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She's sexy and 17, and the way she growls, "Oh, baby, baby" seems very grown-up -- but pop's reigning queen is first and foremost a nice Southern girl (no matter what conclusions you jumped to after seeing her revealing Rolling Stone cover). "People come to my house," says the Louisiana-born Britney, "they're like, 'Lord!' 'Cause when I'm at home, the last thing I want to do is put a lick of makeup on." The next-to-last thing she'd do is prance around in the alluring wardrobe from her hot "...Baby One More Time" video. "I'm totally a bum," admits the former Mouseketeer -- a bum who reached No. 1 on the Billboard album and singles charts simultaneously, the first solo act ever to accomplish that with a debut. Next, Britney will revisit her TV roots by guesting on three Dawson's Creek episodes, to air in the fall. "I've been working a really long time for this," she says of stardom. "I've hoped and dreamed that all of this would come to reality." Mission accomplished.
Britney came to the shoot on crutches following an onstage accident, but she's no wimp here.