Britney Spears thought she was doing fans a favor by posting a bikini photo from her recent vacation. Instead, she touched off a social media storm over claims the photo was digitally altered to slim her body. But she effectively shut up critics by posting a hot new selfie.
Whoever said one picture is worth a thousand words got that right.
Britney, 34, shot the photo of her reflection in a mirror. She was wearing a pair of Daisy Duke cut-off jean shorts and a pink shirt unbuttoned to reveal her stomach and a pink bra.
It was clear there was little, if any difference, between the selfie and a photo of her lying on her back next to a pool in a skimpy bikini. That photo led to widespread criticism that it had been altered to make her look even slimmer.
Still, not all critics were quelled. One wrote that the selfie photo had been “stretched” to make her seem thinner through the middle.
The bikini, photo posted in March, came under suspicion because it is difficult to see the edge of the pool beneath the arch in her back.
Of course, critics aren’t without grounds for suspicion.
Back in 2011, Spears was on the verge of launching her “Femme Fatale Tour,” and reportedly weighed a hefty 155 pounds. The extra weight showed in music videos at the time.
In those clips, she looked tentative, wobbly and confused; her arms at times flailed, and she looked like she’d eaten one too many cheeseburgers.
Brit admits she has a weakness for sweets, but follows a low-carb diet and usually runs on the treadmill or an elliptical trainer at home to keep her legs, mid-section and butt tight, according to Celebrity Health & Fitness, which tracks star diet and exercise secrets.
She’s been vacationing in Hawaii with her two sons and has been posting photos and videos from the trip on Instagram for her fan. The photos left no doubt that she is in the best shape of her life.
Spears posed in a tiny turquoise bikini that spotlighted her body, which is definitely superfit.
Spears has no choice but to stay on top of her game because of her residency in Las Vegas, where she sings and dances. She’s on a break, but will be back at it in June for another four-month run.
Check out her photos and the video below and draw your own conclusions. Let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest celebrity news.