Yes, That's Really Christina Aguilera on the Cover of 'Paper' Magazine

The singer is unrecognizable without makeup.

Singer/actress/top 2 best (opens in new tab) genies in bottles Christina Aguilera covers Paper magazine's newest issue. (opens in new tab) She looks gorgeous, fresh-faced, and completely unrecognizable.

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Posing nearly barefaced, with more freckles and less eye makeup than we've ever seen on her, she looks great—if, again, worlds and layers of mascara away from the Christina we're used to.

"I'm a girl that likes a beat face, let's not get it twisted," the singer says in the interview. But she also finds it "liberating" to be more stripped (cue throwback to 2002 (opens in new tab)) back. "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 appears in several other looks in the shoot—which you can see here (opens in new tab)—but this one is the most mind-bogglingly "are you Chloe Sevigny?" to me. It also inspired me to google "Christina Aguilera age" (37) and look up how to draw fake freckles (opens in new tab) on my face.

Sally Holmes
Sally Holmes

Sally is the Editor in Chief of Marie Claire where she oversees coverage of all the things the Marie Claire reader wants to know about, including politics, beauty, fashion, and celebs. She came to Marie Claire from ELLE.com, where she was the Executive Editor. Before that, Sally was at NYMag.com's the Cut and graduated with an English major from Boston College. Her favorite Harry Potter is 'Order of the Phoenix.'