We're always pleased to see Britney Spears upright and making eye contact with folks. Makes us hopeful for the future of every pop star who once shaved her head and attacked paparazzi with an umbrella.
But lo, what's this? An added bonus: seeing Britney looking fierce in a leather Versace dress on the cover of Elle.
We're not crazy about the magazine stylist's choice of accessories—who needs stacks of green bracelets when you've got a dress that's already been bedazzled by a nail gun?—but we do dig the other looks Brit-Brit sports inside the issue.
One snap showcases the X Factor judge's serious gams with a pair of crystal-embellished bloomers by The Blonds. And in an intimate shot with fiance Jason Trawick (who, by the way, spills to the mag that Brit made the first move in their relaysh), we spy a lovely tiered gown by Just Cavalli and a set of decent suede boots by—not a misprint—Kanye West.
"I love my jeans and my sweats," Brit dishes in to the mag. "I'm really just a tomboy at heart. So it's really hard for me to be like Kim Kardashian and be makeup- and hair-ready every time I go out of my house."
The issue debuts on newsstands Sept. 18.