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Britney Spears Or Infanta Margarita Of Spain?

Being Britney Spears means that you don't have to adhere to society's rules. You can drive with your baby on your lap. You can traipse around gas station bathrooms barefoot. You can take your tiny dogs anywhere. You can wear this. In public.

And be married to this. In public.

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And, of course, you can hire midgets to serve cake and dress up like Sonny Bono for your husband's birthday party in Las Vegas. What? Yes.

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Of course, people––especially people who are members of the Billy Barty Foundation and other groups for little people––

are going to get mad at you because of it. But they just don't understand. If the image above looks familiar, you're probably a student of Spanish painting (or, at least a high school student). Velasquez's 1656 painting Las Meninas depicts pretty much the same thing: a princess surrounded by her ladies-in-waiting, and her dwarves.

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See? No need to get mad, Billy Barty Foundation! Britney was just continuing in the tradition of the extremely wealthy throughout the ages, and hiring little people to amuse her. In fact, I can barely tell the difference between her and Infanta Margarita Of Spain. Now, if I could just figure out the artistic precedent to this.

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