At a mere 31-years-old Britney Spears‘ career has risen, fallen, and skyrocketed again. As a world renowned pop star and mother of two, she is on top of the world in more ways than one. But in usual Britney fashion her December Lucky magazine cover has been stirring up a bit of controversy. Fans took to Twitter complaining that the X-Factor judge looks heavily photoshopped and is sporting a bad wig. Regarding the wig, we must agree– it’s much more hair than we’re used to seeing on Britney and that hairline is near her eyebrows! Now as for the alleged photoshop, uh… what’s new? Celebrities are airbrushed regularly in print ads and magazine spreads and though it’s misleading and unrealistic, it certainly isn’t a new practice. Since the backlash Lucky tweeted an ambiguous message to fans, steering clear of whether or not the images were in fact edited (duh) stating, “Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on our cover! As always, we will share with our team and we’re sorry to have let some of you down.”
Take a look at the spread, along with quotes from the article where Britney dishes on Demi Lovato and how she balances motherhood and a career.
On what fashion pieces she’s into: ““Big, stupid earrings, like with loops and feathers.”
On who’s the meaner X-Factor judge: “I actually think Demi is a little harsher than me.”
On the best part of being a celebrity: “I get, like, these giant boxes of lip gloss and nail polish, and it’s like candy.” - “I really just wear mascara all the time. And powder, because I have zits.”
“I think most people are their own worst critics. I’m a perfectionist. I want things done a certain way. I am hard on myself but not regretful.”
“I work out. I swim. I play with the kids, I cook and I garden. We play Connect Four. We play Candy Land. Last night we read The Night Pirates.”
As a product of childhood Disney stardom, Selena Gomez has literally grown up right before our eyes. Now 20 years-old, the youngest-ever UNICEF ambassador, and girlfriend to the most famous heartthrob in the world, it’s fair to say that she has bypassed the teeny bopper stage, onto a blossoming career. In the old-Hollywood style December Glamour magazine spread, Selena seems hell bent on proving that point, wearing a bold red lip and oozing sexy confidence. The days of Wizards of Waverly Place are over! Though gorgeous, with that young, round face we think the “I’m a grown up” stance may be a tougher sell than expected.
Check out a sneak peek along with Selena’s thoughts in stardom, her upbringing, and how she keeps in touch with Taylor Swift.
On Justin Bieber’s fans: “I would never, ever want to disrespect them. You know, I get it: I was obsessed with Jesse McCartney growing up! He was my world. My high school crush. So I respect it, and if anything, I admire it.”
On her experiences as a UNICEF ambassador: “If you think how we live our lives here, we need so much to keep us entertained, and we expect so much. And these kids want an education so badly. I mean, I hated homework, and they want it; it’s amazing.” – “I also participated in the Global Poverty Project’s Live Below the Line campaign, where I lived on $1.50 a day for a week—such a cool experience.”
“It’s because of [my mom] that I can do things on my own. I like being professional. I like showing up on time. I like being good to people, and I know that I’m reflecting her at the end of the day.”
“I grew up in one of the biggest high schools in the world, and that’s the Disney Channel. Everybody was falling in love with each other or not liking each other, and it was exhausting…and I was the shy one in the corner. And now I’m so opinionated, and I don’t have time for the cattiness. I have good people around me, and I’m glad I’m at the place I’m in. I wish I was there back then.”
“I actually did talk to Taylor last week, and we were like, “I don’t even remember the last time I saw you,” which is really unfortunate. But if it gets too dire, I fly to Taylor or I fly home or I fly to Justin.”
Read both full interviews in Lucky and Glamour magazines hitting newsstands soon.