88 Britney Spears Snaps That Will Really Take You Back
Before she became a pop phenomenon, Britney Spears was just a fresh-faced teen from Louisiana with huge hopes and dreams — and these previously unseen pictures prove that Britney was destined to be a star. In the photos, which were shot in 1995 by fashion photographer David Baren, 13-year-old Britney posed in a variety of cute ensembles — including a truly '90s-era denim vest and ripped jeans — and showed off her now-famous dance moves in an abandoned warehouse. One look consisted of a schoolgirl skirt and tied-up tee, giving a nod to the outfit that would catapult her career just five years later. Alycia Lerer, the artist development manager who worked with Britney in the early '90s, spoke out about helping her style the look on the set that day, saying, "It's a good sign because it means I did something right with my styling of her! The whole photo shoot was absolutely the inspiration to her music video."
Lerer also reflected on the first time she met the young singer, saying, "She was a very sweet girl and very innocent but still very much on the ball. She was a good kid." She went on to reveal that when she'd be talking business with Britney's mom, Lynne, "Britney would be singing or dancing," adding, "Brit was very involved in her own styling too, and was aware of what she did and didn't like, even at 13." She went on to describe Britney's singing voice, saying, "She had the voice of an angel. She sang a Whitney Houston track, 'The Greatest Love of All,' and blew me away. I had tears in my eyes." Keep reading for the adorable photos of a post-Mickey Mouse Club, pre-. . . Baby One More Time Britney, and check out more incredible throwback photos of her and then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.