Miss American Dream Since She Was 17

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There is no doubt about it that Britney Spears is the tabloid hog of our generation.  Ever since she stepped into the spotlight in the Mickey Mouse Club all eyes have been on Britney. When she first burst out onto her own with her album,…baby one more time, Britney was just an innocent girl from Louisiana making her way into the damaging and high pressure world of the entertainment industry.  This is evident from the album cover of her first album. The way Britney is posed on the cover can be related to that of an innocent and cute puppy; head cocked to one side, glistening eyes, and a sense of friendliness. Even the lyrics of her hit single, “Hit Me Baby One More Time”, convey the same innocence. “The reason I breathe is you
Boy you got me blinded
Oh baby, baby
There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
That’s not the way I planned “

This song reeks of young love and how a first love affects a teenage girl.  Britney was very into her religion and committed to her musical success  during this period in her life. However, the music video for this song does provide some insight into what the future Britney had in store. Her costuming is the major evidence. In this music video, Britney portrays herself as a schoolgirl. Some people might associate this image of a schoolgirl with role playing and sexual fantasies of a select few. Midrif showing, pigtails, a short skirt and exposing top contribute to this conclusion. Back then, this type of conclusion would not have been drawn because Britney was only known as the good girl.

As her music and success as an artist progressed, more skin and less clothes appeared on Britney. Also, more provocative poses, lyrics and music videos were presented to the public. Britney’s reputation started to change from innocent girl to a strong, sexually comfortable woman. “I’m a Slave 4 U” was one of the first songs that Britney composed after this transition occurred. In the music video, she wears her underwear on the outside of her pants, leaving a lot to the imagination. Not only does she display her undergarments for the world to see, a good amount of the upper half of her body is exposed. Throughout the entire video Britney is sweaty which gives off a hot and sexual vibe. By adding all the components together, this conclusion can be drawn.

As stated before, Britney went through a transition period in not only her life but also her career as a musical talent. Britney expressed to the world in her song “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman.” The lyrics speak for themselves:

“I’m not a girl
(I’m not a girl don’t tell me what to believe).
Not Yet a woman
(I’m just trying to find the woman in me, yeah).
All I need is time (All I need),
A moment that is mine (That is mine),
While I’m in between.”

Britney has lived her life in the public eye. The whole world has followed her from the start as an innocent girl to her falling off the bandwagon and regaining her life and career back. She has been under a magnifying glass for the longest time. She chronicles her life journey throughout her various albums and songs.  Like every other human being, Britney grew up and experienced the roller coaster of life. Her music helped her cope with it from the start.  She is living her American dream.

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