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MUSIC MONDAY: We Miss You, Britney Spears

Britney,
    You started out your career huge. So many 90s babies remember dancing to Baby One More Time in their elementary school talent show in an outfit similar to yours in the video. Dressed in a black mini skirt and a white, tied shirt you won us over. So many 90s girls had your poster on their bedroom walls and went to your concert. You Drive Me Crazy sparked a hip-hop routine for many dance groups made up of eight-year-olds, and high pigtails suddenly became a hairstyle worn everyday to school except “wacky hair day.” The other songs on your Baby One More Time album took over the hearts of girls whose crushes wouldn’t hold their hand or who let another girl wear their sweatshirt. 90s Britney was fun, energetic, and most of all–she was innocent.

    Only two years later we see a Britney who is trying to break down barriers. You were stuck and trying to grow up while others were trying to protect you. Hence, I’m Not a Girl Not Yet a Woman, Overprotected, and I’m a Slave 4 U. Girls who were rockin’ out to your Baby One More Time album in 1999 were growing up with you and found comfort in your new album. You made 90s babies feel like they were understood when they tried to “grow up” too. You were our source of comfort, inspiration and motivation to embrace our evolving selves.

    By 2007, the barriers had been broken and your hair was gone. Britney, Britney, Britney, so many girls would kill for your hair and you shaved it off like it was nothing. There were tons of rumors about the reasoning behind this drastic action, but we know one of them was not to make a fashion statement. Personally, we can overlook the shaving of your head for one reason and one reason only–you made some awesome music while you were in, what us fans refer to as, your “crazy stage.” While mediocre Britney fans and Britney critics were contemplating and judging you about this change, true Britney fans were trying to shush them so we could hear your new and fierce songs. Circus, Gimme More, Piece of Me, Radar, and Break the Ice are only a few of the songs that we made sure to turn up on the radio and channel when we were trying to escape judgement.

    While these weren’t the last songs you created, we are having a hard time without you being on tour. Other than a few, “It’s Britney, bitch,” appearances in remixes, we don’t get to see or hear much of you. While we understand that you are fully in mom-mode now, we just want you to know that the 90s babies who danced to Baby One More Time and defended you during a rough time in your life are still here. We are patiently, but anxiously, awaiting the Britney comeback.

                Sincerely,
                    Britney fans everywhere
    

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Kelsey Howard is a senior at the University of South Florida. She is majoring in mass communications with a concentration in magazine and a minor in American Sign Language. Kelsey is currently on the Editorial Team for Her Campus USF, is a blogger for Rent the Runway and a news writing intern for USF College of Arts and Sciences. She loves writing about fashion, beauty, relationships, careers, education, and much more. Kelsey aspires to move to New York City after graduation to pursue a career at a national, monthly magazine. Kelsey is currently on a mission to empower girls and women everywhere! Follow Kelsey on Twitter and Instagram at @KelseyKayHoward and read her personal blog at http://www.kelseykayhoward.com. View her resume and portfolio at www.kelseykayhoward.info.
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