The year was 1999 and I was saving up all my money for fringe handkerchief tops at Contempo Casual and bright orange parachute pants. She was a little firecracker, that Christina Aguilera. A pint-sized cutie with the voice almost better than Whitney Houston’s.
Then in 2003, Aguilera came back a little angrier and a wee bit ghetto. Though I passed on wearing assless chaps, I respected her decision to do so. It also helped that Stripped was an incredible album.
So, Ms. Aguilera, while you’re walking around Hollywood with just a pair of undies on, your faithful fans fondly recall those badass moments on stage. “Moulin Rouge,” bitches!
Singer Christina Aguilera performs a medley of her songs " I Turn To You " and " What A Girl Wants" during a live broadcast of the 27th Annual American Music Awards show January 17, 2000 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
Christina Aguilera at KIIS-FM's 'Wango Tango' two day concert series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Ca. 6/16/01
NEW YORK - JUNE 08: Singer Christina Aguilera performs on NBC's "Today" in Rockefeller Center on June 8, 2010 in New York City.
MIAMI - AUGUST 29: Singer Christina Aguilera and Nelly perform "Tilt Ya Head Back" at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena August 29, 2004 in Miami, Florida.
Pop Singer Christina Aguilera Performs At Halftime November 21, 1999 At The Mls Cup Between The Los Angeles Galaxy And D.C. United At Foxboro Stadium In Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Singer Christina Aguilera performs onstage during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 28, 2003 in New York City
Christina Aguilera performing on the 2001 MTV Move Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Ca., 6/2/01.
Singer Christina Aguilera performs during the taping of "MTV Mardi Gras 2003" February 25, 2003 on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Christina Aguilera performs at the 30th Annual AMAs held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA., January 13, 2003.
Christina Aguilera performing at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles CA., on Wednesday night Feb 27, 2002.
Christina Aguilera performs at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001.
Christina Aguilera performing on the 2000 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Saturday November 4, 2000.
Christina Aguilera performs during the 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards broadcast at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday September 13, 2000.
Christina Aguilera perform at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 9/7/2000
Singer Christina Aguilera performs at 102.7 KIIS-FM's 6th Annual "Wango Tango - The Ultimate Reality Show" at the Rose Bowl on May 17, 2003 in Pasadena, California.
Singer Christina Aguilera performs for "TRL Presents: Christina Stripped in NYC 2002 at Brooklyn Bridge" October 7, 2002 at Empire Fulton State Park in Brooklyn, New York.
Christina Aguilera performs at KIIS-FM''s Holiday Jingle Ball concert December 16, 2000 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.
Christina Aguilera on stage at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, August 29, 2002.
S O U R C E
A perfect compilation of some of Christina's greatest moments on stage that exhibits just how great she once was and can still be. Pay close attention to her outfits in the photos and you can just see how much she's influenced today's music trends. Christina was often considered the underdog and criticized for her attire back in the day, but I think it's because of Christina that dressing wacky and crazy is now socially acceptable and expected of today's artists. I think it's quite sad she's so often discredited for the things she's accomplished and influenced. For instance, musically, she also influenced the gay rights movement in pop music with "Beautiful." Before that, so-called "gay anthems" were unheard of, or existed when the term had yet to explode into the realm of pop culture.
Now is a perfect time to recognize just how different music today would be if Christina Aguilera didn't exist!
Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did ♥