Fabulous Female Friday – City Mom on Britney Spears
In honour of my recent night of fame that you may or may not have heard about, today’s FFF is going to be a little different. Today I’ll be featuring Miss Britney Spears as August’s second Fabulous Female.
My sisters and I have always been fans of Britney Spears. We’ve made a tradition to attend her concerts together when she’s near London. We’ve seen her in Hamilton once and her recent concert makes it twice in Toronto.
Her Circus tour was the first time we decided to dress up like Britney. Her recent concert, the Femme Fatale tour at the Air Canada Centre, was the second time. For Circus we dressed up as characters that might be found in the production; we wore corsets, top hats and lots of lace. This time around we decided to dress up as past Britney personas.
Our costume selection was quite the hit with Britney fans in Toronto. From the moment we took the roof down on my sister’s black convertible as we entered the city, to the moment we returned to the car to make the long drive home, we held celebrity-type status.
We were asked to pose for over 100 photos. Radio stations, other fans and even Britney’s official photographer were among the paparazzi. One photo even made it to britneyspears.com and to her official Facebook page.
We grabbed some drinks at a nearby patio before the show and it was there that a tour group walked by and in unison began clapping and cheering at us. It was unreal.
It was a whirlwind of an evening and I didn’t hesitate to post it all over Facebook and Twitter. After all, I do have a secret desire to become famous and I believe this is the closest I’ll ever get.
It was a response to one of my posts that made me decide to feature Britney this week as City Mom’s Fabulous Female. The comment said something like “…impressed that you’re a proud Britney fan, I’m still in the closet.”
I wouldn’t dare reveal who said this (don’t worry, your secret is safe with me) but it made me realize that I have been defending my fanaticism for Britney for years and it’s time once and for all to put some words behind it.
Today I’m interviewing myself on Britney…
Tell us about Britney.
Britney Jean Spears was born on December 2, 1981 in McComb, Mississippi but raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. She began singing and acting as a child with her first notable role as a Mouseketeer on the hit show The All New Mickey Mouse Club.
Britney is now 29 and the mom of two young boys. She’s not only a singer but also a songwriter, dancer, actress, record producer, author, fashion designer and video director.
Whether you are a fan of Britney or not, it’s impossible to say that she’s not a fabulous female. She has all the attributes and accomplishments that other fabulous females have, and she’s got something else, the ability to cope with living her life very much in the public eye.
What inspires you about Britney?
Britney is a business-woman before all else. Yes she sings, dances and puts on a hell of a good show, but she’s also an entrepreneur. She runs a very lucrative company and that is what we see on stage and on her album covers – her business.
The amount of controversy she has managed to overcome is amazing. Many women, if in Britney’s shoes would have given up by now. She has taken a childhood dream and turned it into an empire and not given up. But it’s not all about money and fame.
Britney is also a mom, just like me and you. She struggles with the same issues that motherhood forces on us. Whether she did in fact have postpartum depression or not, she struggled with motherhood just like the rest of us.
She had her low time but she fought it and won. This takes a strong woman and it’s something I identify with. She’s back on track, back to work and looking fabulous.
How do you identify with Britney?
I’m not joking when I say I know how she must feel. One day of being famous and I was exhausted. I couldn’t make a move without being looked at, spoken to, photographed, pointed and stared at. I imagine if everyday were like this it would get quite overwhelming.
Big jobs come with big money, but the way I see it, even if she were to choose to quit today, the attention would never stop. This is something she’ll have to live with for the rest of her life. Knowing this I think she handles herself really well and puts effort into doing the best she can.
Though I didn’t shave my head in a fit or mental disarray, I did have moments of ‘craziness’ while battling Postpartum Depression. I did things I wish I hadn’t and I felt feelings that were scary and shocking. Had the world been watching my every move at the time, they’d think I was crazy too.
I know in a small dose what she went through and as most women who have suffered from PPD would agree, you feel solidarity with other women who have travelled the same path.
Why do you think Britney is worthy of the Fabulous Female title?
You’ve heard the saying ‘actions speak louder than words’ right? Well when it comes to Britney Spears, this saying couldn’t be more appropriate. Take a look at this list of Britney’s accomplishments:
- Only the second artist in history to have two consecutive singles debut at number-one
- Third-most number one hits (among Mariah Carey & Janet Jackson)
- Biggest selling musician worldwide (2000–2010) with global album and single sales of over 180 million as of 2010.
- Eighth best-selling female recording artist in the United States with 35 million albums sold
- The youngest singer to receive a star on The Walk of Fame
- The artist with the most mainstream Top 40 chart hits since 2000, with 21 tracks
- Only female artist in history to have 6 of her albums debut at no. 1
And this list doesn’t even come close to capturing all Britney’s accomplishments. She takes a lot of criticism and as do her fans but the proof is in her work. She’s doing something right.
What’s your favourite Britney song?
This is a tough question to answer, but it’s the question that always gets asked when someone is the fan of something in particular.
I love most of her songs but I’d have to say my favourite is Gimme More from her Blackout album.
What is your favourite Britney look?
Again, tough one…she’s got some great stylists. I loved her I’m a Slave 4 U look. The python was impressive!
So there you have it, my take on Britney Spears as a Fabulous Female. I realize this isn’t the traditional format for the FFF feature but while I am trying to get a hold of Britney for a real interview, this will have to suffice.
Britney if you’re reading this…call me! I’d love to interview you for the Fabulous Female Feature properly!