The GRAMMY-winner has always been known for her glam, but Aguilera revealed a stunning new look as part of Paper's Transformation 2018 issue. The singer told Paper that she was at the point in her career where she wanted to get "raw." "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 said.
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In the wake of her massively successful album "25," Adele ditched makeup for the November 2015 cover of Rolling Stone. The beautiful photo complimented a story that delved into Adele's five-year hiatus after the success of "21," and of her inner struggle with fame. "I'm really frightened of [being famous,]" she said. "I think it's really toxic, and I think it's really easy to be dragged into it.... That level of attention is really frightening, especially if you don't live around all that showbiz stuff."
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For Flaunt's super sensual photo shoot, Mrs. Carter went totally makeup free to promote "Drunk In Love." When asked to define what confidence means to her, she named daughter Blue Ivy Carter as her muse.
Rihanna went dewy for one of the four covers she shot for Dazed's winter 2017 issue. The superstar recently started her own makeup collection, which has been praised for its diverse, inclusive range of shades.
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For a pop star that prides herself on theatricality, this bare shoot for Harper's Bazaar in 2011 came as an exciting surprise for Gaga fans. The series of gorgeous photos by Inez & Vinoodh prove that Gaga is just as powerful in her skin as she is in her stellar wardrobe.
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"I’m not a slave to makeup. I’m not a slave to not wearing makeup either. I get to choose at [any] given moment. That’s my right," says Keys in her beautiful cover story in a 2017 issue of Allure. Before that, the singer said she was leaving cosmetics behind in a 2016 essay for Lenny Letter: "Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of. And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women."
Minaj shocked the world when she embraced a minimalist vibe for Elle's April 2013 cover. "When I saw myself with barely any makeup at... like, I'm so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it's hard," said the singer of the transformative shoot. "I feel that it's become a part of me. To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol' crazy lashes... I felt naked. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes."
On the verge of dropping "Me: I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chauntese" Carey stopped by Billboard for a stunning shoot that showed off the singer's natural beauty. "This is my life since I last left off," the cover reads. Carey claimed her album "would be reflective of personal possession of mine that's part of an entity that I've had almost all my life," and the cover embraces that intention, too.
The singer once again looked #flawless on her cover for TIME'S 2014 100 Most Influential People Issue. In the interview she says, "I'm not bossy, i'm the boss." The latter has never been more true.
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Kim Kardashian West
One of the most influential pop culture celebrities of our time, Kim Kardashian West went for a clean aesthetic on the cover of Australian Vogue's June 2016 issue. "Her bare face displays her true beauty," Editor-In-Chief Edwina McCain said.
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For a 2010 Marie Claire cover, Jessica Simpson sought to spread a deep message of self-love and acceptance with the image and accompanying story. "I don't have anything to prove anymore," she said. "What other people think of me is not my business."