What has been your best fashion look?
“I went to the Grammys in 2002, and I had really curly, curly hair. I had a red dress on. It wasn’t short and saucy; it was a long red dress. That dress was fun.”
What was your biggest fashion mistake?
“Ten years ago at the Billboard awards, I wore this orange hat and orange bra and orange booty pants and purple fishnets. Oh, and I had an orange jacket on.”
Holy photoshop! Britney Spears looks amazing on June’s Harper Bazaar’s cover! I’ve watched Britney’s career start and still watching it continue. I have been following her since her beginning and she has never been able to articulate herself well, so the interview seems like it was submitted and as if someone is speaking on her behalf. She no longer does live interviews and whatever interviews, whether in magazines or TV they have to submitted and emailed back and taped for Britney to be ready to answer. I feel bad for her.
She is still a legend in the making and all her albums have been number one and her fan base will always be a strong foundation and she is a pop icon of our generation. Every girl my age will always remember wanting to be like her and obsessing over her many years ago but to see where she was in the highest point of her career to hitting rock bottom and now being reborn with one of the best comebacks in Hollywood. I went to her concert many years ago in Madison Sqaure garden and two years I went to her Circus tour concert in Miami and I was just surprised by how she still has such a strong presence on stage. She has always lipsynched but she was always known to be an entertainer, obviously her dancing weren’t as strong as it was years ago but the thing with Britney is she can just stand there and people will still cheer her on.
Britney now seems broken and insecure and rightfully so scared to be under the spotlight again after the media scrutiny and massive invasion of privacy she received. Watching her perform recently as she was promoting her new album, her stage presence is fading. She doesn’t dance the same, doesn’t talk the same and she just seems disconnected.
Here is the full interview:
She’s not yet 30, but the pop icon has lived a life and a half in public. Now, with a new hit album and world tour, the beat goes on. Read the interview below and then see exclusive images from the photo shoot as well as the 2006 cover story and images.
Britney Spears is on the phone from rehearsals in Los Angeles, where she is busy singing, dancing, and “It’s Britney, bitch”-ing in preparation for her summer tour. She sounds energized and positive, occasionally flashing a wry sense of humor that those who see her only on TV and in the tabloids never glimpse.
Professionally, Britney has a lot to feel good about: Her new album, Femme Fatale, is receiving the best reviews of her almost-20-year career. “I’ve worked so hard on this album, so it’s really refreshing,” she says. “I feel like I’m drinking a tall glass of homemade sweet tea on a really hot, beautiful day.”
LAURA BROWN: What has been your best fashion look?
BRITNEY SPEARS: I went to the Grammys in 2002, and I had really curly, curly hair. I had a red dress on. It wasn’t short and saucy; it was a long red dress. That dress was fun.
LB: What was your biggest fashion mistake?
BS: Ten years ago at the Billboard awards, I wore this orange hat and orange bra and orange booty pants and purple fishnets. Oh, and I had an orange jacket on.
LB: Was it Halloween?
BS [laughs]: No, it wasn’t Halloween. I actually thought I looked hot at the time. But, um, I definitely stood out. I thought it was just a marvelous idea to wear this purple and orange outfit; it was like high school colors. I was a cheerleader for a school I didn’t know. People were talking about it, but not in a good way.
LB: Your hair is looking long and lustrous. Are you whipping it back and forth?
BS: Yeah, I love ponytails. I’m a wash-and-go girl. But, oh yeah, I like to whip it.
LB: Are you enjoying dancing again?
BS: I love to dance, so it’s very exciting. The tour rehearsals have been going really well. I think it will be my best show yet.
LB: Will you pull out any giant snakes?
BS: Ha, we’ll see about that. Hopefully, I won’t be in the wilderness onstage.
LB: What songs get you moving?
BS: I love “S&M” and “Only Girl” by Rihanna; that’s why I jumped on the “S&M” remix. She’s really cool. I like her a lot.
LB: Everybody has Bieber fever. Have you met Justin? Would you ever want to work with him?
BS: I think he’s adorable. I just saw his movie, and I really didn’t realize how big he was. He’s enormous; he’s just Mr. Man. A lot of the movie is really similar to what I did when I was starting out. I did a promo tour for a year, going into radio stations and all that. It was so cool to see our similarities.
LB: “It’s Britney, bitch” is classic, but you say you’re less bitchy than impatient. What makes you impatient?
BS: When things take a long time, I just get really stubborn. When I know that things are supposed to go a certain way [laughs] and when it’s my time of the month.
LB: What makes you laugh uncontrollably?
BS: Usually when people trip or fall or run into something. Not to be mean, but I can’t help it. If they really hurt themselves, then I feel bad, but if they accidentally do it and they stand up and act cool like nobody saw them, I have to laugh.
LB: It’s been eight years since you kissed Madonna onstage at the MTV awards. What have you learned from her?
BS: I actually saw her a couple of weeks ago at a party. I guess she’s really taught me to stay true to myself. That seems like a simple thing to say, but she taught me through action, not just by saying it. There are so many people around you that have opinions, but you just have to listen to your instincts.
LB: You’ve said Jennifer Lopez inspires you professionally. Would you ever want to be a judge on American Idol?
BS: I would! That would be awesome. I wouldn’t be a tough judge, though.
LB: What do you think of Lady Gaga?
BS: She’s unique and extremely talented. I love her spin on everything.