New Yorkers: Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera, Born in Staten Island

Born in Staten Island, Christina Aguilera lived in places New Jersey, Texas, New York and Japan during her childhood, due to her father being a soldier in the U.S. Army. The Grammy-winning singer was known as the as "the little girl with the big voice," appearing on television shows as a child before signing with RCA Records in 1998. Aguilera’s self-titled debut album became an international success, with singles "Genie in a Bottle", "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" all reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Considered one of the greatest women in music, the half-Ecuadorian American singer has gone on to sell more than 50 million albums worldwide. But she hasn’t forgotten her roots… Shortly after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast, Aguilera performed her iconic song "Beautiful" to open the Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together benefit telethon, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.