Christina Aguilera (aka Xtina aka Baby Jane aka Madam X) has been revealed as the star of Health's May 2021 "Beauty Issue," photographed by Coliena Rentmeester. In the accompanying story, the 40-year-old pop icon gets candid about new music, self-reflection, and more.
• On new music: "I'm months away from anything being announced. I'm simultaneously working on my English record and the follow-up to my debut Spanish album—about 20 years overdue. I'm a perfectionist and want to give everything my best—especially because of the soul-searching I've done over the past year and the new perspective I have... I've fallen in love with music all over again, which is a really big thing to say, having spent my entire career in music."
• On self-love: "Entering this business, I hated being super skinny. Once I turned 21, I started filling out a little bit, and I was loving my new curves. I appreciated having a booty. I've always said that women are way more interesting to look at than men! I have a hard time looking at the early pictures of myself because I remember feeling so insecure. I would never want to relive my 20s—you're so in your own head and finding your confidence. As you age, you stop comparing yourself to other people and start appreciating your own body and owning it."
• On her definition of beauty: "Accepting yourself is what beauty is really about. As much as I also love being a glam girl and playing dress-up for the camera, when it all comes off, that's what's ultimately most rewarding—being able to feel really good about who's staring back at you in the mirror, because you're owning all of it."
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