I am so sick of people complaining that Christina should get her own image. She’s not trying to be Madonna and she’s not trying to be Marilyn Monroe. People use her Fighter video as “proof” that she’s emulating Madonna, me personally I don’t see that at all. Her ‘Fighter’ video was more along the lines of a commercial Marilyn Manson. Christina doesn’t need Madonna’s shock value to sell records, though Christina is light on tact she hasn’t stooped to Madonna’s level of desperation i.e. the Sex Book. More recently people have been saying she’s ripping off Marilyn Monroe, which is definitely not true.
Sure she lists Marilyn as someone of influence on her but that doesn’t mean she’s trying to be her. I mean Britney Spears says Whitney Houston influences her but she’s definitely not trying to be her. The only reason I can think of that people say Christina is trying to be Marilyn is lack of knowledge. Hello people, Marilyn was not the only star of the old days.
Christina’s VMA performance with Nelly was more reminiscent of Ginger Rogers. Even her new look and style is more of Bridget Bardot, Veronica Lake, even Josephine Baker (though she is African American but she was just as glamorous), Marlene Dietrich and Bette Davis. Just because people only talk about Marilyn Monroe now doesn’t mean she was the only starlet of that time. I’m not saying that Christina isn’t reflective of Marilyn but she’s not the only one that’s inspiring Christina.
This new look to me is more of Christina than her ‘Dirrty’ image. She was singing old classics like ‘At Last’ when she did her first tour, maybe she didn’t try that look because she was coming out as a new artist and had to establish herself by using an image that was sure to sell records. I think now that she has looked more into the era and discovered the fashions and sex appeal these women exuded she became more enamored with it and now she’s applying it to herself. Not just copying it for media attention because she dresses a hell of a lot better now than she ever has. Even when she’s out at non publicity events she’s looking classy.