Christina Aguilera celebrated her 41st birthday in style over the weekend by sharing a series of classic Xtina photos with fans. “XTINA XLI,” the singer wrote alongside a series of five snaps in which she wore nothing but long lace-up leather gloves, oversized black sunglasses and a pouty look accented by a dark lip liner.
Aguilera, who turned 41 on Saturday, posed topless in front of a silver curtain in the photos, with her long blonde hair covering her chest. The pictures were another throwback to the singer’s avant-garde style at the turn of the millennium, which she also rocked at the People’s Choice Awards on December 7, where she took the stage for a mix of hits spanning her two decades of musical career. During the performance – which preceded her acceptance of People’s Choice’s first-ever Music Icon award – Aguilera also paid homage to her classic “Dirrty” look with a quick change of outfit.
The medley kicked off with a dramatic performance of her 1999 hit debut single, “Genie in a Bottle,” which she performed while wearing a ruffled black dress, before instrumental for her. bare the classic “Dirrty” inaugurated its alter ego, Xtina.
The singer’s bolder side was embodied in a detailed leather and lace-up version of her iconic yellow and black “Dirrty” bra top and leggings costume, which she originally wore for one. MTV live show in 2002. (The outfit also appeared in red in the official 2002 music video.) Aguilera also brought the black streaks into her blonde hair back from the look, which has been one of her most memorable in her career. The performance also included clips from “Fighter”, “Can’t Hold Us Down”, “Somos Nada” and “Beautiful”.
Check out the photos of Aguilera below.