Madonna is the material proof: older women rock. So why do so many still have to stop work?

The most shocking thing Madonna has ever done, as she once said herself, is just to keep on publicly being Madonna. She won’t give up. She won’t fade away. She won’t be shamed, at the age of 64, into retirement; she is still jumping on every TikTok trend, still pumping out sexually suggestive clips to promote her upcoming world tour.

And if there’s something faintly spooky now about the tautness of her face, then she is arguably doing what she has to do to remain relevant and marketable inside an industry that holds women to impossible standards. Admittedly, it all looks faintly exhausting. But the pressure to keep on keeping on at whatever we do, in the teeth of ageist assumptions, is coming for us all soon enough.

Full article at The Guardian

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QX talks to Brian Mullin, writer-performer of Live to Tell, about Madonna, HIV stigma and the power of reinvention.

Madonna doesn’t stop. And now, as she sells tickets to her latest world tour, a new show at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre uses her as inspiration to explore survival with HIV. We spoke to Brian Mullin, writer-performer of Live to Tell: (a proposal for) The Madonna Jukebox Musical, about the Queen of Pop, HIV stigma and the power of reinvention.

Where did you get the idea to link a pitch to Madonna with the complicated emotions of surviving with HIV?

Madonna’s career started at almost exactly the same time as the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic itself. And  she’s been an outspoken advocate for people living with HIV from the very start, when no other celebrities would even mention it. But really the connection is a symbolic one: for 40 years, she’s stayed on top by constantly changing and adapting herself – just like a retrovirus! (Some Madonna fans may not like this comparison, but it makes sense to me!) People with HIV have probably all felt a desire to reinvent ourselves, and she is the Queen of Reinvention. 

Read full interview HERE

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Madonna Celebration Tote Bag

Cotton tote bag with front and back printing, zipper and gusset.
Dimensions 400mm x 390mm x 105mm (Gusset)

Perfect for carrying albums or 12 inches when record shopping, they are also good for the beach, picnics, parks and shopping.

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Madonna Biopic Starring Julia Garner Scrapped as Singer Embarks on World Tour (EXCLUSIVE)

The anticipated biopic of music legend Madonna is taking an indefinite holiday. The project, which the icon was going to direct herself, is no longer in development at Universal Pictures, multiple sources told Variety.

Speculation over the fate of the movie began instantly after Madonna announced a career-spanning world tour last week — one that sold out shows in New York, London, Paris and other cities in minutes. Insiders familiar with the icon said her sole focus Is the tour, but she remains committed to making a film about her life one day.

Representatives for Madonna, Garner and Universal Pictures declined to comment on the matter.

Read more at Variety

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Madonna has reclaimed her title as an ‘icon’ and has sparked outrage for her new photo shoot for Vanity Fair – dressed as Virgin Mary and recreating The Last Supper.

Vanity Fair’s new ‘Icon’ issue portrays the 64-year-old singer as Virgin Mary, wearing a heart, pierced with swords. “Icon. Pioneer. Diva. Pop star. The first “Icon Issue” of Vanity Fair, an issue that will celebrate each year a great icon of contemporary culture, could only be dedicated to her: Madonna,” tweeted Vanity Fair.

In the photo project created by Luigi and Lango, Madonna is also portrayed as Jesus, with 12 women disciples in a recreation of ‘The Last Supper’.

“The idea came from Luigi & Iango and I thought it was a very interesting point of view. We breathe an all-feminine energy into a universe traditionally represented as exclusively male,” Madonna told Vanity Fair.

Read full article at Star Observer

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