Britney Spears' Rolling Stone Shoot Inspired By Stripped-Down Marilyn Monroe

In footage from Britney Spears' recent Rolling Stone photo shoot, the singer gets down in a sparkly gold bodysuit and platforms. She dances to songs like the Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps." It looks like the pop star is having a grand old time doing what she does best: being a pop star.

And the inspiration for the shoot was simple: stripped-down Marilyn Monroe — not glossy, sexy Marilyn Monroe. "We wanted her to be natural. Almost as a reference was Marilyn Monroe in the Actors Studio," Jodi Peckman, the magazine's director of photography, explained to MTV News. "We just let her under the beautiful light and let her be herself. We kept it simple."

The theme for the shoot, which accompanies a cover story on Britney's return, was no theme at all. Peckman wanted to show everyone the natural Spears. No costumes, no sets, no drama. "She's still a young girl, but she looks more mature. There's something about her. She's a mom now, and she's been through a lot, and maybe just her motherly aura comes through."

She added, "She's so great that she can do high-concept and stripped-down. She really gives it to the cameras. ... We just wanted to make her look like a beautiful woman."

Check out what else the RS director of photography had to say about Britney here.