Christina Aguilera's Most Inspiring Quotes on Music, Motherhood & Female Empowerment

By Jake Thompson Dec 03, 2021 3:00 PMTags
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A game-changing trailblazer in our midst!

Christina Aguilera has always unapologetically followed to the beat of her own drummer. The Grammy winner's incredibly impressive music resume has been going strong for nearly three decades and shows no signs of stopping.

Whether she's singing about self-love in her inspirational hit "Beautiful" or preaching female empowerment in "Can't Hold Us Down," Xtina always uses her music and lyrics to send a message and move fans. Year after year, the Latin diva has given us iconic songs (hello, "Genie In A Bottle" and "Dirrty") and live performances that showcase the powerhouse's serious singing abilities.

So it's no secret why the incomparable Aguilera is being honored with—for the first time ever—the Music Icon Award at the 2021 People's Choice Awards.

Beyond her piping vocal talents, Aguilera has always sung songs and fought for the underdogs of the world. She's a superstar who knows the power of speaking out and taking a stand for what's right.

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Scroll through the photo gallery below for inspiring life lessons and motivational quotes spoken by the 2021 Music's Icon herself, from her stance on everything from equality and female empowerment to being a mother and beyond.

Don't miss Aguilera accept the Music Icon award at the 2021 People's Choice Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. on E! and NBC.

On The Power of Music

"At the end of the day, I am a soul singer," Xtina candidly shared with Billboard. "When you strip back the words ‘pop star' and the many things that I've done, singing soulfully is where my core, my root and my heart really is. And as you can see, it's what I'm inspired by."

"What was great was how badass I was at such a young age to then write ‘Can't Hold Us Down,'" Aguilera mentions her girl power anthem with Paper. "We are coming slowly but surely around a corner, not taking the things that we used to." The pop star recalls an earlier song from her career "I'm OK," stating, "It was like, am I honestly? Obviously, I'm not fully ok. It's a journey into never quite bandaging my wounds." 

On "Dirrty"

"I felt super label-driven and confined [being] commercially successful. And as great as it looks on the outside, I'm such a truth girl that if I'm not happy with something, I just can't do it anymore," the former The Voice coach revealed to Billboard.

"I was feeling a sense of rebellion," Aguilera shared with Cosmopolitan. "Freed from the formulaic experience, I just threw out anything I felt was a little plastic or a little stale or was eating me up with superficiality." The powerhouse vocalist revealed how "Dirrty" was controversial at the time, saying, "I hope I paved the way and helped set the ground rules that women can be any version of themselves they wanna be…and proud of it."

On Being Fearless

When it comes to fear, the Grammy Award-winning singer has some sage advice.

"Be fearless in breaking new boundaries and don't be afraid to go against the grain of criticism along the way," the "Can't Hold Us Down" shared with Paper

On Female Sexuality

"Either women are not sexual enough or we're not fulfilling enough of a fantasy for you," the "Fighter" singer said in a Paper interview. "But then if we're overtly sexual or feeling empowered in a certain kind of way, then we're shamed for it."

On Equality

Aguilera has famously always been extremely vocal about and supportive of the LGBTQ+ community.

"These are people who I grew up with and who are brilliant, talented and strong that deserve for their voice to be heard and fought for, as well," Christina said in a statement to Paper. "I love hanging out with just my close girlfriends and guy friends, which happen to be my gay friends...Just good, quality time with people who are super down to earth."

"You have to connect with the right people that bring certain energies into your life," Aguilera explained further to the mag. And have the ability to let go of a lot of things that have hurt you. It's a big deal.

On the Female Body

Christina has always admired the female form and supports body positivity.

"I love the female body, and I think it's something to be proud of, not something that men should dictate ownership of," the "What a Girl Wants" singer told Billboard.

On Beauty & Acceptance

"When I first started out, I would never have dreamed of doing an interview without makeup on," Christina shared with Cosmopolitan. She also told the mag, "I still love getting glammed up, but I want to show imperfections on this go-round."

On Personal Relationships

"I made up my mind at a really young age that I had to do for myself," Aguilera recalled on choices made earlier in her career to Billboard. "I never wanted a man to tell me what I could and couldn't do, what I could and couldn't spend. I always knew I had to be the queen of my castle."

And when it comes to dating someone in the industry, Aguilera didn't hold back, saying, "I've had opportunities, but it isn't my style to date another ­person in the business." 

On Men

"My dad was very dominant with my mom, and I always knew I was never going to let a man take advantage of me like that," Aguilera revisited her past with Billboard. "I had no super-strong women around me, and I thought feeling inferior, small, or helpless just had to be accepted."

On Artistic Expression

"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," Christina revealed to 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." 

On Balance

After nearly three decades in the biz, Aguilera still finds balancing work and family challenging.

"When I'm onstage, there's not a bigger high, when I'm in connection with my voice and my heart and my soul," Aguilera revealed to Billboard. "But at the end [of a performance], I want to wipe it all off, get in my sweatpants, make silly noises with my kids and have someone comfort and cuddle me."

On Motherhood

Being a former Muskateer, it's no wonder Aguilera has reservations about child stardom.

"I don't want to inject too much upon her as to how I'm choosing to live my life and what I've done in my career," she said of daughter Summer Rain in a Paper interview. "I just hope I can allow what I'm doing to influence her to be her own person. That's truly what I hope for her. I really want to make sure my children are both very confident in the sense that they know who they are and that they won't be easily swayed by outside opinion."

On Empowerment

"You can either be, unfortunately, so damaged by it that you take a turn for the worse, or you can feel empowered by it and make choices to never go down that route," the "Beautiful" singer reflected on her career to Paper. "I think we go through up and down moments. There are outlets where I feel like I'm good, and that was being onstage, able to exude and release and feel. That was my form of feeling empowered." 

On Social Media

Navigating social media is no easy feat for any parent and Aguilera shared her thoughts with Paper.,"There's always gonna be the good and the evil, the dark and the light. I think now is the time, more than ever, that we're seeing that in every sense of the word."

The Latin diva didn't mince words on the topic of online trolls. "It's like my Instagram says right now," Christina says, referring to her avatar in which she's wearing velour track pants, sunglasses and a fur coat draped over a particular slogan shirt. "Everybody that can't hop on that train can suck our dicks."


On the subject of finding longevity with a romantic partner, Aguilera was candid with Billboard, stating, "The routine can be monotonous. You gotta be spontaneous. Being a sexual person who's comfortable in my own skin, a sense of adventure is ­important to me, going on road trips, staying in hotels."

On Her Haters

Christina doesn't have time for hater culture. In a Billboard interview, she recalls the challenges she faced in the past. "It's hard to hear yourself being called names," she said. "It's like, if I'm going to be demure and innocent, that's okay. But if I'm going to just be myself, I'm trouble."

On Madonna

"Madonna had to go through it in her day, and she paved the way for my generation to come up," Christina explained to Billboard. "And paying it forward, now a younger generation is coming up and I'm loving what I'm seeing. It's so incredible."

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