max aguilera bratman

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I never feel the need to defend my own work or myself. Or my purpose behind it. We all serve our own purpose in our own unique way, and don’t always need to explain why we are who we are, love what we love and do what we do. Having nothing to prove to anyone. Just having contentment and peace within ourselves. That’s all that’s really necessary. And feeling good about knowing we’re making the right decisions for ourselves, giving our best in all we do and can do, within the moment. The most important judge of that, can only be yourself.”

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Douglas Friedman on photographing Christina in her then-home for InStyle in 2009: Christina Aguilera at home. Honestly, one of the best! Working with pop culture icons is just insane. It’s not about taking a picture of an incredible space, but the personality that is so strong. Sitting with Christina at the end of the day, she was in her bathrobe with no makeup on and she looked beautiful. We sat and talked about the photos. She said what she liked, what she didn’t love. Christina was very present in all aspects of the shoot. I like that she cared so much about her home.