Christina Aguilera sought comfort in soul music to help her cope with the pain of living in an abusive household while she was growing up. Christina dyed her hair black (May 2003) because she believed that it gave her a more mature look.
Christina explains, “I feel empowered when I express myself sexually. Any woman who’s going to strongly express herself sexually, there’s always a backlash… Throughout the years, men have tried to put a restraint on how women are allowed to behave. If you do this, you’re not sexy enough. And if you don’t do that, you’re too sexy… There are so many double standards. It’s very important to me as a female to play upon sexuality and be very strong while incorporating that in my art and work.”