Christina Aguilera 'Loves Her Body,' But for How Long?

Christina Aguilera promoting The VoiceChristina Aguilera isn't the skinny tween we first met on The Mickey Mouse Club or the thin teen when she debuted her first single, "Genie in a Bottle." She's 31 years old, a mom, and rocking seriously voluptuous curves these days. But some people still expect the pop star/The Voice coach to look like she did when she was 16. These are the same people ripping her for looking like she's gained weight over the past year or so. Thank goodness Xtina has fighting words for her critics.

She recently told People: "Women, we are definitely under a microscope and under massive scrutiny. As long as I am happy in my own skin, that is all that is all the confirmation I need ... I have a boyfriend that loves my body. I love my body, my son is healthy and happy and that is all that matters." Awesome! It seems like she's really spreading a positive message about healthy body image, but unfortunately, I have to wonder how long it'll last.

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How many times before have we been duped into thinking a celeb is actually cool with her curves? Look at Jessica Simpson -- supposedly happy with no longer being the pin-thin Daisy Dukes-wearing starlet she once was, she's now signed up for a post-partum weight-loss program well before even having her kiddo. Or how about Jennifer Love Hewitt, who defended her shape when paparazzi took photos of her in a bikini a few years ago ... and then went and lost however many pounds, flaunting it on the cover of a tabloid? And one of the worst offenders in this category of backtracking body image is Crystal Renn, the anorexic model-turned-plus size poster girl who is back to being scary slim. (Sadly, I think her hypocrisy stems from some serious food/weight issues.)

It's one thing if these actresses just want to lose a few pounds to get healthier, but it seems to me that more often, they're simply caving to all that "massive scrutiny" to go to the other extreme -- stick thin. It would be incredibly refreshing for once to see a celeb like Christina stay healthy and happy at a size 6, 8, 14 (a la Marilyn Monroe) instead of feeling compelled to sign up with NutriSystem or Weight Watchers or NV (cough Holly Madison, who was never even overweight in the first place! cough) to get down to an obviously unrealistic teensy Hollywood size.

Hearing Christina speak out about being happy in her own skin is amazing and admirable ... I only hope we don't see her on the cover of Us or People several months from now, exclaiming that she's lost 50 pounds in 10 weeks or whatever, because that would only prove she -- and every other supposedly "comfortable in her own skin" star -- was playing us for fools.

What do you think about Christina's body confidence? Do other stars who are hypocritical about their bodies bother you?

 

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