It's funny how when most celebrities self implode after being in the spotlight constantly, we are usually like, "good riddance, they got so annoying" (uh hem, Paris Hilton, ugh, I would be fine NEVER seeing her in another celeb magazine).
But with B. Spears, most people I know felt more sorry for her and in a weird way could almost feel empathy for the extreme amount of pressure and scrutiny this young woman was getting while trying to keep her pop star status AND raise two babies back to back!
The pop phenomenon that came out with the #1 MTV smash video/song with "Hit Me Baby One More Time" in 1999 resembled a squeaky clean 17 year old with a decent voice and some good choreography. Yes, she showed a lot of midriff in her videos and on stage, but overall she exemplified age appropriate makeup and style.
Then, the more fame and hits she collected, her good girl image and infectious songs began slowly changing to dare I say, a little on the sluttier side?? I mean, she was 21 when she was awarded her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - that would go to ANYONE's head!! So after that, the scandals began and Brit Brit's look started to slip.
2001 - Video Music Awards on MTV - Hot performance with the yellow snake (see picture at the top) - you know you remember it, and if you didn't see it, you definitely heard about it. Britney looked phenomenal, great blonde wavy hair and smokey eyed makeup with a rockin body.
2003 - Spears received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 21- wearing a really ugly pink jacket and jeans, but still keeping up her pretty blonde locks and fresh faced makeup.
2004 - This was a busy year. She had a quicky marriage in Vegas to a childhood friend while wearing a black midriff top and a baseball cap. Nothing says blushing bride like a white baseball cap,right?! I'm a proponent of wearing a hat if you just don't have time to put on your full makeup for running out to the store - but not for getting flippin' married!
October 2004 - Marriage to backup dancer Kevin Federline and changing her hair color to dark brown. One of the only times I've seen her with dark hair and honestly wasn't happy with it. Her trademark is that blonde hair and brown just made her look plain ordinary. Oh, and that 2nd wardrobe change into a super short white wedding dress, doesn't exactly scream classy.
2006 through 2007 - Spears has two baby boys, Sean Preston and Jayden James, fairly close together and the eventual unraveling of her marriage to K-Fed ends up in a nasty divorce and custody battle. Her weight gain becomes an issue in the cruel media world (although come on, her body never had time to bounce back after getting pregnant so quickly after her first child so the media's unrealistic view of how she should look after having two kids back to back was wrong) and she begins to let her hair, makeup, nails ( a self proclaimed nail biter), and style go!
2007 - The infamous head shaving debacle and paparazzi attack with the umbrella (that part excusable!). Awful, ugly, a really bad choice on her part to shave off the hair.
For the 2007 VMA awards Brit was supposed to make her "comeback" performance, which turned into a huge disappointment and disaster. Her hair stylist allegedly bailed on her right before stage time so her extensions looked ratty and her makeup was ordinary, nothing special. Her body was not quite back up to speed, which is okay, but her outfit choice was unflattering to say the least.
2008 - Her newest hit "Womanizer," from her new album "Circus", her 26th birthday, and a new outlook on life is providing Britney with the comeback we've all been looking for.
In the most recent Glamour magazine January 2009 issue, it displays a happy and healthy looking Spears on it's cover and makes reference to her transformation being more than just physical. I do love her pale pink lipstick she wore on the cover- you can get the same look with Elizabeth Arden's lipstick in Pink Honey ($19.50),or for a cheaper version, MAC's Lipglass ($14.00) in Nymphette. Click on the link above to see a pictorial of the photo shoot from the magazine and how great Britney looks!
She confirms that it has been hard to get her body back after 2 babies, but she's been working really hard. It's also more her speed to be able to stay at home with her kids and watch Sex And The City reruns rather than going out to clubs- hard to believe, but ok. And her resolution(s) for 09 are to "stop worrying so much, learn how to be happier in general, and to not take things so seriously."
I think that sounds like a good plan Britney and I hope you can keep your resolutions so that we can all have our favorite pop star back! Everyone deserves another chance to reinvent themselves.