"I'm a performer, that's who I am by nature," she tells Paper. "But I'm at the place, even musically, where it's a liberating feeling to be able to strip it all back and appreciate who you are and your raw beauty."
Without her typical smokey eye and bold lip, you can see the star's gorgeous freckles. (Who knew she had them?)
Without her typical smokey eye and bold lip, you can see the star's gorgeous freckles (who knew she had them?)—which is a refreshing 180 from the very done-up look her fans are used to. And she's not here for the criticism.
"There's always gonna be those trolls out there or people that have their own definition and ideals of beauty," says Aguilera. "But I think we're progressing to a place of pushback and more people coming out." AKA more people are challenging the norm—and getting stripped (ahem). Praise to that dose of realness. Anyone else suddenly feel like belting out "I am beautiful..."?
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