London: Christina Aguilera has hit back at record label bosses for pressuring her to lose weight, saying that she wouldn’t be successful if she had a fuller figure.
The 31-year-old singer – currently a judge on the American reality Talent show ‘The Voice’ – was warned that if the ‘Genie in a Bottle’ hitmaker didn’t slim down, nobody will buy her music and by 2006, she was at her lightest.
“During the promotion of my album Stripped, I got tired of being a skinny, white girl,” the Mirror quoted her, as telling Billboard magazine.
“I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl. The next time my label saw me, I was heavier, darker and full of piercings! Let me tell you, that wasn’t an easy pill for them to swallow.
“I had gained about 15 pounds during promotion and during my Stripped tour. They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight,” she said.
She said that the bosses told her that she would affect a lot of people if she gained weight - the production, musical directors.
“(They claimed) people I toured with would also miss out if I gained weight because I would sell no records or tickets for my shows.
“I was young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during Back to Basics promos and touring,” she said.
She also said that now she won’t be getting told what she can and can’t eat anymore and has told the bosses at her current record label, Lotus, to get used to her sexy curves.
“I told them, ‘You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it,” she said.
“They need a reminder sometimes that I don’t belong to them. It’s my body.
“My body can’t put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore - my body is just not on the table that way anymore,” she added.