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|Current music:||Brandy -"I Thought"|
When Aguilera was growing up, her grandmother told her mother that they would be kicked out of the house if Christina got her ears pierced. Everyone else at school had their ears pierced, and it didn't seem fair. Eventually, she had her ears pierced anyway, but it might be true that her grandmother's early refusals planted the idea somewhere in Christina's head that piercing could be your own personal rebellion and private celebration.
When Aguilera was on tour after her first album, she fell into a routine. "If I was having a bad day," she says, "or if something was really getting me down -- boy troubles, whatever -- I wanted to get a new piercing. It was definitely a release for me. Something that made me feel a little more strong or empowered. Because it was something that had to do with me and no one else."
The first of these piercings was a nipple. (Most days, you can't help but notice the outline of a nipple ring on her right breast.) She also has a piercing in her bottom lip and one in her left nostril, as well as a piercing between her legs. "It just seemed erotic in a place that most people wouldn't have the guts to do it," she says. "You hear things like, 'Oh, it will help you reach sexual heights' -- whatever -- but I just think it's pretty. I think it accents things quite well."
The ornament in question is festooned with diamonds. "I don't even know how many," she says. "Because it's going in a special place. It's really beautiful and expensive, and I like it a lot. I've gotten a lot of compliments on it."
I raise my eyebrows, just a little.
"From my gynecologist!" she screeches. "Oh, no! Don't take it that way! I mean my gynecologist and my waxer."
She also says this: "I really like my jewelry. My extra puncture wounds."