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Britney Spears reveals why having bangs was important for her self-esteem

It had something to do with feeling like an ‘ugly duckling’. Also: The pop star marked the 20th anniversary of her hit album Oops!...I Did It Again over the weekend.

Britney Spears reveals why having bangs was important for her self-esteem

Bangs are important to "ugly duckling" Britney Spears. (Photo: Instagram/Britney Spears)

Britney Spears has come out to say something very important – about her bangs.

The pop star recently dedicated an entire Instagram post expounding the virtues of having these. “I know I need bangs!!!!! Who would have thought bangs could make you look waaaaay younger?!?!” she wrote.

But before you think it’s all rather flippant, there’s a rather poignant reason behind it all – it had to do with her self-esteem.

“I stopped having bangs in the 3rd grade and I remember it like it was yesterday …. It was such a big deal to expose my forehead,” she explained further.

“Only pretty people in the south could do that and I never felt pretty enough to pull it off. All the beauty pageant girls did it but I never felt beauty pageants were my thing … I had bad teeth and felt like an ugly duckling.”

She also shared that she met with a modelling agency and tried styling her hair without bangs, and even though it was “bad”, Spears said she “thought I looked gorgeous”.

For Spears, her bangs were more than just a hairstyle. “People choose different ways to protect themselves …. When I pull my bangs in front of my head I feel like I'm protected … almost like I'm in 3rd grade again!!!” she said.

Over the weekend, Spears also celebrated the 20th anniversary of her album Oops!...I Did It Again, sharing a clip of her younger self during a promotion for the album.

“20 years since the Oops! Album …. The anticipation and the butter flies I felt before it came out were crazy,” she wrote. “All of my expectations were exceeded!!!! And it’s all thanks to you folks …. Thank you for sticking with me and growing with me. I am one lucky girl.”

Source: CNA/mm