16 Jan “I’ll stop doing everything that I do when I don’t want to do it anymore” Madonna Addresses Sexism As She Is Spotlighted On The Cover of Harper’s Bazaar
Risqué as ever . Pop Icon Madonna is spotlighted for Harper’s Bazaar’s February 2017 issue . Shot by fashion photography duo Luigi & Lango, the 58 year-old star poses in a vault’s-worth of vintage jewellery, plus capes by Gucci and Dior, with custom lingerie by La Perla, Stella McCartney and Agent Provocateur . Her showgirl look was crafted by Arianne Phillips- the costume designer and personal stylist who has helped Madonna to recreate her look countless times over the years- with set curls coiffed by Andy LeCompte.
“I’m political. I believe in freedom of expression, I don’t believe in censorship. I believe in equal rights for all people. And I believe women should own their sexuality and sexual expression.” the pop icon said addressing her works as political and also discerning sexism in the accompanying interview . “I don’t believe there’s a certain age where you can’t say and feel and be who you want to be. All you have to do is look at my career—from my Sex book to the songs I’ve written, kissing a black saint in my “Like a Prayer” video, the themes I explored on my Erotica album. As I get older and I get better at writing and expressing myself, then you get into my American Life era, and I start talking about politics and government and how fucked our country’s politics are, and the illusion of fame and Hollywood and the beautiful people.”
Unrelentingly, the fashion icon continues “Does somebody ask Steven Spielberg why he’s still making movies? Hasn’t he had enough success? Hasn’t he made enough money? Hasn’t he made a name for himself? Did somebody go to Pablo Picasso and say, “Okay, you’re 80 years old. Haven’t you painted enough paintings?” No. I’m so tired of that question. I just don’t understand it. I’ll stop doing everything that I do when I don’t want to do it anymore. I’ll stop when I run out of ideas. I’ll stop when you fucking kill me. How about that?”
Madonna also talks her art and her tenets “I think it depends on what I’m making. I like pushing the envelope. But I don’t like to do it just for the sake of doing it. I don’t like to be provocative for the sake of being provocative. I like to be provocative. I like to make people think. I like to touch people’s hearts. And if I can do all three of those things in one fell swoop, then I feel like I’ve really accomplished something.
Criticism is not beyond this icon. MAdonna remarks on the criticism she has received ever since encountering fame “I’ve always felt oppressed. I know a lot of people would go, ‘Oh, that’s ridiculous for you to say that. You’re a successful white, wealthy pop star,’ but I’ve had the shit kicked out of me for my entire career, and a large part of that is because I’m female and also because I refuse to live a conventional life. I’ve created a very unconventional family. I have lovers who are three decades younger than me. This makes people very uncomfortable. I feel like everything I do makes people feel really uncomfortable. Why does this book appeal to me? Why did I want to adapt it into a screenplay? Because it touches me on so many levels and it deals with so many important topics. Right now, more than ever, it’s an extremely timely story to tell.”
Images : Harper’s Bazaar
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