Pop beauty Britney Spears is happily embracing her new sexy image - because she's convinced there is nothing slutty about it.

The OOPS!...I DID IT AGAIN singer has come under fire in recent weeks after smooching Madonna at the MTV VMA AWARDS (28AUG03) and appearing live in a series of skimpy outfits.

But Britney is sure her new look is tasteful and attractive, rather than making her look like a "slut".

She says, "This is more sensual than sexual. I think when you're being sexual and really putting yourself out there, there's nothing really sacred anymore about it. It's mischievous, that's my interpretation of it.

"Sometimes you see a girl in a video and you think, 'God, she looks such a slut,' so you've got to make sure you're not too vulgar."

02/10/2003 17:13