Christina Aguilera is a name that became iconic in the Pop sphere. And still is today.
But the singer has revealed that, at one time, industry figures wanted her to use a stage alias instead.
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In an interview with Billboard to commemorate the 20th anniversary of ‘Mi Reflejo’ (her first and only Spanish album), Xtina unpacked how concerns over her surname being “too ethnic” almost saw her presented to the world sans her heritage:
“I remember when I was first coming up, there was a big debate around me on changing my last name because all the businessmen around me thought it was too long, too complicated, and too ethnic.”
She went on to add:
“‘Christina Agee’ was an option, but that clearly wasn’t going to fly. I was dead set against the idea and I wanted to represent who I really was. Being Latina, it is a part of my heritage and who I am.
There was another time in my childhood when I was being asked to legally change my name to my stepfather’s to be legally adopted and I was again dead set against it. I’ve been fighting for my last name my whole life.”
Kudos to her for fighting for hers.
Difference is what makes us dynamic and that should always be celebrated not diluted.