30 Years Of Seeing Stars – Britney In People Magazine

Britney Spears

She started out in pigtails, but it was soon apparent that pop princess Britney Spears was a Madonna in the making. Ditching the schoolgirl outfit she wore at 17 to promote her 13-million-selling debut album, …Baby One More Time, the former Mouseketeer opted for much racier and far sparser clothing. She popped up nearly naked on magazine covers and in clubs from Manhattan to Malibu while rebounding from a much-publicized breakup with *NSYNC alum Justin Timberlake. “I did party a bit, but what the hell else am I gonna do?” she wondered. That was just a warm-up for her jolting awards-show smooch with Madonna herself and a Las Vegas marriage to childhood pal Jason Alexander (annulled 55 hours later). “If I mess up, I’m human,” she declared. “I’m no different from anyone else my age.” No different except that by 22 she had released a steamy fourth album (In The Zone), was embarking on a world tour and had a net worth of some $150 million. Yes, even Brit-Brit (as her mom calls her) had to admit, “I wake up, and I can’t believe this is my life.”

-People Magazine