Update: Turns out we got hoodwinked and the quote is totally fake! Damn Tumblr kids.
We’ve long been defenders of Christina Aguilera‘s weight gain, because how can you reasonably expect a thirtysomething woman to look as skinny as she did at 19? To us, it’s another evolution in her career as a performer, and nothing to apologize for. And even though other celebrities have called her fat, it seems like Christina is finally making peace with the changes in her body.
In fact, in her new interview with Billboard, she provided some fascinating insight into what happened the first time she started to gain weight, ten years ago:
“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. I had gained about 15 pounds during promotion and during my Stripped tour [with Justin Timberlake]. 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. [They claimed] people I toured with would also miss out if I gained weight because I would sell no records or tickets for my shows. I was young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during Back to Basics promos and touring… I told them 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.”
First off, I had no idea that Christina was Ecuadorian, though she’s probably included on some of those “Surprise Latino Celebrities” lists floating around the internet. But while we applaud her owning it in such a public way, the implicit message is problematic. Christina’s all “I’m fat and proud!” but really only by Hollywood standards. Look at the Stripped-era photo I posted above—she looks fine! Sure, she’s not stick-thin anymore, but she probably weighs less than the average 32-year-old. So if this celebrity is saying that she represents fat people, the actually obese must feel awful, right? But I guess that’s why it’s good we have celebrities like Honey Boo Boo‘s family now, to show actual body acceptance.
[via Celeb Dirty Laundry]