"Christina Aguilera Is Back With a New Transformation" reads the title for her new Paper magazine cover shoot. One glance at the striking photos and you might consider "transformation" to be an understatement. The pop icon has undergone a major make-under for her new shoot, complete with a fresh-faced look that could have tricked us into thinking it was 2001 again. (That is, until you see her "Mom" ring.)
"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," Aguilera told Paper. "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." She also chatted with the magazine about her advice to new artists, how she's raising her kids, and more. Scroll down to preview her shoot and head over to Paper for the full interview.