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Text Anders Christian Madsen Photography Scott Trindle Styling Elgar Johnson Selena’s hair and make-up Lisa Laudat at Frank Agency using L’Oréal Paris and Nars Additional hair Mari Ohashi using TIGI Bed Head Additional make-up Laura Barrow using M.A.C Cosmetics Nail technician Lucy Tuckers at Lovely Management using Nails Inc Photography assistance Mark Simpson, Richard Pilnick, Philip Banks Digital operator Neil Pemberton Styling assistance Bojana Kozarevic, Warren Leech Casting Elgar Johnson Production Annabel White at Rosco Productions. Pandora Graessl at Management Artists Production assistance Zoë Vintilescu Models Anthony at The Eye. Amy and Chris at Anti-Agency. Otis at Select. Ruby at D1.

Selena wears jumper Margaret Howell.

When Britney Spears first emerged in her high school uniform circa 1999 and

Britney’s legendary meltdown was part of a learning curve for her more famous

belted her way into the hearts of the world with her all-American messages of

fans, a sort of How Not To for child stars who suddenly find themselves all

virtue and teen power, a seven-year-old girl from Texas was watching her every

grown up. Selena Gomez, for one, paid close attention and now at 21 she’s

move. “The ...Baby One More Time concert was amazing. I sat all the way up in

seemingly well balanced in her celebrity. Her break with the cutesy Disney

the nosebleeds and I could barely see her, but I remember it being the best day

image that catapulted her into global stardom has been as smooth as Britney’s

of my life,” Selena Gomez reminisces. “I had my hair in a ponytail and I knew

was rocky. In the course of a year, she has gone from voicing the animated

all the words to the songs. I’ll always remember it.” The icon of the post-Janet

family comedy Hotel Transylvania to starring in Harmony Korine’s guns-and-

“I was actually really shy as a child. My first audition did not go well. It was in front of a bunch of suits at Disney and I definitely thought I blew it.”

Jackson generation, Britney paved the way for an era of tiny Disney superstars

nudity spectacle Spring Breakers, and from singing about PG-13 crushes to


whose images would become even more protected than that of their precursor.

seductively cooing, “When you’re ready come and get it” on her debut solo

But like Janet before her, the gilded birdcage became too much for Britney,

album Stars Dance. On the phone from her home in LA, she’s musing about her

who decided to take control and, well, lose control all at once.

i-D cover shoot, a kind of manifesto of her transformation.



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