Madonna on Cosmopolitan's May 2015 issue (L) and on Cosmopolitan's May 1990 cover (R)

Pop icon Madonna has landed the 50th anniversary, May 2015 cover of Cosmopolitan, 25 years since her last shooting. On newsstands on April 14, the singer looks like a ‘Rebel Heart’ with a pearl necklace, mask and red lips in the image photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth. Flashback to her 1990 cover where she rocked a more minimal look with a black bob hairstyle and a simple white dress.

Madonna graces the 50th anniversary issue of Cosmopolitan for May 2015. Photo: Ellen Von Unwerth

On sexuality and ageism:
“Don’t be fooled, not much has changed – certainly not for women. We still live in a very sexist society that wants to limit people. Since I started, I’ve had people giving me a hard time because they didn’t think you could be sexual or have sexuality or sensuality in your work and be intelligent at the same time. For me, the fight has never ended.”

Madonna on Cosmopolitan May 1990 cover. Photo: Francesco Scavullo

On collaborating with Kanye West on her album Rebel Heart:
“It’s a little bit of a bullfight, but we take turns. He knows that he’s walking into a room with a person with a strong point of view, and I do too. I listen to what he has to say, take it in, and he listens to what I say and takes it in. We didn’t agree on everything, but he has good ideas.”

The pop icon talks sexism and working with Kanye West on her new album

On internet haters:
“You can hide behind your computer or your phone and say whatever you want – you’re not known. Could you say it to my face? Would you say it to my face? I doubt it.”