Flashback: Birthday Girl Christina Aguilera's Early Days

12/18/2012 at 12:15 PM ET

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Christina Aguilera turns 32 years old today, so in honor of her birthday we decided to look through our Aguilera archives to see how far she’s come, style-wise. And if the pictures above are any indication, even in her teens Aguilera loved to make a fashion statement.

One of Aguilera’s first public appearances was back in June of 1998 when she was just 18 (left). It was also the first time she displayed her love of over-the-top hairdos: she donned wavy twists and an all-green outfit that included a sparkly crop top, leather pants and matching eye shadow (and let’s not forget that bejeweled belly tattoo, too).

For another event in January of 1999 (center), Aguilera went for a more reserved hairstyle and a fresh face, but made sure to turn heads in an icy blue leather-like trench and — once again — a sparkly crop top.

A third TRL-era outfit we had to share? The star in a cropped pink cardigan (hmm do we spy a trend here?), gold belly chain and a pink leopard-print mini skirt, which she wore in August of 1999 (right).

So … teenage Aguilera was drawn to crop tops, bold hairstyles and body jewelry, while today’s Aguilera prefers the no-pants look, bold hairstyles and crazy hats. Now that we think about it, not that much has changed! Tell us: Do you like Aguilera’s new or old style better?

–Jennifer Cress

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Xtina on

Happy Birthdya to the most amazing voice! she is talented and headstrong and I love her for that.

Sam on

Beautiful young lady with killer pipes.

daniel on

Christina is the best singer on the planet! And always has been! Her style has improved significantly since the Genie days. Through chaps of Dirrty and curves of the ALMA awards. She’s gorgeous and perfect, i love her new album + cannot wait to see her on tour. Love her and happy birthday xtina

Diva on

Happy Birthday Christina!

Emily on

Can I just make a small correction? :) The green outfit is from the Come On Over music video from June 2000.

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