A quote that’s supposedly taken from a Billboard profile of Christina Aguilera has been going around the Internet today. It’s about the pressure her record label has put on her to conform to a certain narrow beauty ideal that should be very familiar to anyone who has seen a music video, and her more recent pushback against said pressure:
“During the promotion of my album ‘Stripped (in 2002), 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. They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight. Basically, they told me I would effect a lot of people if I gained weight – the production, musical directors.
I told (my label) during this ‘Lotus’ recording, ‘You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it. They need a reminder sometimes that I don’t belong to them. It’s my body. My body can’t put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore — my body is just not on the table that way anymore.”
Pretty bad ass, right?
Unfortunately, she never said that; Aguilera’s rep has issued a statement saying the quote is fake, information which is also readily available to any intrepid myth busters who deigned to read the actual article. This is probably a teachable moment as to why bloggers need to do their (our) research before churning out a post on a quote that they found on Tumblr, but why was everyone so ready to believe it? Could it be because fake Xtina said exactly what a lot of us want to hear? Personally, I know that when I hear a successful woman talk about taking control of her image, whether it be through looking how she wants to look or controlling her artistic output, I’m ready to stand up and cheer.
Unfortunately, Christina didn’t do that in that particular article. That said, she’s said plenty of body-positive things in the past, so if you want to use her as your body positivity role model, by all means have at it.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)