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I Tried To Be Britney Spears On Instagram

It's harder than it looks.

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Britney Spears has been getting attention recently for the unexpected and sometimes unusual things she posts on Instagram.

For instance, this picture saying she wants to meet Albert Einstein in heaven.
Instagram: @britneyspears

For instance, this picture saying she wants to meet Albert Einstein in heaven.

Sometimes it's a sad fairy, other times it's surrealist art, often with no caption at all.

Britney Spears has, quite possibly, the most earnest celebrity Instagram account there is. And because I'm a big fan of both hers and earnestness, I wanted to see if I could capture the magic on my own Instagram.

So, I tried to recreate as many classic Britney Instagram moments as I could.

How hard could it be?

Here are some photos/strategies you can replicate if you, too, want to Instagram like Britney Spears.

Laugh in a carefree manner while wearing a hat.

Britney's likes: 194,000My likes: 15
Instagram: @britneyspears / Instagram: @jbornz

Britney's likes: 194,000

My likes: 15

Pose in a hat with your sons.

I don't have any sons so I had to improvise.Britney's likes: 187,000My likes: 12
Instagram: @britneyspears / Instagram: @jbornz

I don't have any sons so I had to improvise.

Britney's likes: 187,000

My likes: 12

Hold a slightly out of focus inspirational mug.

This was maybe the only one I got exactly right.Britney's likes: 54,300My likes: 9
Instagram: @britneyspears / Instagram: @jbornz

This was maybe the only one I got exactly right.

Britney's likes: 54,300

My likes: 9

Enjoy some shredded cheese.

Britney's likes: 102,000My likes: 6
Instagram: @britneyspears / Instagram: @jbornz

Britney's likes: 102,000

My likes: 6

Evoke mystical fairy imagery.

I feel like mine was better because of the goldfish, but whatever.Britney's likes: 56,800My likes: 4
Instagram: @britneyspears / Instagram: @jbornz / Thinkstock

I feel like mine was better because of the goldfish, but whatever.

Britney's likes: 56,800

My likes: 4

Feature your latest fragrance.

My latest signature fragrance is a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol, which is maybe a little edgier than Britney's. She really makes posing with a little bottle look effortless. I had to try about ten times to even come close to looking like a normal person while doing this.Britney's likes: 136,000My likes: 8
Instagram: @britneyspears / Instagram: @jbornz

My latest signature fragrance is a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol, which is maybe a little edgier than Britney's. She really makes posing with a little bottle look effortless. I had to try about ten times to even come close to looking like a normal person while doing this.

Britney's likes: 136,000

My likes: 8

And one of Britney's main staples: inspirational quotes.

I googled "Inspirational quotes for empowered women."Britney's likes: 77,400My likes: 3
Instagram: @britneyspears / Instagram: @jbornz

I googled "Inspirational quotes for empowered women."

Britney's likes: 77,400

My likes: 3

Post skillful yoga poses.

I clearly don't know how to yoga, but I gave it my best effort. Well, I gave an effort.Britney's likes: 144,000My likes: 14
Instagram: @britneyspears / Instagram: @jbornz

I clearly don't know how to yoga, but I gave it my best effort. Well, I gave an effort.

Britney's likes: 144,000

My likes: 14

Post an image that embodies the spirit of magic inside us all.

Honestly, I was just browsing stock photos for things I thought Britney would post. I didn't even realize she had posted an almost identical image already. My mind was clearly in the Britney headspace.Britney's likes: 54,200My likes: 4
Instagram: @britneyspears / Instagram: @jbornz / Thinkstock

Honestly, I was just browsing stock photos for things I thought Britney would post. I didn't even realize she had posted an almost identical image already. My mind was clearly in the Britney headspace.

Britney's likes: 54,200

My likes: 4

One of the most difficult challenges for me was mimicking the videos of Britney dancing.

Instagram: @britneyspears

Britney's likes: 119,000

But I feel like I came very, very close to looking like a professional and iconic dancer.

Instagram: @jbornz

My likes: 16

For the grand finale: post a stock photo of grilled corn.

Britney's likes: 70,500My likes: 11
Instagram: @britneyspears / Instagram: @jbornz / Thinkstock

Britney's likes: 70,500

My likes: 11

Being Britney

I was a fool to think I could be anything like Britney Spears. It was hard. Impossible, actually — even with the out-of-focus shots and inspirational quotes.

My friends, after a few days of this behavior, sheepishly asked me if I was trying to make my Instagram bad on purpose. I was like, "Haha, no it's OK. I AM doing things differently. Thanks for noticing."

However, trying to mimic Britney's Insta made me appreciate her status as an icon even more. She can post things that your aunt would post on Facebook and it doesn't matter because she's Britney, bitch. She clearly posts whatever the hell she wants whenever she feels like it. Most of us try to carefully curate our feeds to look cool, but NOT like we're trying too hard. She just posts literally whatever. Being successful enough to post a sad butterfly fairy without people questioning it is what it's all about. I can only hope to be more like her in time.

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