Britney Spears plays cover girl, ponders Kim Kardashian

Britney Spears is a cover girl once more.

With the interminable ramp-up to her gig as an “X Factor” judge, and slow recovery in her music career thanks to a lucid performance on her latest record “Femme Fatal,” Spears seems to have returned to form.

Her first order of business? Kim Kardashian.

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“I love my jeans and my sweats. I’m really just a tomboy at heart. So it’s really hard for me to be like Kim Kardashian,” she told Elle magazine of her current style aesthetic.

To have her “makeup and hair ready every time I go out of my house. I’m not a believer in that, you know? On the other hand, when you do wear those sweats, you’re like, ‘Oh God, I should step it up a notch.’”

Step it up she does in the fashion spread, where body-hugging looks like a studded Versace dress show that Britney’s back in fighting shape.

She’s also lucky in love, pictured above with manager and fiance Jason Trawick. And where scrutiny used to inspire shaved-head antics, Spears is in a much more accepting place.

“I guess I’ve been under the microscope so long that I don’t even pay attention to the nonsense anymore. I gave up getting upset about things people make up about me a long time ago,” she said.

“X Factor,” which sees Spears as a talent judge alongside Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato, premieres Wednesday.


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