suits her. Can’t say I’m a fan of the wild hair, but it works here. Especially with the similarly crimped fabric in the dress. It also creates an interesting textural contrast with her smooth skin. 

  • http://twitter.com/etuluna Chris Torres

    I don’t see Lady Gaga here. If anything Christina looks like herself from the Versace ad campaign of 2003.

  • http://twitter.com/etuluna Chris Torres

    Christina Aguilera by Steven Meisel for Versace = http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmvibwF1bc1qbj3ol.jpg

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B53PQYXSJR4YJBV3J6BWYSICRQ Jamie

    Looks a little Stevie Nicks don’t ya think?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19609084 Richard Audit Holtz

    Enough with the Gaga crap already.. You should have just copied and pasted MTV’s article from yesterday and called it your own. Please do yourselves and favor and look up Christina’s 2003 Versace pose, and tell me who looks like who here. http://tinypic.com/r/fk3z1y/7 (link is pic of Christina’s Versace shoot)

  • Anonymous

    Word, TLo. She’s such a pretty girl, but that Mae West thing she’s doing is just tragic. I refuse to believe that she looks in the mirror and says wow, I look good.  

  • http://twitter.com/enuma enuma

     She’s so pretty when she’s not working that Oompa Loompa Hooker look.

  • Anonymous

    If only she would read and obey.

  • http://twitter.com/merrigator merrigator

    Please call her and tell her this.  She needs your help!

  • Anonymous

    The cover shot is depressing because it’s barely a photograph; even I can tell it’s all been drawn in. jesu criste!  The fashion shot is pretty, though, and T Lo are (as they almost always are) quite right in their assessment of CA’s predicament.

  • terpsichory

    And also, her crotch smells like roses!

  • Anonymous

    I love the photos and I love her…especially her voice.  She has a set of pipes that not too many people can top.  I seem to be one of the few that didn’t put on bitchpants today.  She’s had some hard knocks lately and is still around…how many can say that?  Certainly not Ms. Spears…..

  • Beth G

    I’m sure she’s been slimmed down via photo-shop, but I still think this is proof that you look SMALLER if your clothes aren’t SKIN tight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Issa-Valle/100001605510968 Issa Valle

    Why is the world so cruel to her? What’s up with all the haters? Do have anything else to do than to hate? I think Xtina looks wonderful and she’s really talented. I hate those people who calls Xtina ‘fat’ even though she’s just average. when in fact these people who calls her nasty things are actually obese women/gay men who don’t have life than to face the computer and hate on beautiful celebrities. geez… GET A LIFE!

  • Anonymous

    I suppose that young and fresh aren’t the labels she wants, but they apply here.
    The Dior dress is so pretty on her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1089192579 Ron Lester Whyte

    why do people always compare everything everyone does to Gaga? And of course it’s photo shopped, ALL magazine covers are. She looks better than most of you could ever hope to look, stay mad and jealous. Get a life, losers.

  • Anonymous

    She looks so much younger and fresher here. I dislike the cover shot immensely. It makes her look like a bobble head…big head on oddly tiny body. She looks so soft and pretty in the Dior though and you can tell that she’s actually young and pretty.

  • Anonymous

    She’s beautiful. How can she go back to her usual makeup after looking like this? I don’t get it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Dead on TLo!

  • Anonymous

    I SO agree with you boys! I’ve always thought she was really talented and beautiful. Somehow she almost always looks a fright, kinda lost actually, It wouldn’t hurt her to play to her natural beauty and maybe go just a touch softer in her style.

  • Margot Brose

    I bet after all the treatments it’s had, that’s the natural texture of her hair.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.parker Sara Parker

    I think she looks lovely.
    My one complaint is the first shot, where they photoshopped out one of her legs: she looks like an amputee, and she’s strategically holding the roses to cover the stump of where her leg used to be.  An unfortunate oversight.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, she looks so much better when she’s not made up like a whore.  Amazing transformation.  Too bad we will probably never see her like this again.

  • http://twitter.com/rmcgrudiva RL McGruder

    *slow clap* Yes.

  • mcarlson

    This is the best she’s looked in a long time. I love her voice despite all the melisma (is that the right word?). I’d love to hear her do some downright smokey jazz a la Diana Krall and then kill it with some Etta James.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    i have -no- issue whatsoever w/ christina aguilera–she looks great here & i am glad she does.

    however, that cover:
    bad photoshop! bad photoshop!
    oh, my heavens, they cut her in half & threw on a blanket! then they stuck some roses in her crotch & called it a day!
    {actually, they probably stuck a little box w/ handles around most of her & stretched it.}
    what the h-e-double-toothpicks. it’s one of those that you see on first glance. it’s MEAN.

  • http://www.facebook.com/izzzyy Dixie Murphy Ross

    CNN called – they want their bad photoshop back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=37300827 Johnny Heffernan

    Have her lips always been that scary looking?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2B6U4UNVYIV5DLEG6Z24ALYOC4 Dan Alexander

    Pull it together Christina! That crispy fried trailer park hair is nasTy!

  • http://profiles.google.com/aislingoconnor Aisling O’Connor

    She has an interesting nose. Very impressed. For a change. She’s still filed under ‘assless chaps’ though.

  • Anonymous

    That *was* nice and supportive and I appreciate it, because that interview made me sad. She looks very interesting in this shoot — I didn’t like the spiderweb hair in the face shot, but the cover and the Dior dress images are the first I’ve seen of her that made me stop and look again. It’s very weird that they gave her a mermaid fin instead of legs in the cover, isn’t it? 

  • Anonymous

    That *was* nice and supportive and I appreciate it, because that interview made me sad. She looks very interesting in this shoot — I didn’t like the spiderweb hair in the face shot, but the cover and the Dior dress images are the first I’ve seen of her that made me stop and look again. It’s very weird that they gave her a mermaid fin instead of legs in the cover, isn’t it? 

  • Anonymous

    That *was* nice and supportive and I appreciate it, because that interview made me sad. She looks very interesting in this shoot — I didn’t like the spiderweb hair in the face shot, but the cover and the Dior dress images are the first I’ve seen of her that made me stop and look again. It’s very weird that they gave her a mermaid fin instead of legs in the cover, isn’t it? 

  • Anonymous

    That *was* nice and supportive and I appreciate it, because that interview made me sad. She looks very interesting in this shoot — I didn’t like the spiderweb hair in the face shot, but the cover and the Dior dress images are the first I’ve seen of her that made me stop and look again. It’s very weird that they gave her a mermaid fin instead of legs in the cover, isn’t it? 

  • Anonymous

    That *was* nice and supportive and I appreciate it, because that interview made me sad. She looks very interesting in this shoot — I didn’t like the spiderweb hair in the face shot, but the cover and the Dior dress images are the first I’ve seen of her that made me stop and look again. It’s very weird that they gave her a mermaid fin instead of legs in the cover, isn’t it? 

  • Anonymous

    What can I say? I have no opinion of this.

  • http://twitter.com/alileonard Alison Leonard

    Where is the rest of her on that cover shot?!!?
    The crazy photoshopping makes it look like they just cut her in half!

  • Anonymous

    It was VERY supportive, guys.  Good show.  But does she know what “incestuous” means?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Jean-St-Martin/504251897 Lauren Jean St. Martin

    First time I’ve seen her in a long time that she doesn’t look like a chunker. 

  • http://twitter.com/karenrubyleo Karen

    I kind of love it!

  • Anonymous

    EVERY FUCKING BLONDE WHO ISN’T IN AN ALINE SIMPLE DRESS IS NOT RIPPING LADY GAGA!  Give it a break. The woman did not in ANY stretch of the imagination invent freaky, avant garde – seriously she is the recipient of a long line of men and women who let the freak flag fly LONG before she did and at times when it was MUCH more edgy to do so. IN FACT Aguilera was working it pretty well herself for some time before Gaga came along and she decided to settle into bad Mae West drag.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      thank you for it not having to be me this time.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    Wow, she is so much prettier with a more natural look.

  • http://soyeahsoblog.blogspot.com April and Maya

    I think that Christina is so gorgeous in minimal makeup and it saddens me that she goes out looking the way she does.  I hope she has a style intervention soon.  

  • http://twitter.com/Space_Kitty Space_Kitty

    I can’t get behind that hair, but if you ask me that Dior is her dress.  Great color, fit, texture and AGE APPROPRIATE.  Hope things turn around for her soon.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    I hardly recognize her without the spray on tan and the spackle makeup.  She IS a beautiful, talented girl, and I wish she’d figure out that she doesn’t need all the rest of that crap.

  • Manuel Dávila

    She doesn’t look like Lady Gaga circa 2009, she looks like Christina Aguilera circa 2003 (in her Versace campaign), and like Christina Aguilera circa 2008 (on her Citizen K photoshoot).

  • Anonymous

    This is a magnificent turn of events for her. She looks just fabulous (alright, airbrushed but great). SHE LOOKS MUCH BETTER IN THE DIOR THAN THE MODEL!! Totally rocks that gown!  Love the crazy hair, for the photo shoot, anyway.

  • Anonymous

    And stop comparing her to Gaga. Xtina came first — and she has a much better voice.

  • vmcdanie

    She looks SO much better this way. I could quibble about the crimpy hair but, no. This is a Mars expedition-sized trip in the right direction. And the dress? Not tight and unflattering and leopard print. Hooray.

    Does she sound resigned? I think at least it’s good she can laugh about this past year. She flubbed the Anthem. Shit happens. She tripped on her train. I fell walking my dog two days in a row this week. There were all these stories that took these two incidents and turned them into “Christina’s meltdown.”  It just made me cringe, the feeding frenzy of failure the internets tried to whip up.

  • Anonymous

    I like the frizzed out hair.  But I loved her Dee Snyder Grammy’s (or whatever it was) look back in the day too.  Don’t think these angles are super flattering to her face, but she does look fresh and interesting. 

  • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

    Underneath all the disguises and the over-production of her albums there is an amazing voice and a real singer. I hope she reconnects with that in a way she can share with us some day. Disney has a lot to answer for.