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Is Christina Aguilera a Victim of Heavy Photoshopping in Her Perfume Ad?

Christina Aguilera Royal Desire
Royal Desire

For someone who’s proud of her curves, Christina Aguilera did a whole lot of Photoshopping to hide them in her Royal Desire fragrance ad … or did she?

The Internet was abuzz when feminist blog Jezebel posted Xtina’s Royal Desire fragrance ad as a “Photoshop Fail.” In the article, the voluptuous ‘Voice‘ coach is accused of being airbrushed almost into oblivion in the print campaign for the fragrance, which has a tagline that reads “Feel like a queen.” While the singer has a gloriously full figure as of late (and frankly, we think she looks great), she was allegedly whittled down to her 00’s size — likely a 0 or 00 — in the ad, making it look dated.

That’s because it is. The ad is from 2010, but apparently people are only just taking notice of it now.

While Xtina may not have been dramatically or digitally slimmed down, that isn’t to say that there aren’t errors at play here. She rocks her ‘Back to Basics’ era look in the ad, with short blond curls, long black lashes and red lipstick. She certainly looks like royalty, if only the Old Hollywood kind instead of the cousin-kissing, European monarch type. She sports a strapless gown and a come hither gaze, and while her face looks beautiful, everything else looks sort of off. Her head appears to be too large for her body, and check out her right arm (it’s on your left): Doesn’t it look bizarrely long and absurdly flexible near the wrist?

For her part, Aguilera’s always been up front about her body image: She’s happy the way she is! “I’m very comfortable with my body. I’ve always said, no matter what hairstyle, crazy look, make-up, I’ve always done [the] exciting thing,” she explained. “Whether people love it or hate it, at least I know I was staying true to myself. I find it boring to just play it safe.”

The scent was released in 2010, as was the ad and its corresponding television commercial, in which Aguilera looks about the same size as she does in the print photo. Her newest fragrance, Red Sin, has a more subdued and less revealing — but still sexy — campaign, where the singer looks like her current self.

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