Born: December 18, 1980 Height: 5' 1"
Christina María Aguilera is an American singer. She first became known to the public as a child upon appearing on television series, The Mickey Mouse Club
. Aguilera's first charting song was Walt Disney Pictures' 1998 film Mulan's theme song Reflection
. She rose to fame with her 1999 teen pop self-titled debut album, which produced three US Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles: Genie in a Bottle
, What a Girl Wants
, and Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)
Christina first began performing at age six in school talent shows. At age eight, she appeared on the nationally syndicated Star Search
, at ten she sang the National Anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, and then, at twelve, she joined the cast of The New Mickey Mouse Club
, appearing on the Orlando-based show along with future stars Britney Spears
, Ryan Gosling, J.C. and Justin of 'N Sync, and Keri Russell of Felicity
In early 1998, Christina auditioned to sing Reflection
for Disney's animated film Mulan
. The filmmakers needed someone "who could hit a high E above middle C," according to Christina, who cut a one-take demo in her living room singing to a karaoke tape of Whitney Houston's
"Run To You." That same week, RCA Records signed her to a record contract. Mulan
premiered in 1998, and Reflection
turned into a Top 15 A/C single.
Christina Aguilera's breakthrough year began with her first #1 single "Genie In A Bottle," which stayed atop the charts for five consecutive weeks and rocketed the album to #1 in 1999. Her follow-up Spanish album Mi Reflejo
and holiday-theme album My Kind of Christmas
were released in 2000 and entered the top thirty of the Billboard 200. Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa
, and Pink
covered Labelle's 1974 single "Lady Marmalade" for the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge!
. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks.
In 2012, VH1 named Aguilera the eighth greatest woman in the music industry. Aguilera has also been recognized as "The Voice of a Generation". Aguilera has reinvented her public image numerous occasions throughout her career. In the later 1990s, she was a bubblegum pop entertainer which made her a teen idol. Aguilera introduced her alter ego "Xtina" during 2002 and 2003, which presented an increasingly provocative persona. During this time, she dyed her hair black, debuted several piercings, and participated in several nude pictorials. In 2004, Aguilera embraced a more "mature" image with retro-styled hair and makeup, inspired by classic movie stars Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich and Mary Pickford. This reinvention was named "Baby Jane", taken from the film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
. Aguilera received widespread criticism over her "curvy" figure from gaining weight in 2012. She later received favorable media attention after significant weight loss in 2013.
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