By now, Britney Spears’ “Slave 4 U” dance at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards is known as the most exotic moment in VMA history. Brit started the night locked in a cage with a real-life tiger, and after emerging, draped a live snake over her shoulders for her sexy, jungle-themed performance.
She wore a shredded green skirt and bejeweled bra top during the iconic performance, but during rehearsals, Spears toned it down… a little.
Wearing a revealing white tank and fearlessly carrying the iconic albino snake, the singer, sans her blond extensions, rehearsed her “Slave 4 U” VMA performance at New York City’s Lincoln Center in 2001. You’re probably like “yeah, I love Britney, and I KNOW WHAT HER PERFORMANCE LOOKED LIKE.” But check out these rarely seen photos from her rehearsal:
And here’s Britney, in a barely there crop top arriving at her VMA rehearsal.
You probably already know how the performance turned out (check out the photos below for a refresher on the legendary Britney VMA moment) — to date, it may just be the snakiest VMA performance ever. Unless Nicki Minaj becomes the “Anaconda” queen on Sunday, when she performs at the 2014 VMAs at 9 p.m. ET/PT.