In her 36 years on this planet, pop princess Britney Spears has contributed much to mankind. She’s supplied us with key cultural highlights from the early aughts: Crossroads, metallic crop-tops, K-Fed … Without Britney Jean, how would we ever know the beauty of red carpet denim or red latex jumpsuits? Who else could have sung our go-to coming-of-age quote: “Not a girl, not yet a woman …”?
A post-Britney universe is quite frankly unthinkable. In fashion inspo alone, Spears has given us more than we could ever hope for from a single icon. And it’s not just us—other celebrities are constantly influenced by the “Toxic” singer. From glittering bodysuits to reptilian accessories, Britney has sparked the most incredible trends amongst members of the entertainment industry.
In honor of her birthday, we’ve collated the many moments in which Britney’s iconic outfits have paved the way for her showbiz peers.
THE RED LATEX BODYSUIT
We really didn’t think anyone but Britney could pull off a latex bodysuit, but Beyoncé left us pleasantly surprised.
THE NUDE BODYSUIT
You know you’re doing something right when J.Lo channels your look.
THE FISHNET + PASTIES LOOK
Both Britney and Miley Cyrus found comfort in sheer, pasty-centric ensembles.
The white column gown and fur stole
Kim Kardashian West looked amazing when she dared to channel a young Britney.
THE PYTHON SCARF
Reptile-wearing Britney is a role Kourtney Kardashian was born to play.
THE DENIM DRESS
Katy Perry reinvigorated Britney’s classic denim patchwork dress from the 2001 American Music Awards.
THE SCHOOLGIRL ENSEMBLE
Ariana Grande channeled her outer Britney in a crop top, knee-high socks, and ’90s-style plaid skirt à la “… Baby One More Time.”
RED CROP TOP AND HIGH-WAIST BOTTOMS
It worked for Britney back then, it works for Jessie J. right now.
THE LEATHER-ON-LEATHER LOOK
Rita Ora’s version may be a tad more modest than Ms. Spears’s take, but its foundation is clearly vintage Britney.
WHITE BOOTS, WHITE DRESS
We’re loving Elle Fanning’s classic update of Britney’s 2003 MTV VMAs look.
THE BLUE TUTU
This may be a bit of a stretch, but Lawrence’s Dior sweater-skirt combo gave off a some “Slumber Party” music video vibes.