Madonna’s Very Best Poses

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The original “bad gal” and a pioneer of the first-name-only musician movement is turning 55 tomorrow: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MADONNA! While today we know her as the eccentric humanitarian, frequent tabloid staple, continuous producer of radio hits, and mother of four, let us not forget that once upon a virgin she was a pop icon responsible for the proliferation of the cone bra, rubber bracelets, and suggestive white lace ensembles. Her style, carefully curated at first by Maripol, has since been mimicked ad nauseum, and not just at theme dances or Halloween parties. Capitalizing on her religiously affiliated name, she made bold crosses a symbol of subversive style rather than Christian dedication. Since 1984, Madonna has been setting fashion and musical standards and, unlike many of her peers, has managed to maintain her relevance, even earning the first (of few) specially themed Glee episodes.

Whether she was on the arm of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sean Penn, Guy Ritchie, A-Rod, or Jesus Luz (you can’t script that—Madonna dating Jesus? If only we could have heard the screams of joy at the New York Post offices...), the woman was, and still is, a sex icon. In honor of her 55th birthday, may we present 55 photos of her finest early moments. "Life is a mystery…"

 

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  • Josef Šlaich

    My icon, idol and role model. I ADORE M!!! LONG LIVE THE QUEEN! XXJS

  • Janine

    ITG, you're reading my mind again! July 27 was the 30th anniversary of the release of Madonna's first album. But you didn't post what I think is the best photo of her. Ha ha. She's at Danceteria (my favorite '80s NYC club, last space was at W 21st).

    Here is the photo (I can't seem to upload it): http://allaboutmadonna.com/images/news/09-11-27-madonna-by-maripol.jpg

    If you have a chance, flip through Maripol's "MARIPOLarama" book of polaroids. Unreal.

  • Gauri

    She looks beautiful!!!

  • Kim

    Great pic choices, love Madonna. You have inspired me to search out a copy of Desperately Seeking Susan this weekend!

    http://www.buddhachicandbuttercream.com

  • Jill

    LOVE IT!! Takes me way, way back. She always "gave good face". And makes me wish I was 15 again.

  • catherine

    her eyebrows are so distracting...

    • murt

      I love her 1980s eyebrows!

      • alison

        natural eyebrows are so much sexier than tweezed to shit "perfect brows"!

  • s

    the best!!!

  • Nairb

    i'm a huge fan and most of these pictures are new to me. Thank you for sharing some rare moments of an artist that changed the world.

  • Devour Catering

    I love Madonna!

    Calgary
    Catering

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