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Christina Aguilera Marks 20 Years Of ‘Beautiful’ With Powerful Message About Mental Health

Cristina Aguilera celebrated the 20th anniversary of her seminal hit “Beautiful” by putting a 2022 spin on the song’s message of self-acceptance.

On Wednesday, Aguilera released an updated music video for the song, which first appeared on his 2002 album, “Naked”. Although the five-time Grammy winner does not appear in the video, the images now reflect the impact of social media on mental health, particularly among young people.

Directed by Fiona Jane Burgess, the new “Beautiful” shows young girls with their faces made up as if they are preparing to undergo cosmetic surgery. Other segments show a teenager who seems to be contemplating suicide and a room full of dancers who are apparently mesmerized by their screens.

The video concludes with a creepy shot of a cell phone that appears to be dripping with blood.

“Over the past 20 years, since ‘Stripped’ was first released, social media has transformed our relationship with our bodies and, in turn, our mental health,” an on-screen message proclaims. “Research suggests that time spent on social networking sites is associated with body image issues, self-harm, and eating disorders in children and adolescents. This has to change.”

Check out the new video for “Beautiful” below.

On Wednesday, Aguilera said his goal was to “bring awareness and a sense of compassion in the face of judgment, criticism, and outside opinions” by giving “Beautiful” a modern update.

“Today, it’s harder than ever to hear our own voice among so many others who infiltrate our feeds and minds with mixed messages… which ultimately leads us to disconnect from our own truth and self-worth,” the pop star. wrote on Instagram.

He went on to note that the song was a reminder “to remember our core values ​​beyond what we are being given… to find a sense of balance and accept ourselves for who we are.”

Christina Aguilera presented her successful album "stripped off" in 2002.
Christina Aguilera presented her successful album “Stripped” in 2002.

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“Stripped” from 2002 is frequently quoted like Aguilera’s coming of age albummarking a foray into emotionally candid territory after the bubblegum pop of early hits like “Genie in a Bottle” and “What a Girl Wants.”

Aerie said on Twitter on Monday that the album “gave me the strength and freedom as an artist to tell my story the way I wanted to.”

“My favorite memory was just the freedom to finally do what I wanted to do,” She explained in a short video accompanying the tweet. “It was very important to me on my second album that I really make music that represents who I am.”

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Nicole Aniston
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