Christina Aguilera has revealed that record label bosses requested her to lose weight and maintain a 'skinny' image in order to sell records during the early stages of her career.
The 31-year-old singer - who's figure has fluctuated over the years - opened up about the pressure to be super slim in the music industry, and claims her record company staged an intervention at one point to get her to drop several kilos.
''During the promotion of my album Stripped, I got tired of being a skinny, white girl. I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl,'' Aguilera said.
''The next time my label saw me, I was heavier, darker, and full of piercing. 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.
Continued songstress: ''They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight. Basically, they told me I would affect a lot of people if I 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 so young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during Back to Basics promos and touring.''
However, the singer revealed how she became tired of conforming to someone else's ideal body image, and put her foot down during the recording for her new album Lotus, refusing to slim down.
''I told them during this Lotus recording, 'You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it.' They need a reminder sometimes that I don't belong to them. It's my body,'' she said.