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Mert & Marcus Exhibition in London, 27 oktober 2016

Op donderdag 27 oktober 2016 was Madonna aanwezig bij een tentoonstelling van Mert & Marcus in London.

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Nieuwe foto's: Madonna for Versace 2015

Madonna is wederom het gezicht van de (voorjaars)collectie 2015 van Versace. Dit was zij eerder in 1995 en 2005. Ditmaal zijn de foto's genomen door Mert & Marcus die ook verantwoordelijk zijn voor de foto's van MDNA en Interview magazine.

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Madonna stars in new Versace ad campaign

Perched on the edge of her chair, fixing the camera with a smoldering gaze, she looks feral, poised for the kill.

She is Madonna, enshrined in a new advertising campaign showcasing Donatella Versace’s spring/summer 2015 collection. Lean and faintly menacing, she appears, at least in the lens of the fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the image of candid aggression.

She is that and more, said Ms. Versace, whose latest print collaboration with the star (a 12-page portfolio set to break next spring in magazines including Vanity Fair and the American, French and Italian editions of Vogue) is but the latest expression of a running theme.

“Madonna says it best herself: She is unapologetic,” Ms. Versace said the other day. “She is her own woman, a role model who shows other women how we can do what we want, and get what we want, and do so for all of our lives, with no compromise.”

In the new ads, Madonna appears to have obligingly followed the path of past Versace mannequins, among them Amber Valletta, Christina Aguilera and, perhaps most vividly, Lady Gaga, each with a taut frame and a curtain of center-parted silver blond hair — an evident homage to the slight but sinewy, willfully showy Ms. Versace.

Few played the part as persuasively as Lady Gaga. Bandaged in lavender chiffon, and wearing a lacquered perma-tan, she posed this year for the Versace spring/summer 2014 campaign as an idealized Donatella, a way perhaps of returning the designer’s fanlike admiration.

Ms. Versace, after all, had dressed the singer for the “Edge of Glory” video and her “Born This Way” tour. And last year, Lady Gaga returned the compliment with “Donatella,” a single on her “Artpop” album, in which she croons: “She’s so thin. She’s so rich and so blond. She's so fab, it’s beyond … .”

She could as easily have been describing Madonna, on whom she has arguably modeled her career. Yet Madonna’s latest star turn (which also includes an appearance on the cover of the current issue of Interview) raises questions of her own relevance to a generation of luxury shoppers perhaps more attuned to the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna or, for that matter, Taylor Swift.

Yet in some views, Madonna is as timely as ever. “Once you hit that icon status, it’s not a matter of relevance,” said Lisa Mirchin, an advertising consultant. “Is Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn relevant? I think so.”

Ms. Mirchin, the founder of GlamBrand, an agency specializing in fashion and beauty, said: “Madonna is ageless, and so is most fashion. Women are dressing as one age now. The range can go from 20 to whatever nature and physics will allow.”

More than ageless, fashion remains, for all its lip service to innovation, a resolutely conservative industry. Paraphrasing a theory advanced by Tina Brown during her tenure as the editor of Vanity Fair, Vanessa Friedman, the fashion director of The New York Times, wrote in a column in August that the moment to feature a celebrity subject is “just after peak: just after that person became famous enough to be immediately recognizable by the general audience.”

The reality, Ms. Friedman wrote, is that “fashion likes to do what it knows works, which is to say: sells. Or at least what has been proven to work before.”

Having shared a history with the designer, Madonna fills the bill. Ms. Versace first cast the star in a 1995 campaign, Steven Meisel capturing Her Ladyship in a black-and-white photograph that shows her dining face-to-maw with a large dog.

A decade later, Mario Testino portrayed the pop idol in a 1960s Palm Springs-like setting, tricked out in what a well-meaning socialite might take for business attire. Wearing a giddily patterned shirt and immaculately tailored skirt, she distractedly set about typing and sorting her mail.

And now, the mutable performer, who has incorporated fashion, and often Versace, into a canny performance art, appears as a sexual predator, dressed in a formfitting black leather dress and matching laser-cut Palazzo bag. “It is Versace,” the designer said, “but with a fresh and powerful new air and attitude.”

Still, the more things change.

“When Madonna asked me on set, ‘Which character do you want me to play?’ ” Ms. Versace recalled, “I answered, ‘I want you to be Madonna and yourself.’ And she laughed at me.”

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Madonna's topless photos are a triumph for all women - whatever their age

Madonna, the 'Queen of Pop', has posed topless for a fashion magazine at - shock, horror - the age of 56. Claire Cohen applauds her decision and explains why it's a truly powerful statement for all women

First came Keira Knightley’s breasts. Then Kim Kardashian’s bottom. And now? Madonna’s nipples.

There’s no denying it. The last few weeks have seen the cup of celebrity naked flesh runneth over. And I’m not even talking about that jungle reality show.

Today, it emerged that the ‘Queen of Pop’ has posed, topless, for a spread in the December issue of Interview magazine. Wearing a bustier and leather glove, she reclines on a satin cushion, her hand to her forehead, her boobs bared.

It’s styled as a romantic image – very different to the black and white Knightley shot (which appeared in the same publication back in September), where she stared confidently down the camera, hands on hips.

At the time, I wrote a piece defending Knightley’s right to be photographed topless. It was, I said, a feminist statement from a woman who’d been roundly criticised for having her modest cleavage digitally enhanced on film posters. Here she was, in all her natural glory. Hur-rah.

Her detractors didn’t agree. Who, they cried, wanted to see the actresses ‘fried eggs’? Some, unkind, commentators referred to her appearance in the Pirates of the Caribbean film ‘Dead Man’s Chest’.

Now, just weeks later, Madonna is under fire for committing the same offence.

How dare she? At 56, no less. I’d wager you won’t see a report today that doesn’t mention her age alongside her cup size.

‘Still got it!’ a few have already trilled.

Groan. They’ve utterly missed the point.

Madonna’s decision to pose topless has nothing to do with showing-off her wrinkle-free cleavage – nor male titillation. That she’s an older woman is powerful, yes. But, to me, it seems pretty clear that this is far from a pop star trying to prove that she’s ‘still hot’ in her fifties.

Madonna’s age is just a convenient stick to beat her with. It’s an easy reason for critics to cry ‘put ‘em away’ without, on the surface, seeming sexist.

Because there’s always something, isn’t there? Always a reason that a woman’s body isn’t deemed ‘suitable’. Breasts too small a la Knightley? No thanks. A middle-aged pop star? What the hell was she thinking?

Of course, Madonna is no stranger to nudity. Frankly, she’s been taking her clothes off for decades. Her decision to pose for Interview is, then, perhaps less surprising than Knightley’s. But it’s no less powerful a statement. Here is a woman still at the top of her industry, after almost 40 years. She’s weathered numerous musical trends and managed to stay relevant. Why shouldn’t she pose with her breasts exposed?

After all, she pretty much started it.

Indeed, just a couple of weeks ago, Madonna posted a censored topless picture of herself from the Nineties, in response to the images of Kim Kardashian’s oiled, nude backside in Paper magazine.

‘It’s confusing,’ she wrote. ‘Nipples are considered forbidden and provocative but exposing your ass is not. #flummoxed’ (sic).

Here is a clear indication that Madonna knew her latest photo shoot would shock. Let’s face it, she’s saying, topless pictures of famous women always have.

We might be used to seeing pictures of seeing flat chested models in fashion magazines (think Kate Moss on the beach, or backstage at a catwalk show).

But a model’s body is a commodity – it's the vehicle she’s using to sell products. For stars such as Madonna and Knightly, it’s different. They are selling their own image, not someone elses. Choosing to bear their breasts is a feminist statement, not a requirement. They are saying: ‘Here I am. Take me, or leave me’.

Of course, Madonna and Knightley both have exceptional body types compared to us mere mortals. But, the fact remains. When it all gets too ‘real', we simply can’t handle it.

There’s undeniably an element of desire wrapped-up in all this. Knightley was criticised for being ‘unfeminine’. Small boobs aren’t traditionally seen as covetable. Neither are those of an older woman.

So, isn’t it a blessing that we have these strong, famous women brave enough to turn unrealistic thinking on its head and show us that the female body comes in many forms?

Madonna is flying in the face of what the naked woman ‘should’ look like. She’s controlling her own image, just as she’s always done. Her attitude? Just because she’s in her fifties, why should she hide away?

The sugary pink cardigan that exposes her breasts in the Interview picture, says it all. ‘I’m not ready to button-up like a little old lady. Thanks all the same’.

We all should applaud her (preferably while wearing cut-off PVC gloves) for it.

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Nieuwe foto's voor 'Interview' magazine

Binnenkort verschijnt de nieuwe editie van het Amerikaanse tijdschrift 'Interview' met Madonna op de cover.

Er verschijnen 3 verschillende covers die geschoten zijn door fotografen duo Mert & Marcus. Mert Alas plaatste de 3 covers vanmorgen op zijn Instagram account.

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NSFW: Madonna flaunts nipples in 'Interview' magazine

Taylor Swift recently told Time magazine that one of the most horrifying things she can imagine is a future grandchild finding a photo of a younger Swift and asking, "Grandma, is that your nipple?"

That's clearly never been a concern for Madonna. She's gone full-frontal numerous times over the years, and even with two teenage kids, she's not putting the material mammaries away any time soon.

For example, she recently donned a variety of guises for Interview magazine. One shot finds her in flesh-toned lipstick and bleached eyebrows (she almost looks like Cate Blanchett), while another puts her in a metal facemask reminiscent of a photo shoot she did for W magazine in 2003.

But the most memorable image is just a bit NSFW. Because, you know, you can see her nipples.

She's not technically topless -- there's a sweater over her shoulders -- but suffice it to say, it's more of Madonna than we've seen in a while. Seems like she's excited for that 2015 album! Check out the full photo shoot here and the cover below.

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'I tried everything once': Madonna speaks candidly about drug experimentation... as she poses topless at 56 for edgy photo shoot

She's never been one to shy away from a candid interview or photo shoot.

And Madonna has stayed true to form with her latest chat and revealing set of editorial images in Interview magazine.

The 56-year-old pop icon has yet again crossed boundaries in the issue, with one of the more risqué shots fully showing her bare breasts.

The striking images, taken for the publication by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, show the singer contorting her body into various positions in boudoir-style underwear, basques and other sexually suggestive garments by Alexander McQueen.

Speaking to interviewer David Blaine for the magazine's 'Art issue', the outspoken star discussed her views on drug use, admitting that it's often a spiritual thing for people.

'It's about how people take drugs to connect to God or to a higher level of consciousness,' she said.

'I keep saying 'Plugging into the matrix.' If you get high, you can do that, which is why a lot of people drop acid or do drugs, because they want to get closer to God.

'But there's going to be a short circuit, and that's the illusion of drugs, because they give you the illusion of getting closer to God, but ultimately they kill you.'

She added that she herself had dabbled over the years: 'I mean, I tried everything once, but as soon as I was high, I spent my time drinking tons of water to get it out of my system.

'As soon as I was high, I was obsessed with flushing it out of me. I was like, Okay, I'm done now.'

Madonna also told her famous interviewer about her deep connections to the concept of mortality.

Her honest admissions coincide with the high-end photo shoot, which portray Madonna as a provocative woman, at one with her body and sexuality.

And it's not the first time she's proudly displayed her figure: the Like A Virgin hitmaker has allowed herself to be photographed topless - and even in the nude - before.

Madonna famously posed for several nude photos for Herman Kulkens back in 1977 at the age of 18, and the images later were at the centre of a legal battle in 1985 when both Penthouse and Playboy attempted to print them

She also posed naked for three photographers between 1978 and 1980.

And of course there was her famous coffee table book entitled Sex, which saw her reveal herself fully in the tome which was released alongside her raunchily-titled album Erotica in 1992.

She's no stranger to revealing herself, and certainly looks youthful in the images, with her blonde locks coiffed into a retro 1940s housewife style, juxtaposing with the provocative nature of the styling.

Madonna recently hit the news for her visit to Malawi along with her adopted children Mercy James and David Banda during which she was appointed Malawi’s Goodwill Ambassador for Child Welfare.

But as well as her philanthropic ways, she's still at her core an artist, and discussed her feelings on being creative and also learning to fail.

She told Blaine: 'I'm not saying I'm great at failing, but if you're an artist and you're in the learning process, you accept that you're going to suck at things.

'We're all good intrinsically, just covered sometimes in filth and darkness, and our job is to get rid of it, to peel back the layers and reveal our goodness.'

As a woman who has been heavily focused on her career for the past three decades plus, she was asked what the most important profession is, in the world.

'Prostitution, of course,' she revealed.

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