Britney Spears’ 2001 VMAs look and performance will forever be iconic

Britney Spears made fashion and music history when she appeared in 2001 MTV Video Music Awards wearing a green bra and low rise embellished shorts. The singer was just 19 years old when she sang “I’m a Slave 4 U” in an ornate two-piece set while holding a 25-pound albino Burmese python. Almost 21 years later, that memory has not faded.

Spears took the stage in a rich green, bra top with cutout with pink jewels adorning the center and straps. Putting her belly piercing on full display, she paired it with low-rise shorts accented with a bedazzled butterfly motif and bejeweled details at the waist. The tight-fitting bottoms also had several scarves attached around the waist that swayed as she danced around the stage. Her stage look was the work of famed costume designers Kurt and Bart, who also styled Spears’ stewardess uniform in the “Toxic” music video.

Spears completed her look with a matching pair of bejeweled heeled boots and jeweled tattoos. That night, Spears energized the audience not only with her vocals, but also with her performance skills. Who else could manage to sing while deftly handling a snake?

Ahead of the 2022 VMAs, appreciate the details of Spears’ famous performance look.

Additional reporting by Shelcy Joseph

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