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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Britney Spears

Photographed by Herb Ritts, Vogue, November 2001

It was 18 years ago that Britney Spears first shimmied her way down the halls of high school while singing about the boy who broke her heart. Since then, she’s been an outer space bombshell in a skintight red PVC catsuit, a belly-shaking temptress with a snake, and a bride who made out with Madonna. To kick off her latest comeback, the singer, who celebrated her 35th birthday this week, released a new single, called “Slumber Party.” In honor of the occasion, here are five things you may not have known about the reigning pop princess.

1. Spears came up with the Catholic schoolgirl uniform concept for her “Baby One More Time” music video. The original plan was a cartoonlike setting with Spears dressed in jeans and a T-shirt. “They had this really bizarre video idea, this animated Power Ranger–y thing,” Spears later said. It reached the storyboard stage…

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