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Christina Aguilera

Christina Maria Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American pop singer and ex-Mouseketeer who rose to fame in the late 1990s with her debut hit song "Genie in a Bottle".

She was born in Staten Island, New York.

Her first song recorded was in Japan, but she only caught the attention of Americans when she released the song "Reflection" for the Disney animated production of Mulan. The video clip featured a young Christina with a bob hair cut.

Catering to the fresh pop sound that was popular of the era, her career is still going strong in the year 2003, although her image has become increasingly sexual.

In the year 2000 she emphasized her Latino heritage, following the Latino trend of the time, by releasing her first Latin album, Mi Reflejo[?]. At this time she claimed to have been learning Spanish.

By the year 2002, however, her previously heralded vocals were much overlooked as she began to change her fresh, youthful image into that of a highly sexualized woman with hip-hop and porn-star influences. The video for her 2002 single "Dirrty" featured her writhing with members of both sexes including a female-only shower scene in which she was wearing only a thong and a bra. As she puts it, "I like the way I am. This is how I bring out my sexuality."

The "Dirrty" video also made the news when the government of Thailand banned the video from national television, because a pair of posters that appear in the background of the boxing ring advertise, in the Thai language, the sex tourism and underage girls of Thailand. The producers and director of the video claimed to be ignorant of the meaning of the posters. She is currently banned from entering Thailand as it is considered to have offended the Thai people.

Her second official English-language album was Stripped[?]. This features many interludes, one before the track "Infatuation", which features her speaking fluent Spanish, and a duet with Alicia Keys.

After the release of that album, she has taken part in photo shoots[?] for the magazines Maxim, Rolling Stone, and Cosmo Girl[?]. In June 2003, she began a tour with Justin Timberlake, called the "Justified & Stripped" tour.

See also: 1980 in music, 2002 in music

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