Christina Aguilera: The Power of Reinvention
Christina Aguilera is a famous face, a famous name, and a famous voice. Her musical talent has made her a household name, and earned her a great many awards and accolades. Music isn’t all she’s given to the world. She has also inspired some fragrances, some of which have become quite popular, like her music.
Born to be a Star
Even when she was quite young, Christina Aguilera knew she wanted to be a singer. She won her first talent contest when she was only eight years old, and that was only the beginning. When still a child, she even appeared on Star Search, though she didn’t win. After that, she sang before thousands, performing the national anthem before hockey, football, and baseball games in the city of Pittsburgh.
She appeared on television again, this time on The Mickey Mouse Club, alongside other future celebrities like Ryan Gosling, Keri Russel, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake. After the show was cancelled, Aguilera was signed to a contract with RCA while she was still in her teens.
Her first albums were a major success, spawning several Hot 100 singles in Billboard Magazine’s charts. While her first album was in the English language, her second was in Spanish, making her a big name in the world of Latin music, as well, calling attention to her Latin background through her Ecuadoran father.
Christina Aguilera proved to be as capable of working in groups as she is at working alone. Her collaboration to remake Labelle’s 1975 hit, Lady Marmalade, proved to be a huge success. Together with Lil’ Kim, Pink, and Mya, Aguilera had the top selling single for 2001 with Lady Marmalade.
Despite her early successes, Christina Aguilera was not satisfied. She wanted to sing in her own words, with her own personal voice. She left her management at RCA to create her fourth album, and reinvent herself for the first time, with a more adult image. Many questioned her change in appearance and focus, at least until her single “Beautiful” was released, showing that no matter what, this woman still had amazing talent that deserved to be heard.
Her style changed yet again with her next album, setting a more jazzy tone, like a tribute to the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, but with modern musical sensibilities, and a style that could only be Christina Aguilera.
This period showed she was truly a trendsetter, not only in music, but in fashion. It was another reinvention of her look that inspired other stars, such as Gwen Stefani and Ashley Judd to bring back the 1920s to 1940s Hollywood glamour look. It was almost inevitable that her inspirations would affect the world of perfumes as well.
Christina Aguilera’s line of fragrances proved to be as popular as her music in many places. One of her early releases was Fetish, a daytime scent, with a hint of musk, but an overall floral scent. It was made to be misted upon the skin.
Her fragrance called Inspire made its appearance in 2008. Its own inspiration was her husband’s own cologne. She liked the way it smelled on her own skin, so she had a more feminine version created. It opens with the aromas of mango, citrus, and freesia, to start with a fruity sensation. White rose, gardenia, and accentuated tuberose are the heart of the fragrance, and it is topped off with sandalwood, musk, and orange blossom. The bottle itself is unique, shaped like a silver tear with a wide, flat top.
No matter what she’s doing or what she’s making, Christina Aguilera is a cultural force to be reckoned with. The entertainment world has recognized her with a great number of awards, including a Golden Globe Award, four Grammys, and one Latin Grammy. She’s sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, with five singles to rise to number one. Her name was on Time’s list of Most Influential People in the World for 2013.
Recently, she’s introduced herself to millions of new people through her appearance on the very popular talent show, The Voice, as one of its judges. She was on the show in 2011 and 2012, but she has since moved on. The world is quite eager to see what she will come up with next.