Cover Girl: Britney Spears for InStyle Magazine

Posted on December 05, 2013

A Britney Spears impersonator lands the cover of InStyle.

Britney Spears covers the January 2013 issue of InStyle magazine in Dior photographed by Michelangelo Di Battista.

Christian Dior Resort 2014 Collection/Model: Kel Markey (WOMEN)



You’d never think Brit could make one of these awkward Diors look good, but it helps that they shot as little of it as possible. Still, weird cover. Very posed and unnatural.



[Photo Credit: Michelangelo Di Battista for InStyle Magazine,]

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  • MoHub

    Dior is dead to me.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Truly. Such an ugly, thoughtless dress.

      • Evan

        Actually, I think the sad thing is that it looks like a lot of thought was put into it and it still came out a mess.

    • marlie

      At least no one made her appear on the red carpet in this thing. That couple inches that they showed on the cover isn’t toooo bad.

      • Sarah

        It really looks like something they’d put Carrie Diaries girl in. (Not a good thing)

    • Kent Roby

      It’s just amazing at how much fug they’ve been rolling out lately. They’ve gone from “J’adore” to “J’don’t”.

      • Vtg Fashion Library


      • SRQkitten

        It’s like Stella McCartney got a second job moonlighting for Dior.

    • Mona_Visa

      Word. Dior has had plenty of chances and I’m tired of talking.

    • Danielle


  • Jessica Freeman

    She looks uncomfortable, which would explain the awkward posing.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Posed and unnatural…. like so many pics of Brit.

  • Paigealicious

    Uh, where’d her neck go?

  • marlie

    This looks nothing like Brit Brit. They did something weird to her nose and mouth area. I think her hair looks too casual for the dress, even though we can barely see it.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I was thinking wether she had had a nose job or it was just the makeup.

    • Little_Olive

      I think they downright merged her face with someone else’s. I just… ugh.

      • nowlo

        Yeah, it looks like they threw a little Hayden Panettiere into the mix just for kicks.

    • anneland

      It’s funny that here in Las Vegas the local LGBT magazine QVegas has a Britney impersonator on the cover this month who kinda looks more like her.

      • AzSportsGirl

        Sounds like a deliriously fabullous magazine.

  • annabelle archer

    Bless. Her. Heart.
    Her story is one that make me so sad.

    • marlie

      I feel really bad for her. It sounds silly (and simplistic) to say, but I just want the poor girl to be happy.

    • sagecreek

      Same here.

    • Evan

      Have you ever read the quote as to why she was signed in the first place? The guy who signed her did so not for her talent, but because she looked like your All-American girl that he would want to do naughty things to. Mind you she was only in her mid-teens. Very disturbing to say the least. He actually mentioned this in an interview, I think with the LA Times. The perv had no shame.

      • annabelle archer

        I honestly believe that every decision maker at Disney and Nickelodeon are raging pervs, pedos, and sickos. They turn out girl after girl who is a twisted mix of sexy yet underage.

        • MK03

          Apparently the guy who created All That, The Amanda Show, iCarly and a bunch of other Nick shows is a huge pedophile. There are several stories about him trying to have sex with the teenage (or younger) stars of his hows.

          • annabelle archer

            I’d read that too. Sad.

      • marlie

        That’s horrifying and disgusting.

      • Sobaika

        Do you remember Dave Holmes from MTV? He wrote an essay for Vulture about his time in the late 90s. He started working around the same time Britney came on the scene. His agent said something along the lines of “She’s hot, I like her even though she’s fat.” What a wonderful business.

        • Evan

          No, I don’t. I’m only 23 and I didn’t watch MTV back then, but I totally believe it. I think all of Hollywood is filled with a bunch of pervs as Execs.

        • Vivi N

          Yes! I read that essay. It was so entertaining. But that line about Britney coming from that loser of an agent’s mouth definitely made me go “what the fuck?!!”

      • LesYeuxHiboux

        I remember watching her True Hollywood Story or something like that, and her mother admitted basically pushing her on a popular senior when she was a freshman (earning her a place on the homecoming court). She was living with the guy in his basement apartment when she was thirteen. No one has ever looked out for this girl.

        • MK03

          Her parents ruined her and her sister. When one of your daughters has a very public nervous breakdown that nearly killed her and your other daughter gets knocked up in her teens, you need to take a good, hard look at yourself and your parenting decisions.

    • Laura Renee

      I kind of grew up with her — she’s a few years older than me, but I latched onto her in middle school as my first favorite pop star (though I was never crazy about her), and I remember hearing about the meltdown where she shaved her head, and being utterly unsurprised. So yeah, I’ve always held a lot of sympathy in my heart for Britney Spears. Miley Cyrus has so much agency, in comparison (I hope she does, anyway).

      • annabelle archer

        Picture it…Alabama…late Summer, 1998..4am….

        Me, boyfriend and our gay roommate, were coming down off a nice little trip. The boys were cleaning up our mess (finger paints, because I was feeling artsy) and I was trying to find music on the TV. Did you know MTV used to play music videos? My vision had returned to mostly normal but when I saw this gorgeous girl dancing in her school uniform and singing Hit Me Baby, One More Time, I vividly remember calling in them into the room to see if my shit was somehow kicking back in. I was mesmerized at how cute she was, and how catchy that little song was. The gay roommate was instantly infatuated, the boyfriend was equally appreciative (but feeling weird bc she was clearly younger than us) and we all talked about whoever this chick was, she was going to be a Super Star. I never became a super fan, but I’ve always kept an eye on her. The Fug Girls Letters of Truth in her voice are the finest thing on the internet archives, and I was deeply bothered by her mental break down, and I have very mixed feelings on her “recovery.”

        • LesYeuxHiboux

          I first heard that song on cassette tape (a single, no joke) on a bus coming back from a choir trip to Disneyland. I knew the song would be a massive hit, but when I finally saw the video I was put off by how in-your-face sexy the whole thing was coming from a girl just a couple years older than me.

          • MK03

            Fun fact: The original concept for the video was supposed to feature Brit singing and dancing on a giant record player. Her mother claimed in an interview that Britney complained to her that “nobody would take her seriously” like that so “they” insisted on a new concept, which eventually became the sexy schoolgirl video we all know now. Mom is so full of shit.

          • annabelle archer

            I didn’t notice the sexualization of underage girls until I became a parent. Once I had girls under my care, I began to see it everywhere and have turned into quite the old biddy about it.

          • foodycatAlicia

            I prefer the term “sexual objectification” – I feel like it puts the negative on the person doing it, and not on the underage girls being objectified. But yes, also quite the old biddy about it, even though I have no children myself.

          • DTLAFamilies

            I’m glad I have a son because if I had a daughter I’d be foaming at the mouth 24/7.

    • fursa_saida

      She is still not legally in charge of herself. And you know all the stuff she’s been doing–judging on the X-Factor, her residency in Vegas–is just so the people in charge of her can keep raking in cash. I get the sense that given her druthers she’d just retire, probably, but she doesn’t really know what else to do or how to do it (even if she were her own legal guardian, jesus). She’s never not been working in entertainment.

      I read an amazing piece on her in Rolling Stone that was from a few years ago–it was post the major breakdown, maybe 2010 or so? The part I remember most clearly is the part about the paps who specialize in following her around. She likes to fuck with them–they’re gonna follow her around anyway, so she makes them work for it. It sounds sort of amazing and terrifying at the same time; I mean, all those guys drive rented cars when they’re working because they don’t want theirs getting all dinged up. She leads them on wild goose chases. I admire that, in a sad sort of way.

      • kmk05

        I think you hit it nail on the head with ‘she doesn’t really know what else to do or how to do it’. It makes me sad, because I grew up with her and I wish she were happier/less awkward onscreen.

        Can’t believe she’s still not in charge of herself, especially after 2 kids! The fact that she’s a cash cow is becoming more and more blatant.

      • oh_dear_oh_dear

        That Rolling Stone piece was incredible. It actually got me to subscribe to the magazine for while.

        She is really a fascinating, tragic figure. I hope her story ends more happily than these stories usually do.

  • rosanegra

    She looks like Dana Plato!

    • Funkykatt

      Oh dear, can it get worse?

      • Heather

        Indeed, RIP Dana.

    • lifeisastory

      Wow, she really does!

  • boweryboy

    Holy hell. Is there no end to the Raf Simons Dior WTFery?

    Just when I think it can’t get worse, it does. Between this and the Coitllard dress I’m going to be mad all day now.

    • Denise Alden

      I know. SO BAD.

    • stellamaris73

      I’m 1000% with you on this. Raf Simons has been an unmitigated disaster at Dior.

    • Guest

      What I found amusing this morning is today’s cover page at is Tim Blanks reminiscing about Galliano’s 1998 Dior haute couture collection.
      Clearly, we’re not the only ones longing for the fabulosity that once was Dior.

      • boweryboy

        Weird. I don’t know how I replied to myself as a guest. There’s a similar post from me somewhere else as well.

  • International Model

    “Still, weird cover. Very posed and unnatural.” As opposed to all their other covers? (I say as someone who continues to buy this magazine monthly…)

    • Courtney Zanetti

      I know, Instyle has got crazy photoshoppers on staff, they always go way too far. that part of why they prefer this white backgroung, over-exposed photography, so that it can hide ALL the photoshopping they do. look at her torso. what happened to the rest of her body past her left arm, and where did her right arm and shoulder disappear to?

  • sagecreek

    Damn, they photoshopped her to the point of unrecognizable.

    • annabelle archer

      You aren’t alone in thinking this, but for once, I don’t see what y’all see. I just watched her Ellen Show clip and saw her in motion, and this is what she looks like now, to me, anyways. It was nice to see her a little less….wooden than in previous interviews. But for a girl who supposedly wants to be on the stage, she never, ever looks comfortable in front of a crowd.

      • Guest

        She used to. Something happened, obviously.

      • sagecreek

        Well, as you said below, hers is a sad, sad story. Honestly, she should go off somewhere for a few years, and then make a spectacular comeback. She can’t do it if she stays here.

        • Little_Olive

          That’s what I’ve always hoped for -I too have a soft spot for her. I’ve always thought she’d rock an unexpected comeback: as a soccer mom instead of former sexpot.

      • housefulofboys

        I also saw that Ellen clip, and thought the same. She looks as if she has either had some work done or her styling and makeup are making her look more generic Hollywood. It was a subtle shift, so I could even give her the benefit of the doubt that maybe her looks are growing older this way. And I say this as someone who is achingly tired of celebrity women going under the knife to look just like everyone else. I live for those rare individuals who value the faces they were born with. But I digress. I have a soft spot for Britney, as a fragile soul who was ill-equipped to deal with the life she was thrust into but continues to hang in there. Her affect on Ellen was a little flat and she didn’t have much to say that wasn’t pre-programmed, but her expressions and smile were genuine and she looked more engaged than she has in a long while. Fingers crossed.

      • MK03

        I think she’s probably still reeling whatever caused her very public breakdown. Mental illness can leave scars that stick around for years.

  • conniemd

    They definitely photoshopped the turquoise in the band at the top of the bust to make it a much softer blue.

    • anneland

      I love the necklace the model is wearing.

  • TigerLaverada

    That’s a really unfortunate dress, no matter who’s wearing it. They were smart to show very little of it. And I’ll just take your word this generic looking unrecognizable blond is Britney.

    • sagecreek

      Generic, indeed.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Girl, that’s not your nose! Damned photoshop!

  • Latin Buddy

    Two notes:

    “Very posed and unnatural” is the perfect way to describe this girl these days. I miss the “real” (or at least, more natural) Britney Spears. These days, she looks so out of it and it’s like someone is feeding her the lines.

    Second, seriously, what is up with Dior. I know they have a new creative person but they tried to go the Valentino route (getting young eyes to land on “fresh) and they failed. They’re closer to Rodarte or Lanvin in that the pieces don’t “go”

    • mjude

      you are right, what the hell is up with Dior? not that I am a fashion expert but I would not know that the last few Diors we have seen were Dior.
      Britney makes me uncomfortable.

    • Sunraya

      I think Britney, a clean and sober Britney, has some issues with the limelight. I think she is doing great, considering all that she went through. Lindsay Lohan should be doing so well.

  • conniemd

    I took a gander over to the link for the Christian Dior resort collection to refresh my memory and there were a couple of uses of this same table cloth material. For the most part they followed the same trend of weird cutouts, sheers, (including one sheer over bare breast showing nipple) and just strangely asymmetrical. I wouldn’t say overdesigned, because some were simply, but just off in some way, kinda like a Dali painting. (I know some will hate that comparison as jarring could be fashionable, which is why I said “off,” like something is wrong with the picture.

    • marlie

      YES. Everything is just a little bit “off.”

  • boweryboy

    Yet another Dior dress that has made me so mad I had to post twice.

    I find it amusing that today’s cover page at is Tim Blanks reminiscing about Dior’s 1998 haute couture collection.

    Clearly, we’re not the only ones longing for the fabulosity that once was Dior.

  • Nan

    That’s not Poppy Montgomery? Huh. Who knew.

    • stellamaris73

      Or, with a brunette wig, Eva Longoria? Poppy’s a good call. Whoever this is, it’s not Britney.

  • Gatto Nero

    Weren’t her 15 minutes up about a decade ago?

    • boweryboy

      She signed on to do an extended Vegas act so she’s relevant again.

    • Andrew Schroeder

      All of her albums have debuted at #1, minus Blackout, so the answer to your question would be no.

    • Anastasia

      The music industry is using her as a cash cow at this point. I feel really, really bad for her, because she clearly wants to spend the rest of her life in private with her children. Sadly, the name recognition still makes a pretty penny and her psyche’s bearing the consequences.

  • JR Labrador

    Carmen Carrera wrapped in a shower curtain.

  • SAA

    I saw Britney last night at Macys (no joke) she looks nothing like this. I’ll never understand why these mags don’t just let a star’s natural beauty shine.

    And Dior has really turned to shit. I remember standing in Dior on Rodeo for 20 minutes just STARING at one of JG’s runway shows, unable to move because I couldn’t take my eyes away from the beauty… Not sure what either they or YSL are thinking, but it all makes me sad.

  • aeb1986

    Britney Spear’s catchphrase: “posed and unnatural”

  • Richard Banger

    Why does the dress look photoshopped on?

  • Constant Reader

    Ugh. That fabric just screams “sponge-painted walls in a high school girl’s bedroom circa 1985.”

  • kingderella

    “very posed and unnatural.” so, it captures her spirit really well?

  • Funkykatt

    Who is the photoshopper who constantly increases covergirl head sizes? I see it on so many magazines.

  • tereliz

    That girl is obviously from Houston, not Kentwood. Who is she supposed to be?

  • Kent Roby

    Apparently the headline about how to rework your look is referring to photoshopping.

  • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    Science splices genes of Emma Roberts and Britney Spears, sets new record for vapidity in a look.

  • MilaXX

    More fug from Dior.

  • decormaven

    That is the silliest dress ever. Thank the heavens we only see a tiny snippet of it here.

  • Qitkat

    Another Dior WTF ??

  • crash1212

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a person so uncomfortable in front of cameras in my life. She always looks like a scared bunny.

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    They’re never gonna let her change her look, are they? She’ll be pushing 60 and still have that fried yellow hair.

  • Lesley

    Britney never has and never will be a high fashion girl she always did the hot girl at the trailer park look to perfection and we all loved her for it. this is just not britney. as for the posey, unnatural thing – i think she’s just not comfortable infront of cameras anymore and if it was up to her she wouldn’t be performing anymore.

  • Little_Olive

    I just don’t understand why this girl has not been able to get her hair right in around 10 years. Britney’s people, please.

  • lifeisastory

    This looks like the result of a PR challenge where the designers can only use crumpled paper, glue, and magic markers.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I like Britney; always have. It would be nice to see her look relaxed, but no one could relax in that bit of Dior fug, I’m guessing.

  • Sunraya

    I am 100% in this girl’s corner – she came back from the brink, and seems to be doing well. As long as she looks clean and sober, I have only good things to say about her. :)

  • Rabbit Rabbit

    cover looks like emma roberts

  • Mona_Visa

    Anyone else seeing Melora Hardin? Not a bad thing… A bit odd though. Best wishes to Brit. Give ’em hell sweetie.

  • paginatrix

    Her whole life has been posed and unnatural, poor thing.

  • Laurie Landry

    She’s never been much of a poser. Girl is too shy.

  • Nika E

    Britney looks fine, can we talk about that fugly Dior dress? Each dress is worse than the last.

  • Darva Sutra

    I declare, “Dior is the new Stella” (SLAM!)

    • Gaby

      Raf Simons, anyway.

  • Pterodactyl111

    InStyle covers are always the height of uncanny.

  • Gaby

    I think they photoshopped her ass out of existence. That, or some very very very careful angling.

  • NOLA_gal

    “Posed and unnatural.” On the cover of a fashion magazine? Who would’ve thunk it? (I kid, because I cry)

  • Esz

    Please someone fire Raf Simons – He can sign his own name to this fug if he wants but stop tarnishing Dior!!

  • GillianHolroyd

    Did anyone else guess Poppy Montgomery?

    Also if you’re going to photoshop out someone’s butt, cover the blank space with a mailing label so it’s not so obvious.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Dear God it’s Diana Agron.

  • Jess White

    Is Dior just French for ugly dress now? That thing looks like a totaled Ski-Doo.

  • jjtxgrrl

    Photoshop much, InStyle? Geeeze.

  • Sara Loehwing

    You mention that it’s the January 2013 cover, but shouldn’t it be 2014?

  • Diego!

    Is that Jamie Lynn?

  • Sara Leigh Merrey

    “Her most candid interview ever!” Why do I think there’s nothing really new there?

  • AzSportsGirl

    SomeONE is clearly working out his issues towards women with these aggressively unflattering silhouettes. And because it’s Dior, the fasion world continues to accept it.
    This is different from Prada.. I freuqently find Prada not pretty – but it’s always intersting.

  • guest2visits

    Not much of a Britney follower; but I have to say this was a good cover shot, and the pics inside are even better. She looks like she’s all there…she’s wearing clothes that don’t scream teen sexpot and they look good on her too. And usually InStyle USA isn’t the best for celebrity covers, so I’m surprised.