Entertainment, Music, Artist:
She truly is America’s sweetheart and - she’s on fire!
It’s been a long time since the golden years of Britney Spears but even after an ugly downfall - professionally and personally - “Britney’s Back.” In the latest issue of Harper’s BAZAAR, Brit sparkles for the first time since the ‘90s, pre-Federline.
On a phone call from Los Angeles with BAZAAR editor Laura Brown, Britney revels that after more than a decade in the spotlight, she’s started to take control of her life.
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 never 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.”
Haper’s BAZAAR: 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.
HB: 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.
HB: 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.
HB: 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.
HB: 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.
HB: Will you pull out any giant snakes?
BS: Ha, we'll see about that. Hopefully, I won't be in the wilderness onstage.
HB: 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.
HB: 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.
HB: "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.
HB: 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.
HB: 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.
HB: 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.
HB: What do you think of Lady Gaga?
BS: She's unique and extremely talented. I love her spin on everything.
You know, I think the girl is finally doing it. She’s Britney again!