Pretty as a picture, Christina Aguilera shines in no make-up cover

April 5, 2018

Pittsburgh native Christina Aguilera is known for her over-the-top voice, personality and make-up, typically sporting mounds of teased hair, full, painted lips and several layers of eyelashes in photographs and for performances.

So her fans may be pleasantly surprised to see the pretty, fresh-scrubbed, girl-next-door, almost unrecognizable look as she appears on the cover of the New York-based magazine Paper.

A closer look shows a sprinkle of freckles across the bridge of her nose.

It’s an appearance that still would turn heads on any college campus, commuter train or shopping mall.

Aguilera, 37, is not the first celebrity to go naked - from the neck up.

Alicia Keys recently made headlines by disavowing make-up for most television appearances and performances.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce, supermodel Gigi Hadid, Rihanna and actress Sofia Vergara all have turned the camera on themselves sans feminine “war paint.”

Instagram has several sites, including #nomakeup, where men and women post photos of themselves as they look waking up, fresh out of the shower, or after removing a day’s worth of make-up.

In the interview accompanying her make-up free photo spread, Aguilera talks about how “liberating” she finds leaving the pots of glitter and glamour behind, even temporarily.

Dressing up to play a character, constantly changing her image with wigs and hair extensions, ruby red lipstick and smoky eyes are all part of being an entertainer, she says.

But stripping down to one’s own complexion, Aguilera says in the article, allows an appreciation for “who you are and your raw beauty.”

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.