Christina Aguilera is looking a bit different these days, but just as beautiful as ever.
That’s because she debuted a fresh-faced look on the cover of Paper magazine, Cosmopolitan reports, going “virtually makeup-free” in an extreme closeup photo; that theme continues throughout the glossy, though other photos show off some “out-there eye makeup and more dramatic hairstyles.”
Being pulled toward drama and rawness, Cosmo says Aguilera told the magazine that she has reconciled her desire to be both a performer and her natural self.
“I’ve always been someone that obviously loves to experiment, loves theatrics, loves to create a storyline and play a character in a video or through stage,” she said. “I’m a performer, that’s who I am by nature. 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.”
Though she is beautiful — no matter what they say, and with or without makeup —Aguilera wants to make one thing clear: her glamorous self isn’t going anywhere.
“I mean, I’m a girl that likes a beat face, let’s not get it twisted,” she said.
Read the full interview and skim more photos here.