When the music video for “Baby One More Time,” the first major single from Britney Spears, came out, the pop princess became a megastar. Seen as a pop icon due to both the length of her career and how many of her songs have become massive hits, she is comparable to some of the biggest music stars in history. Listed as the eighth best-selling female music artist in the United States history by The Recording Industry Association of America, it is safe to say that she had something of a Midas touch. In short, she will likely never be forgotten due in large part to releasing a long list of catchy songs that her legions of fans had to buy and dance to.
That said, anyone that tries to pretend that her looks didn’t play a large part in her success, especially during the promotion of her second album, would be kidding themselves. Introduced to most people via a music video that saw her wearing a schoolgirl outfit, on the face of things, she initially went for an innocent character that fans her age couldn’t get enough of. As she grew into a woman, however, she embraced her s*xual side, started wearing outfits that revealed her impressive figure, and turned a lot of heads with several arousing music videos. Thinking of those years where she had become an international superstar and someone a lot of us loved, puts a smile on our faces. Realizing that is what inspired us to put together this list of the fifteen hottest photos of Britney Spears in her prime.
When it comes to the photos we’ve chosen, the first prerequisite was that Britney Spears can be seen looking great. That means that the inclusion of people other than the singer will have zero effect on the placement of a photograph on this list. Next, we are looking at pictures from her prime so we won’t be looking at any that were taken after her infamous meltdown. Also, we opted to limit ourselves to images of her after turning eighteen. As such, we did our best to ensure that these photos were taken after December 2nd in 1999, but before her 2007 head-shaving incident. Screenshots of her from any media appearances and performances are fair game as they are some of her most memorable moments. So, without any further ado, let’s get to the list.
15 Rolling Stone
This is the first of two Rolling Stone covers to make this list, this one derives from the May 2000 issue of the magazine. Taking on a decidedly patriotic vibe, standing in front of a large American flag and wearing clothing that brings to mind the stars and stripes, that isn’t something we typically find very sexy. On the other hand, when we see a woman as beautiful as Britney Spears bearing her midriff and a pair of tight leather-looking pants in that situation, our point of view instantly changes. On top of that, the sly smirk that seems to be on her face makes it look like she is acutely aware of the effect she would have on us and loving every bit of it. If that isn’t attractive enough to you, we don’t know what is.
14 Lying Down
An image that appeared in the January 2000 issue of FHM, it shows her lying on what appears to be a bed and looking at the camera from an angle that is quite thought-provoking. Sure, the logical side of our brains realizes that the blood must have been quickly rushing to her brain and there is no real way that she enjoyed taking this but we can pretend that isn’t the case. Instead, let’s focus on the opportunity to look down on her body from a perspective that few have ever enjoyed. On top of that, the crisscrossing situation going on with her legs is tantalizing, to say the least, and something that we will celebrate with some of the other pictures on this list.
13 Rolling Stone 2
We told you that another Rolling Stone Magazine cover would be making our list and we meant it, as you can tell by the appearance of this image from the December 2001 issue. Looking as though she is sitting on a dock, yet again they have chosen to put her in a locale that despite being beautiful, isn’t inherently sexy on the face of it. Fortunately, for those of us that find her to be an attractive woman, she is wearing clothes that expose some cleavage and her midriff which we find irresistible. We may find it a little bit odd that the look on her face looks somewhat indecipherable or emotional, but that doesn’t take away our enjoyment of this photo.
A photograph that was taken by Jean-Baptise Mondino and published in an issue of Elle Magazine from the year 2002, much to the delight of many (we can only presume), it is striking even from the first glance. Clearly an orchestrated image based on the legion of professionals that likely worked behind the scenes, they did a great job of making it look like an "off the cuff" and natural moment. Looking as though she is in the midst of a moment of joyful reflection by the look on her face, the choice to have her arms raised like that communicates something akin to intimacy for some reason. When you then enjoy the view of her midriff, something she was clearly happy to include in many photoshoots (thankfully), this whole presentation is as close to sexy while not looking out there.
11 Among The Trees
In this image from a 2003 issue of In Style Magazine, they pulled off something that is very impressive. Looking as though she is wearing next to nothing, this hints at the more private parts of her body but doesn’t actually give us a great view of any of them. After all, they aren’t really showing us her cleavage, rear end, legs, or even midriff here when you really examine the image. Still, despite that being true, there's something here that feels like the opposite is true and we are delighted to pretend like we are getting a view that we were never supposed to. Considering that you are reading these words, we can probably assume that you would be more than happy to imagine that is the case right alongside us.
A lot of people may not remember it now but at the height of Britney’s popularity, a movie studio saw fit to have her star in a movie despite a lack of any real acting experience. It may not come as a big surprise to you that her acting in the 2002 film Crossroads, was pretty much universally panned by critics despite being nominated for Teen Choice and MTV Movie Awards. Clearly, they were just in her pocket due to how big her music was as she was actually nominated for seven awards celebrating the worst in film too. Still, none of that matters in the case of this list as we are only looking at what is hot and the movie had several moments that fall under the category. We’ve chosen to include this photo of her getting out of the shower supposedly wearing nothing other than a towel for the implication alone.
Before putting together lists like this one, we never realized that there is a tendency for celebrities to take part in multiple photoshoots with the same person behind the camera. In the case of Britney, one person she has done this with is a man named James White, who took this image in 2003 and this won’t be his last piece to make the cut of this list. Looking as though she is standing in a gust of wind, based on the movement of her hair, that, alongside her makeup being incredibly on point, make us look at her face with true appreciation. On top of that, we get to see a small amount of cleavage from the side but it almost looks as though her top was poised to fall off at any moment which we absolutely love, of course.
8 Oops...I Did It Again
If you were around when the music video for Britney’s song “Oops!...I Did It Again” came out in the year 2000, then you most likely remembered the outfit she is wearing here the second you saw it. A bright red piece of clothing that communicates a fiery attitude shown on her face here, she seems like someone who knows what she wants and is going to get it. On top of all that, the fact that her outfit is so tight to her skin, we imagine it took the help of assistants to get off, in and of itself would have been enough to warrant its inclusion here.
The halftime show at the Super Bowl is one of the most coveted gigs in all of the music industry. An event that routinely is one of the most viewed events of the year, the opportunity to put on a show for the masses like that could make a real difference in someone’s life. As a result, it probably shouldn’t come as a big surprise that there is oftentimes more than one artist booked as was the case with Super Bowl XXXV where Aerosmith, N'Sync, and Britney appeared. The only solo artist at the time that was involved, she could have fallen to the wayside but her choice to wear a strategically cut Aerosmith shirt ensured that that wasn’t the case. She was perfectly tanned and toned and displayed just enough cleavage that it made her impossible to look away from. Pretty sure any viewer had this image of her ingrained in their minds the second she appeared.
6 VMA Performance
When Britney Spears came out on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2001 wearing an outfit that brings to mind a bikini and with a snake around her neck, it was absolutely eye-grabbing. Of course, the serpent seemed designed to bring to mind something else, especially in the minds of men, if you get what we mean. Her incredible body looking truly magnificent and being somewhat on display absolutely blows us away to this day. She may have been performing the song “I’m A Slave 4 U,” but at that moment there were legions of people that would have likely done her bidding for her instead.
A photo that was taken by Nigel Perry and released in the year 2000, this is one of the earliest photos we’ve included on this list. Britney here looks like a poised and mature woman. Taking on a vaguely sci-fi element, due in large part to the clothes she has on, if this is a vision of our future taken in the past, it would be the opposite of the dystopia we see reflected in movies all the time. Standing in front of a reflective surface, there actually appears to be three separate views of her as well, which is something we can definitely get on board with. Clearly, a very fit woman at the time, the view of her tight stomach has to be the highlight of this picture, of course.
4 Side View
We’re not entirely sure what exactly the NBA Read to Achieve All Star Special is but based on the name, we can assume it was meant to inspire basketball fans to pick up books. We have to say that if our perception is on point, we think that the people who planned that event in 2002, where this picture derives from, really didn’t think their plan through. A massive star at the time, we perfectly understand that she would have had enough star power that she could have likely inspired millions of youngsters to tune in. Still, here we see a photo of Britney taking part in the event, looking gorgeous and giving us a great view of just how glorious her derriere was at the time. That is the problem in our view, though, because if we turned on our TVs one morning and saw that we would probably stare at it as much as possible in the off chance we would see something that great yet again.
The second photo on this list to feature Britney laying on a bed, we think this one is by far the hotter of the two and that is really saying something. We can see the rise of her rear end here which is nice, of course, but aside from that there really isn't much of her body on display but there is certainly something to be said for mystery some of the time. The thing that really makes this image stand out in our minds, however, is the feeling that it gives the viewer that they are sharing a private moment with a sexy singing superstar. We fully realize that anyone who saw this 2002 image got the exact same view but the fact that this could inspire so many people to feel that way, is one of its greatest strengths.
2 Silver Suit
The second photo that was taken from the futuristic Nigel Perry photoshoot from the year 2000, this image that was released by GQ shows Britney wearing a silver body suit. Covering up every inch of her body aside from a portion of her neck and her head, there is no doubt that among the photos we’ve chosen, she is revealing the least amount of her skin here. That may leave you wondering why we chose it at all, let alone decided to put it so high on our list, if you aren’t looking at it the same way we are. A skintight outfit that hugs her every curve, it actually feels as though we may be getting one of the best views of what she is working with here that we've ever seen.
1 Side Thigh
A photo taken for Esquire, this photo appeared in the November 2003 issue of the magazine and a version of it actually appeared on the publication’s cover. With a hairdo that looks like something Marilyn Monroe would wear and a look of confidence on her face that makes it seem like she is enjoying the effect, she knows this picture will turn on people and we love that alone. Also wearing a tight white sweater, it doesn’t really show off much at all but adds an element of innocence to the presentation. Clearly, the element that makes this a standout, however, is that it looks as though she isn’t wearing any bottoms at all, even though we can’t actually see anything untoward. Getting a look at an image that implies real nudity like that, however, was more than enough to top our list despite the fact that she isn’t revealing anything more than a woman wearing a bikini might.
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