Britney Spears’ 2001 VMAs performance

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

Spears took the stage in a rich green, cutout bra top with pink jewelry at the center and strap. With her stomach piercing on full display, she paired it with low-rise shorts accented with a bedazzled butterfly motif and jeweled detail at the waist. There are also multiple scarves tied around the waist in fitted bottoms that swing around the stage as the dancer dances. Her stage look was the work of famed costume designers Kurt and Bart, who also styled Spears’ flight-attendant uniform in the “Toxic” music video.

Spears finished off her look with a pair of bejeweled heeled boots and jeweled tattoos. That night, Spears inspired the audience not only with her voice, but with her performance skills. Who else can sing while expertly handling a snake?

Ahead of the 2022 VMAs, admire the details of Britney’s famous performance looks.

Additional reporting by Shelcy Joseph

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