It’s the 20th anniversary of the release of Christina Aguilera‘s Stripped album on Saturday (October 22). Just ahead of her fourth album’s milestone anniversary, she announced that she’s made an all-new music video for the song “Beautiful,” often heard on Magic 98.3 since its release.
Ms. A announced on Twitter (@xtina) the release of the new clip on Wednesday, October 19 and that it will contain some updated messaging to reflect today’s struggles. “Tune out and turn in. Take your space, log off, put your mind, body, and soul first,” she wrote and shared a teaser of the new video. The clip opens with a bunch of young girls wearing teal, spandex-like outfits that show off their midriffs and legs. They are all standing in front of their phones, which are mounted to large ring lights, as they apply dramatic makeup to their faces. As the girls prepare, they are passively listening to messaging about maintaining the perfect figure, how to look “stunning” and, also, some sexist messaging from male podcasters who insist men have it harder than women.
In celebration of the 20 year anniversary of Stripped and World Mental Health Day, I’m honored to share a new music video for Beautiful, coming October 19th 💜— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) October 11, 2022
Tune out and turn in. Take your space, log off, put your mind, body, and soul first. pic.twitter.com/SBhrGnUuUm
Christina also shared that the album, “Gave me the strength and freedom as an artist to tell my story the way I wanted,” and let fans know there would be, “more to come.”
Stripped gave me the strength and freedom as an artist to tell my story the way I wanted. Thank you to all of my fighters around the world for amplifying that strength and giving me the space to continue to share myself in my truest forms, #20YearsOfStripped more to come 🖤 pic.twitter.com/rkfr7Fu4cq— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) October 18, 2022
“Beautiful,” was the second single off Stripped, was released on November 16, 2002. The song won the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and was also a contender for the Song of the Year Grammy. The single peaked in second place on the Billboard Hot 100 and is currently RIAA-certified Gold.
The original music video explored the themes of eating disorders and bullying. It also gained attention for featuring a gay couple and a transgender woman. The song has since been adopted by the LGBT community as an anthem promoting self-love and inner beauty. Check out the original video so you can compare to the new one…