Britney Spears for ELLE Magazine

Posted on September 06, 2012

A very smooth and slightly Uncanny Valley version of Brit lands on the cover of ELLE:


Britney Spears covers the October 2012 issue of ELLE magazine photographed by Alexi Lubomirski and styled by Joe Zee.

 And while the face looks iffy (from a realism perspective), we’ve gotta say, you couldn’t find a more perfect dress for Brit than that one.

On her relationship with Jason Trawick:
Jason Trawick tells ELLE Britney made the first move in their relationship: “It was kind of one of those things where she moved, like, turned around, so we were face-to-face, and then-” Britney’s response? “Okay, that’s enough information, sweetie. It was sweet, just say that.”

On her laid-back style:
“I love my jeans and my sweats-I’m really just a tomboy at heart. So it’s really hard for me to be like Kim Kardashian and be makeup-and hair-ready every time I go out of my house. I’m not a believer in that, you know? On the other hand, when you do wear those sweats, you’re like, Oh God, I should step it up a notch.”

On dealing with paparazzi scrutiny:
“I guess I’ve been under the microscope so long that I don’t even pay attention to the nonsense anymore. I gave up getting upset about things people make up about me a long time ago.”

Inside, she looks much more natural, but the clothes are no less Britney:

Tiered gown, Just Cavalli. Pavé diamond bracelet, Bulgari. Suede boots, Kanye West. Her own ring.

Leather and patent leather jacket, Jason Wu. Satin bra, Dolce & Gabbana. Swarovski-crystal-embellished bloomers, The Blonds. Fishnets, Falke. Cutout satin boots, Roger Vivier. Her own earrings, ring.


The funny thing is, we really can believe that she’d dress in a bra, panties, and a leather jacket to record a song. She looks cute, though.


[Photo Credit: Alexi Lubomirski for]

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  • Sobaika

    Rooting for her! She looks good, even though we all know she’s a bit… messier looking in real life.

    There’s something weird with her fiancee/custodian/manager person, though.

    • call_me_schmeg

      i’m not a fan of her music, but if brit brit can get her shit together, the rest of us have no excuse. 

      • Stubenville

        It’s a lot easier when you have buckets of money, but most of us don’t have every move we make photographed either. 

        • call_me_schmeg

          the money doesn’t hurt, but i can only imagine how hard the walk back from the edge of crazytown would be if every head shaving, fake british accent interview and helicopter camera recorded police visit was (and still is) a mere google search away. 

          • Elaine Lang

             Plus, she’s got tons of people who are getting rich on a percentage of those buckets of money…and those people are likely to push-push-push her to stay in the limelight for more delicious cash.   When, sometimes, I swear, girl appears to need a few months in sweats and hiding under the duvet.

    • Spicytomato1

      Lol at “custodian.” I know it’s his official duty, but still. The man wears many hats. 

      Brit does look good, although a bit tired around the eyes. But I could be imagining/projecting that.

  • marlie

    I’ve never been a fan of Britney, but it’s good to see her looking good (healthy).

  • shirab

    I assume that’s Jason in the photos, not paying attention to her, and not some model, right?

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      I’m assuming too – and I keep thinking “Baby sitter in the background.” 

  • Kiltdntiltd

    I love this tab on the cover: “Smooth even glowing skin, the one trick every woman should know”  Is it maybe, photoshop?

    • Lori

      Is it just me, or does the cover look like they somehow merged Brit Brit with Hayden Panettiere? Photoshop is not the trick I want if it’s going to do that. (Nothing against Hayden Panettiere or anything, but I don’t want our faces to merge.)

      • Kiltdntiltd

         I see what you’re taking about, and yeah, I can also understand your reluctance about facial merging with HP.

      • algaechick

        I thought Britney merged with Diana Argon, but yeah, Photoshoppers went a little cray cray with Brit Brit.

      • ecallaw1977

         I think it’s a merge with Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

  • lovelyivy

    You know, as much as I want to like her and see her doing well, the fact that this grown ass woman is still under conservatorship creeps me out. It is totally possible that there are very legitimate mental health issues at play, but they keep on pushing her in the press as a competent adult when legally she is anything but. It’s like watching a Victorian era pre-feminist melodrama. Something out of Ibsen.

    • Kiltdntiltd

       Can you say, “A Doll’s House”?

      • Miss_Magpie

        WORD. And the ending will be spectacular, albeit painful.

        • formerlyAnon

           So I fear/expect.

          One can only hope that at some point somebody who’s really got her best interests (apart from her earning potential) at heart will have enough power/influence to help her get it together. I mean, it’s possible (since what do I *really* know about it) that’s happening, but it doesn’t look like it from the cheap seats.

          • NC_Meg

            Her dad is in charge of her now and I think he’s probably the best person for the job. Some people have said he keeps her performing because if she’s not performing she loses it. “It” meaning “her mind.”

          • foodycatAlicia

             I thought it was now a joint conservatorship between fiance and father? Also Victorian.

          • NC_Meg

            Her fiance could be in on it, I’m not sure. She’s shown that she can’t do it all herself so I don’t see it as so Victorian. If I ever hit crazytown like she did, I hope someone in my family steps forward and helps me out until I can take over again.

  • Tess Danesi

    If anyone would wear boots out of Kanye’s line, it’s Britney.  She does look really good here and I hope that means she’s recovered from her past traumas. She also looks hella fit in those spangled bloomers; of course, my thoughts go straight to photoshop but that could be cause I’m just jealous.

    • Sara L.

      The boots that look like an inflatable cast? I seriously thought she broke her ankle and they took pictures anyway. She does look great, though.

      • Martha Deutsch

        That’s exactly what I thought – that she had broken her ankle. And considering all the other photoshopping going on, was wondering why they didn’t airbrush that out … ? Alas, just one fugly boot, thanks to K.W.

  • Clueless_Jock

    Crystal panties. New trend?

    • kschwarting

      Is anyone else reminded of the episode of “Sex and the City” where Carrie wears D&G crystal bloomers for a charity fashion show?

      • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        And becomes fashion road kill? one of the best episodes EVER. 

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      WOW, I HOPE NOT!!!

  • Cindi Williams

    Britney is always one of those people I root for. I can’t explain it, but I have always felt protective of her. Besides, I love shaking my ass to her tunes.

    • Tatiana Luján

      her music is like macarroni and cheese.

      • Cindi Williams

        I don’t know what that means.

        • Heather

          I think it means: comforting, but trashy and filled with chemicals and not especially good for you.

          • Tatiana Luján


          • Cindi Williams

            Gotcha. I’ll remember that. :)

    • Leigh Anne Statton

      I’ve always felt the same way, protective of her. Not sure why… but I do.  And her albums have some great dirty-sounding sexytime songs as well as ass-shakers. :) 

  • Larkin21

    Love the clothes and the picture with her fiance but that is unflattering face in that last picture. Surely there was a better shot they could have used.

    • Tatiana Luján

      But it’s a fun and candid picture, I like it. We all know she is pretty.

      • HomeOfficeGirl

        I like it too – she looks like her young young self here.  It’s cute.

  • SophiaPehawkins

    I love Britney. 

    • NatalieD28

      I have to say, I died when I read your user name…I’m obsessed with the Golden Girls!!

      • SophiaPehawkins

        I’m glad someone got it! She’s sort of become my alter ego; she’s my Hannah Montana.

        • NatalieD28

          I sat here like “they HAVE to be referencing GG! NO WAYYYY!!” I’m only 24 but have been watching it my whole life! I watch it every day!

          • SophiaPehawkins

            22 here. Reruns were a lifesaver. Luckily, I got a job and bought the series on DVD. I thought the edits were cracktastic on Lifetime. Hallmark destroys jokes. They cut out Rose’s conversation with Dorothy about the word thrice, but left in the “thrice of them sitting on the couch” with the laugh soundtrack. If I were watching that for the first time, it would make no sense.

          • NatalieD28

            I think we’re the same person! I’m on my way to collecting them all, and I agree that Hallmark just destroys episodes. I also hate that the episodes in the morning that I have on while I get ready for work are also shown again that night, but I guess it makes sense! Oh gosh, no one my age has ever understood my GG love before!! I may shed a tear!

          • SophiaPehawkins

            The cover on my Facebook would probably make you bawl.

  • mjude

    she does deserve a break & she looks cute

  • Kayceed

    What is with the font used for her name on the cover, Elle??? Klassy.

  • Gus Casals

    Am I the only one concerned by the “sad eyes” expression she seems to be sporting lately, even when extremely produced and retouched. Oh Brit, share with all your gay uncles what is troubling you…

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I agree; that was the first thing I noticed about her on the cover.  She’s not smizing.  :(

    • kimmeister

      I notice it too, but think it’s partly just the naturally downturned shape of her eyes.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I would love that last shot even more if she was on rollerskates. 

    • Ginger

      I’m glad somebody else got the Boogie Nights vibe!  *snort*

  • Pants_are_a_must


    No, really.

    Britney Spears in a fashion editorial about being a Serious Recording Artist.


  • AthenaJ

    There’s something about Britney that makes me think she’d be just as happy in life as a waitress, with a bunch of kids and a trucker husband, living life out in the boonies, drinking beer and chillin on her (trailer?) porch. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I think her problems arose when her managers tried to take the country fried down-home girl out of her and turn her into this slick and polished pop star.   

  • Judy_J

    Her hair has grown out nicely.

  • kathryn_dc

    Talk about fug the cover! OUCH! The eyeliner looks different on the right eye, pulling it down, making it smaller, and on a different plane than the right. It also looks like Brit is smizing on that side only. I gasped.

  • TieDye64

    Uncanny Valley for sure, but I can only hope she’s got her shit together. For good. Here’s to a happy and healthy future! 

  • Heather

    I’m on the ‘I just can’t’ bandwagon with Britney. She does seem like a sad case, but I don’t care for her music (her voice sounds oddly froglike to me), and the deer in a headlights/need for conservatorship thing is creepy to me as well.

  • MilaXX

    It’s hard to tell from the photos but the clothes do seem to fit her. This Jason guy seems like the best guy she’s ever dated. I sincerely hope he is good to her.

    • minnye

      Is that him? I wish they were looking at each other… there’s not much life in these pics. Seems sad. Clothes are actually kind of fab.

  • RebeccaKW

    The shoes in that 2nd shot, on the couch, look like a cast.  I’m not a fan of her in general, but I’m glad she’s getting her life back on track.

  • Trisha26

    She looks like a stylist’s interpretation of an edgey country singer. (That last look isn’t any better than the recent one of Carrie Underwood in those fringed gold sandals.)

    • formerlyAnon

       No, the Carrie Underwood shot was a WAAAAY better look. It was all wrong, but likeable (to me, anyway.) This one is just looks like product placement on her body. Not so wrong, and nowhere near as appealing.

  • melanie0866

    Those are really boots?  I thought she’d broken her foot and had to wear an orthopedic boot.

  • CQAussie

    Oh Britney.  So tragic before, so BACK IN FIERCE now.  I’m no fan but even I can applaud her finally get her groove back.

  • formerlyAnon

    She is cute. Can’t stand either of those “boots” though. Hope they aren’t going to be a thing, but if both Kanye & R. Vivier are selling suede/fabric peep toe “boots” my hope is [wait for it] bootless, I expect.


  • jmorino08

    She looks great, but what is going on with her right eye in that cover photo? Also, that recording studio shot is pure ridiculousness!

  • granddelusion

    In her underwear? No, thank you.

  • Phyllis Craine

    Cannot WAIT to see her on X-Factor.  She appears to have no social filter – it will be awesome

  • jimmack

    Oh how the tired the PHOTOSHOP team must be at ELLE.

  • ChelseaNH

    She’s 30.  At some point, she’s gonna stop looking like a teenage Barbie doll, and then what will the world do with itself?

  • guest2visits

      I think the outfits are tragic.  And she’s worth 100 million… ?
    The disconnect between her face and the leather studded bustier is so odd; she could be posing for the cover of Corn Crops
    Gazette in a gingham apron and a sack of the winning produce over her shoulder.  The last one is even sadder; who’d a thought,
    granny panties have found a way to be even more ridiculous.  I think a 30 year old Britney can do alot better than this.
    Perhaps there’s more pics to be seen, I don’t know.   The Jason Wu jacket is nice.

  • quiltrx

    Um, ew.

  • elzatelzabelz

    She looks so much better inside the magazine than on the cover. Why do magazines insist on photoshopping covers to look like they are a wax figure? 

  • neofashionista

    she actually looks healthy here, very nice good on her!

  • PeaceBang

    Aw, Brit Brit!! So good to see her looking healthy and sane. I’m glad she’s back. Even in sparkly granny panties and/or hanging all over another scruffy Kevin Federline-looking dude.

  • Martha Deutsch

    Those Kanye West boots are hideous.