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Christina Aguilera Breaks Down Her Most Iconic Music Video Looks

Christina Aguilera breaks down her most iconic music video looks, from "Genie in a Bottle" and "Lady Marmalade" to "Dirrty," "Beautiful," and "Candy Man." She explains which looks and styles reflected certain stages in her career and the origins of twerking.

Released on 5/16/2018

Credits

Starring: Christina Aguilera

Transcript

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Hey, I'm Christina Aguilera and I'm here with W Magazine
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to go over some of my video looks.
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(giggling)
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This is Genie in a Bottle.
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Oh, the beach, my very, very first video ever
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back in the TRL days.
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Yes, sporting the mid-drift, that was the time.
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It was, like, the main thing.
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Me, Brit-Brit, everybody was sporting the crop tops.
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So cute in my little body makeup tan.
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(laughing)
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Which I still do, that's why I stay out of the sun.
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There they are, boom, the orange pants with the beaded top.
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I think those were, like, Abercrombie & Fitch.
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That was before I discovered my love of extensions.
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At that point in my career, I was still
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playing the label game and I remember just being
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in these fittings where, you know,
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I would be watched by certain members of the label
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and it was very, like, Well, that's approved,
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that's not approved, this is approved.
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So it was super confining and super restricting
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and it made me feel like, you know, a weird Barbie of sorts,
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but, you know, it was paying my dues and at least
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it was successful enough to get my foot in the door.
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And looking back at this one, it was alright.
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It was alright.
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This one is Lady Marmalade.
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This one I really got to get theatrical
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and I love to play dress up.
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This was like a fantasy come true.
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So over the top, it was insane,
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and it wasn't just like one thing was over the top,
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It was makeup over the top, like, feathers.
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It was just like throwing toppings on a cake
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and I was a whole bunch of extra, let me tell you.
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When he told me I could play dress up for this one,
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it was super, super fun.
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The hair probably, at that point in my life,
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might have weighed more than I did, I'm not sure,
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but between that and the high platform boots.
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I just remember, like, the beading and the makeup,
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everything, it was just so detailed and beautiful.
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I think the stylists did a good job of
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kind of putting together pieces that
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worked for everyone's individual style,
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playing up to what we wanted to do.
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I just definitely wanted the, like, exaggerated headpiece.
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I mean, look at Pink with the top hat
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and Maya with her feathers and just this amazing
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little blonde bra around Lil' Kim.
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I mean, we all definitely had our own little
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specific individuality on this video,
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which I love looking back at and being able to appreciate.
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This is Dirty.
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This has to be just one of my all-time favorite videos ever.
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It was living life at 21 at its best
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and bringing chaps to the scene and controversy flared
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and sometimes that's what being creative,
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being an artist, being a risk-taker is all about,
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and I look back at that video as just
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being one of the best times.
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What was funny about this video is that
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I didn't think it was anything to me,
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I was just having so much fun with my girls
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and years later it was called, like, twerking, I guess,
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but it had been around for a long time.
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I was spending time with a lot of dancers
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that were doing it before it was, like,
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a thing that was given even a name.
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You know, years later Kylie Jenner, you know,
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wearing the chaps and Miley Cyrus, you know,
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putting it in her concert and all these little nods
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and, you know, them killing it in their own way
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and bringing it, you know, to life.
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Here's Beautiful.
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This was an amazing video because you went
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from the extreme of having something so out there
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and in your face such as Dirty,
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and then sort of this introverted,
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vulnerable side of myself in an isolated room.
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Very closed, tight shots of my nose ring.
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(laughing)
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Which was so big at the time.
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We all called it, like, the ferris wheel.
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I still have it tucked away in my keepsake jewelry box
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and I still have a little hole in my chin
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from the other piercing and all the other
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crazy piercings that I had,
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but this was a super ground-breaking video for me
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and I know it spoke to so many people who were struggling,
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how their own personal stories and struggles,
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either the struggles with being gay or cross-dressing
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or eating disorders and things that people normally,
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you know, might have problems with talking openly about,
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and this was definitely a video that
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put things in the forefront and definitely
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opened things up for conversation.
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This is Candy Man.
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I mean, this is one of my favorite videos.
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It was the most time-consuming videos
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because you might think that maybe we tried
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to duplicate me without me having to be there.
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Oh no, oh no, I played myself three different times.
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My body double, who knew how to jitterbug
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and do the flips and turns,
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although some of those were me, don't get it twisted.
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I could do some things but this was inspired by
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the Andrews sisters and doing sort of, like,
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this three-part harmony duo so I wanted to
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incorporate that in the video.
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It's very cheeky, it was during the Ain't No Other Man
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video era of time when I did all the throw-back,
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sort of Marilyn-esque pin-upey vibes,
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but we also did sort of that strong,
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you know, that great pin-up shot
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with the muscle, We can do it,
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girls can do it for themselves.
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This is such a climate in today's world of
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people bringing up things that are important
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to them and going into the new record,
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it being called Liberation,
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I feel like I'm at that point in my life
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once again where it's important for me
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to help them discover their own voice.