Christina Aguilera Gets Down and ‘Dirrty’

Ah, that time little miss pop princess Christina Aguilera shed her sweet image and flipped the bird to every vanilla expectation people had of her. Directed by David LaChapelle — a guy who knows a thing or two about making the provocative look like art — Dirrty didn’t just push boundaries at the time, it obliterated them with a wrecking ball.

Dirrty is all hips and lips and a devil-may-care attitude that says, “I’m not here to play nice anymore.” It’s not just about sex appeal — though there’s plenty of that dripping from every frame — it’s about Aguilera reclaiming her narrative. From bubblegum to bombshell in one fell swoop, an audacious, ballsy flipping-of-the-script.

Dirrty was a big “fuck you” to anyone who thought they had Christina Aguilera pegged. (Not that I wouldn’t love to peg her.) It’s about liberation; shedding the skin of expectation and embracing the primal urges we all try to bury beneath layers of polite society.

In Dirrty, Aguilera isn’t just singing; she’s preaching a gospel of hedonism and self-expression and unapologetic living. It isn’t just a music video. It’s a manifesto — a declaration that says, “I’m here, take me as I am, or get the hell out of my way.”

—VA

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