"They're still gonna put pictures of my derriere in the magazine..."

Britney Spears is the cover girl for V Magazine's 100th issue. Why? Because only a Living Legend could.

“When looking for cover-worthy subjects for our 100th issue, we had to ask ourselves: Who do pop stars and musicians — who have become an integral part of what V represents — look up to and admire? There was only one answer: Britney….[W]ho in our world did not grow up listening to her music?" V editor Stephen Gan explains, featuring the unbelievably gorgeous covers of the upcoming double issue. (So fire hot — a twenty out of ten is an actual understatement.)

"Plus, she’s spent some time out of the ether, which makes her reappearance all the more fun and surprising. Mario Testino’s pictures say it all: she’s in great shape, and about to hit us with new music any day now.”

Translation? B9 is coming sooner rather than later, y'all.

UPDATE: The bass is getting big-gah. Check out more incredible shots from the V shoot, premiered during Entertainment Tonight. You better lift, bitch!

We've already got a few teaser quotes from the interview inside, courtesy of JustJared.

On her upcoming album: “Honestly, I’m just particular with this record. It’s my baby, and so I really want it done right. I would much rather have it be completely how I want it to be, whether that takes another year for me to do, or two months. I have no idea at this point. But I just know that the direction I’m going in is so good. It’s the best thing I’ve done in a long time. I’m proud of the work, and it’s very different; it’s not what you would think at all. But I’m not rushing anything. I just want it to be done right, so that my fans will truly appreciate it.”

On not being into technology: “Honestly, I still don’t use my computer. My kids use the computer more than I do! I understand that a lot of people are into it, and I have days where I write and stuff, but it’s really not for me. It’s not my thing.”

On haters: “Whoever is in the spotlight, people are really quick to judge. I mean, there are a lot of kids coming up who’ve experienced that. You know, Justin Bieber, he’s huge, and he experiences that. It’s just the way the world works, unfortunately. I’ve been doing this for 20 years. I kind of don’t pay attention to it. I have my relationship with God and myself and that’s what matters to me. I really don’t care what most people think.”

UPDATE: The full cover story is now available to read on V.

Writer John Norris penned the cover story for the centennial issue — her first cover for V Magazine since Spring 2011 (also shot by Testino), in which she declared "the bitch is back and better than ever."

The issue is out on March 8, and according to WWD, will include "a mini-retrospective" in the first volume of the magazine, featuring contributions from the likes of everyone from Mert & Marcus to Lady Gaga.

Pre-order the issue at V, where you can also stare at the three covers in glorious high quality. Mr. Photographer, I think she's ready for her close up.

If anyone needs me, I'll be shaking and crying outside of a Hudson News.

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