Madonna Wore the Nerdy Grandma Staple That’s Actually Coming Back

Madonna made a rare appearance out in LA after allegedly filming a Netflix documentary about her Madame X tour. And while it’s impossible to miss a Madonna sighting, we must admit she was wearing a rather un-Madonna-like outfit.

Sure, it is very her to wear combat boots with white laces, a bomber jacket, a graffiti phone case, and layers of gold chains. But the centerpiece of her look was a Burberry argyle sweater with rainbow logo lettering throughout. Argyle sweater vests have for too long been reserved for stereotypical nerd or grandma tropes on television. Clearly, though, they were meant for bigger and better things, as pop stars like Harry Styles and now Madonna have adopted the misunderstood staple.

While Madonna’s exact sweater doesn’t seem to be available online, the trend hasn’t yet appeared to have made its way into the mainstream just yet either. There’s actually still not that many argyle sweater or sweater vests available at major retailers. But you can get one for as little as $45 or as high as $418 at Nordstrom. And of course a variety are available on Amazon starting at $19 and have started to make their way onto fashion Instagrams everywhere.

 

Apparently 2021 fashion trends are all about expecting the unexpected, so excuse us while we stock up on leg warmerssocks with sandalscolorful Ugg boots, and sweater vests. We guess that’s what the pop star uniform looks like these days.

Get the look:

BP. Crop Polo Sweater
Shop now: $45; nordstrom.com

Amazon Essentials Classic Fit V-Neck Sweater
Shop now: $24; amazon.com

Alex Mill Bleecker Argyle Cardigan
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 $135; amazon.com

SLLSKY Argyle Pattern Style Sweater Top
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 $20; amazon.com

Balaflyie Argyle Plaid Knitted Sweater Vest
Shop now: $20; amazon.com

Grace Karin Long Sleeve Button Down Crew Neck Knit Cardigan
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 $19 (Originally $25); amazon.com

Chloé Argyle Oversize High/Low Wool & Cashmere Sweater
Shop now: $418 (Originally $1,195); nordstrom.com

Halogen Argyle Sweater
Shop now: $29 (Originally $69); nordstrom.com

Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Argyle Sweater
Shop now: $37 (Originally $89); nordstrom.com

Full article at InStyle

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Madonna ‘set to release new Netflix documentary with behind-the-scenes footage of the singer, 62, and her Madame X tour’

Madonna is reportedly set to release a new Netflix documentary giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at her life.

The pop legend, 62, is said to have ‘signed a deal with the streaming giant’ and the ‘one-off special’ will also include footage from her recent Madame X tour. 

Madonna toured throughout 2019 and 2020 as her Madame X alter ego, which is also the name of her last studio album, and banned fans from using their mobiles in order to keep shows ‘intimate’ and ‘interactive’. 

Documentary: Madonna is reportedly set to release a new Netflix documentary giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at her life (pictured during her Madame X tour)

Documentary: Madonna is reportedly set to release a new Netflix documentary giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at her life (pictured during her Madame X tour)

The documentary will also reportedly look at Madonna’s battle with knee and hip injuries which forced the star to cancel some tour dates after she was ordered to rest by doctors.  

A source told The Sun: ‘Madonna quite literally put blood, sweat and tears into the Madame X tour and she wants this documentary to show it off for the spectacle that it was.

‘She’s never been the type to fade into the background, so viewers will definitely get to witness her dry sense of humour.

‘She has spent weeks watching ­previews and helping to edit the footage at home in the US and is very hands- on with it.’

MailOnline has contacted both Madonna and Netflix representatives for comment. 

It comes after a slew of stars have teamed up with Netflix to release documentaries such as Beyonce, ­Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. 

This isn’t Madonna’s first documentary and in 1991 she released Truth Or Dare which followed the star on her Blonde Ambition tour and showed behind-the-scenes with her then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, 83.

Madonna started touring in 2019 as her Madame X alter ego and banned fans from using their mobiles at the shows with devices put in lockable pouches, which only security could open. 

Touring abruptly ended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic with the final two shows cancelled.

Only recently, Madonna has been teasing a ‘concert film’ of her Madame X tour and sharing behind-the-scenes videos of her latest project to Instagram.

The singer has also been showing off her ‘beautiful’ scar around her hip in Instagram snaps and calling herself a ‘survivor’. 

In one short clip posted earlier this year, the singer posed with daughter Mercy James, 15, and revealed she had been editing until 3am. 

Madonna captioned the video, which was overlapped with Dusty Springfield’s Spooky, with: ‘In the Cool of the evening………….. in the edit till 3 am. #edit #madame❌ #mercyjames #dustyspringfield #burberry.’ 

Earlier in the week, Madonna had posted another montage of clips which she captioned with: ‘Back in the Edit……….Madame ❌ coming soon! #jetlag #burberry.’

In the video, the star put on a typically daring display as she cheekily flashed her underwear in the behind-the-scenes clip, before quipping: ‘I’m just working!’

The clips kick off with a visual from the concert, set to the opening chords of the album’s lead single Medellin.

It goes on to show Madonna playfully flashing her underwear before falling asleep on the sofa with jet lag from her whirlwind trip to Africa with her four youngest children over the New Year.

Madonna adopted David Banda, 15, Mercy James, 15, and twins Stella and Estere, eight, who were all born in Malawi, Africa.

The singer also has daughter Lourdes, 24, with ex Carlos Leon and son Rocco, 20, with ex-husband and director Guy Ritchie.

More at DailyMail

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Emmanuel Adjei on the Dark Ballet of music videos (interview from 2019)

Now with the director’s cut of Dark Ballet, let’s take a look at a very interesting interview with the director Emmanuel Adjei from 2019. An excerpt (interview to full article down below)

‘As with Shahmaran, the lead in Dark Ballet is an African-American male, battling forces of repression. Does Adjei, as a black director, identify with the symbol of Mykki as Joan, cruelly punished for standing up to Power? “Not on a personal level, but I do understand the idea of being judged, as a person of colour. I think that’s something I have dealt with and I’m still dealing with. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I felt entitled to tell this story.”

Dark Ballet was rigorously scripted and storyboarded, to tell Joan’s harrowing story, and integrate the required VFX work. But when shooting started, he discovered how he needed to be flexible in order to accommodate the creative needs of a superstar, and her hugely demanding schedule. He says that the final version of Dark Ballet is therefore less ambiguous and metaphysical than he planned to make. “Madonna’s version is ‘this is Joan, this is what she fought for, this is what people need to know’,” he says. “That was very interesting to experience: someone who is very direct in their message.” 

 

 
 

And in Batuka the original idea to have Madonna and the Batukadeiras in different scenes, and then coming together, connecting through the song’s call-and-response structure, was jettisoned on set. “Hearing those voices of these Batukadeiras together with Madonna made me feel empowered to make a video for this track,” says Adjei. “And we realised that shooting them apart would change the dynamic of the track. Madonna said: ‘I feel that we have to be together from beginning to the end. We have to tell our stories, we have to rejoice, we have to suffer at the same time, in the same room.’”

 

If you’re not flexible, especially when you’re working with someone like Madonna, then you won’t be able to survive.

Consequently, we get to see a relatively unguarded version of Madonna in the Batuka video, making it one of the most documentary-like videos that she has ever made, but without sacrificing the visual craft that Adjei brings to every project. “One of the reasons why it feels so genuine was because she was reconnecting with these women,” Adjei confirms. “I instinctively thought we had to capture those moments.”

Now starting to reflect upon the experience – which was undoubtedly tense at times – Adjei says everything he has learned will stand him in good stead for the future. 

“I’ve learned so much from making both videos,” he says. “But I guess the main experience was to listen, and adapt. If you’re not flexible, especially when you’re working with someone like Madonna, then you won’t be able to survive. But you still need to be persistent in your vision. 

“I feel that both our voices are very clear in both projects.”

Read the full interview from 2019 at Shots.net

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French court sentences four over fatal Madonna stage collapse

Marseille (AFP)

A French court on Wednesday handed suspended prison sentences to four people charged over the collapse of a stage as it was being set up for a 2009 concert by pop superstar Madonna, which killed two workers.

Judges in the southern city of Marseille, where the concert was to take place, convicted the four of involuntary manslaughter and injuries, while acquitting three others ordered to stand trial.

Eight other workers sustained injuries in the accident, which occurred when one of four cranes putting up metal scaffolding for the stage knocked into the structure’s roof.

Charles Criscenzo, 52, of France and Charles Prow, a 23-year-old Briton, were killed at Marseille’s Velodrome stadium, and one of the injured workers committed suicide two years later.

Madonna herself did not appear at the trial, saying she was not involved in the technical details and denying any pressure to build the stage more quickly. She did present her condolences to the victims’ families.

After a 10-year investigation, Jacqueline Bitton, 73, at the time head of the French operations for the US concert promoter Live Nation, received the most severe sentence, a suspended two-year prison term and a fine of 20,000 euros ($24,000).

Tim Norman, 65, head of the British firm Edwin Shirley Group (ESG) that owned the stage, received a suspended two-year term as well as a 15,000 euro fine.

A manager at a French subcontractor hired by ESG, Tour Concept France, was given a suspended 18-month sentence and a 10,000 euro fine, while a British foreman hired for the job by ESG got 18 months suspended.

Live Nation France was ordered to pay a 150,000 euro fine, and Tour Concept 50,000 euros.

More at france24.com

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Madonna’s daughter Lourdes announced as the new face of Marc Jacobs

Lourdes “Lola” Leon, daughter of pop icon Madonna, is the new face for The Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2021 campaign.
The American label announced the alliance yesterday with the release of a handful of vibrant images from the accessory collection shoot. In it, Leon is a maximalist’s dream — kitted out in clashing florals, knee-high multi-colored socks and an acerbic lime green tote bag. The photos are a re-imagining of Marc Jacobs’ earlier, more playful campaigns typical of the ’90s.
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Credit: Brianna Capozzi/Marc Jacobs
According to a brief statement from the brand, the shoot was inspired by “eclecticism and an individualized approach to personal style.”
 
Leon’s own style is similarly loud and fanciful, though the 24-year-old singer and model maintains a reasonably low profile, having only just created a public Instagram account this January.
Elaborating on the decision to tap Leon for the campaign, the statement also nodded to a “long-storied history” between Madonna and Marc Jacobs.
Madonna has been a longtime muse and friend of Marc Jacobs’. In an interview with Vogue in 2008, Jacobs, then-creative director of Louis Vuitton, called the Queen of Pop the “ultimate performer”. She starred in two Louis Vuitton campaigns under his lead and wore Jacobs’ eponymous label on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar US in 2016.
 
Marc Jacobs’ new Spring 2021 collection isn’t Leon’s first foray into fashion. In 2019, she made her debut in a collection video for Miu Miu’s spring range. Since then, she’s appeared in a number of high-end streetwear collaborations, including Jean-Paul Gaultier x Supreme and Parade x Juicy Couture. This January, Leon co-directed and starred in a campaign video for a Stella McCartney x Adidas capsule collection.
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Credit: Brianna Capozzi/Marc Jacobs
 
The decision to cast Leon marks another step in the brand’s attempts to reach a younger market. In September 2020, to promote the launch of the new Marc Jacobs teen range, Heaven, the label went live on Instagram from a poster peppered adolescent bedroom filled with young influencers like Eileen Kelly, Lilah Summer and rising Japanese YouTuber Kemio.
 
 

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Music Industry Legend Seymour Stein On His Journey From The Blues To Madonna And The Ramones Back To Blue Horizon

Baltin: So will the new artists be primarily blues based?

Seymour: My interest is in what’s really, really good. I never said what a good blues artist. Look at Madonna, she had been turned down by labels for three years when I met her and signed her. And when I learned that Chris Blackwell, who’s one of my idols, had turned her down, for a second I said, “Hmm, maybe I’m making a mistake here.” But that was over in about 30 seconds. We all make mistakes and I’ve made quite a few.

Full article at Forbes

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SKNX.TV and the Madame X Tour

While the production team just edited their Instagram post (we can imagine why), here is the original post from Shootonline published on January 25

In 2021, music-driven content looks a lot like SKNX.TV (directing duo Sasha Kasiuha and VMA Award winner Nuno Xico). First up is the Netflix documentary chronicling Madonna’s Madame X Tour. Coming from the world of film editorial and visual effects, respectively, Nuno and Sasha juxtapose traditional cinematic art form with cutting edge technologies and other mixed media, true create not just a story, but a sensation.

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Watch: Alluring New Ingrid Chavez Video For ‘Justify My Love’

For Ingrid Chavez, one time protege of Prince, and his co-star in Graffiti Bridge (before dropping out of music for a very long time to raise a family with legendary post-punk crooner David Sylvian), the last two years have been a kind of artistic reawakening. It began with her first new album in ten years, 2019’s stunningly accomplished ‘Memories of Flying.’ But last December, she veritably reclaimed her most public legacy, at last releasing her own version of ‘Justify My Love,’ the song she co-penned with Lenny Kravitz, and that would become a massive #1 hit for Madonna. (A dispute over writing credits was ultimately settled in her favor.)

Now she’s giving the song a visual companion, with the release of an equally intriguing and alluring new lyric video. In it, the seductive words are seen emanating directly from the shadowed songstress, while scenes of steamy erotica unfold amidst the salacious, jittery lighting of an unidentified room – and it all might just as easily be taking place in a palace in Vienna as a trashy motel in Berlin. The optical enigma becomes a part of the storyline.

Ms. Chavez fondly looks back on the serendipity of the creation and recording of the now storied track. Kravitz and Andre Betts were in a studio in LA, as it were, and she happened in.

“There are events in our lives that come to define who we are as an artist,” she recalls. “One of those defining moments for me was that day in Los Angeles, just hanging out in the studio with Lenny and Andre; I was in the city doing overdubs for Graffiti Bridge. It was not planned, I just happened to be in the room while they created what would become one of the most raw and unforgettable tracks of the ’90s.” 

Most fascinatingly, the now infamous lyrics actually started out as a love letter, which love was still in its earliest blossoming. That she has at last now recorded the song herself, is in a way like going back and revisiting those electric feelings of burgeoning passion.

“I think what is important to know about this song is that it is personal, it was written for me,” she explains. “The words were from a letter I had just written so the emotions were strong. It would ultimately wind up in Madonna’s hands and mark a major shift in her own image and musical style for a period of time. In some way, it changed the trajectory of both of our lives. That is the power of a song written from that deeper place that we as writers are forever chasing.”

It’s worth noting that she indeed chased it and significantly found it on Memories of Flying – and so the album is essential listening for going deeper with Ingrid. Which we absolutely and highly recommend doing.

More at Blackbookmag

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Madonna debut album review from OOR magazine (Feb 11, 1984) ‘Madonna is more than just an attractive dance puppet’

Yesterday we posted one of the first interviews Madonna every did when she visited The Netherlands back in January 1984, this was published in OOR magazine (Feb 11, 1984). In that same issue they reviewed Madonna’s debut album, see English translation below:

The Detroit-born dancer and singer Madonna wound up in the music business through the managers of the annoying French singer Patrick Hernandez, who scored an international discohit complete with cane with Born To Be Alive in ’79. These gentlemen took care of her singing lessons in Paris. After being in the New York new wave- and punkscene Madonna, being a fan of black music found herself in the New York dance-circuit, where also her physically attractive star started to rise after the release of the Mark Kamins-produced debut single Everybody.

This panting track is included on her debut record, which does not fail to impress. This is mainly thanks to the disciplined production of Reggie Lucas (known for his work with Phyllis Hyman and Stephanie Mills) who surrenders the record for only 1 song (Holiday) to John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez and surrounds his graceful protege with the cream of the crop of the New York scene. Fortunately the slightly ordinary and naughty Lady S.M. Madonna also makes a contribution herself, because she is responsible for five of the nine compositions.

These songs are carried to a large extent by her horny and provocative teenage girls’ voice and furthermore have equally smart and exciting instrumentations, in which the dry funk-bass licks and the well-groomed keyboard contributions stand out. Moreover, the whole draws an attractive trail through rhythm & blues, illustrating that Madonna is more than just an attractive dance puppet.

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Madonna speaks to OOR magazine (NL) February 1984 ‘I’ve got business to do’ (full English translation available)

When Madonna first came to The Netherlands for promotion there were only a few interviews and one of those was published in Dutch OOR (ear) magazine on February 11, 1984. Besides the interview the same issue of OOR also includes the review for her debut album (stay tuned for the next post.) This article has been added to The First Album page.

English translation of the interview here:

MADONNA: BLONDIE

The poses on her record covers recall Marilyn Monroe, her voice is a mix of Debbie Harry and Stacy Lattisaw and she calls herself Madonna. An obvious case of image-hyping or perhaps an artist with her own musical vision? One does not rule out the other, we learn while chatting to the singer who is currently breaking through with catchy dance-single Holiday.

To my surprise Madonna is actually her real name, but that clarifies her ancestry. She was born as Madonna Ciccone in Detroit (1960) with Italian parents and was raised with a population consisting mainly of blacks and immigrants. ‘my parents were orthodox-catholic but still gave me a lot of freedom,’ she says. ‘I had a lot of black friends at school and I mainly listened to Motown- and other black music. My father stimulated me to become a dancer, I followed an education and left for New York to do it professionally. That felt okay for a while, even though I felt the need to sing. I went to auditions and got in touch with Patrick Hernandez (Frenchman, who scored an international disco hit in 1979 with Born To Be Alive-JN)  through an ad, who was looking for dancers and singers for a tour. I left for Europe, learned to play instruments and took singing lessons. As a singer there wasn’t enough work and after a tour I decided to return to New York. I started to write my own songs, made a demo, gave it to a DJ-friend and he played my cassette occasionally in a club where he worked. A scout from Warner Brothers heard it, was interested and through him Sire got me a record deal. Sire-boss Seymous Stein thought I needed an experienced producer and hired Reggie Lucas. Afterwards I thought his sound was too slick so I brought in John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez, the famous DJ/mixer/producer from New York to produce Holiday and remix three other tracks. It was those exact songs that became a hit in clubs and landed me a top position in the dance charts. It wasn’t until then that Sire decided to promote me as a record artist and release Holiday as a single.’

That makes Madonna another artist who broke through thanks to the club scene in New York. But she also thinks that the disco circuit does too little for fellow artists who are not without merit. ‘In the battle for success women are merely used in the dance scene. Especially independents hire female singers without a record deal often,’ she explains. ‘If the record sells well the bosses and producers strike up all the money. The singers remain anonymous and therefore people assume they’re artistically uninteresting. There is still too much prejudice that dance music, no matter how good it sounds, is only out for image and artistically has little else to do. The disco market is responsible for their own bad reputation and I would like to change that.’

What about her own image or is her bleached haircut just the result of a joke, I ask. ‘What you say,’ she laughs. ‘There was a moment when I thought it was a good idea to bleach my hair. When we were shooting the album cover everyone was annoying me saying how much I wanted to look like Marilyn Monroe or Debbie Harry. I am getting really sick of that so I am thinking of growing back my own colour.’

Even though the single success will be positive for the promotion and sales of her debut record, Madonna is already thinking about her next record. ‘My next record will be different; I don’t just want to make dance music, but also mid-tempo songs. Songs with a solid soul-sound, I was very much influenced by black music. I am also looking for a new producer. I am aiming for Nile Rodgers of Chic and Trevor Horn as well. Nothing’s settled yet.’

Madonna’s ambitions have also reached the movie scene. Last year she worked on the soundtrack to Vision Quest, with producer Phil Ramone. ‘I wrote two songs and performed three in total,’ she explains. ‘I can be seen in the movie for a short while, but I would like to concentrate on acting later. I am putting all of my time and energy in my singing carreer. I am leaving for England in one hour to perform at The Tube (pop show on Channel 4-JN). It took quite a while before radio and TV noticed me, but since Holiday is doing so well, I am “hot stuff” over there too.’ And with a confident ‘I’ve got business to do’ the tiny singer says goodbye. (JN)

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Madonna has already completed work on the Lisbon show. Children were the first to see the final edition

The American artist recorded the performances at Coliseu dos Recreios for the official DVD of the tour promoting the album “Madame X”, which she composed and recorded during the period she lived in Portugal. The release date has not yet been announced but will be coming soon.

Madonna has already completed the process of assembling the Lisbon show, a work she interrupted earlier this year because of a trip to Africa that took her to Malawi and Kenya. The four adopted children and her boyfriend, dancer and choreographer Ahla Malik Williams, were the first to see the final edition in a home session, announced the 62-year-old singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, director and businesswoman on social media. The release date has not yet been announced but will be coming soon.

The North American artist, who earned about half a half million euros per show, recorded the performances at Coliseu dos Recreios, in Lisbon, for the official DVD of the promotional tour of “Madame X”, the disc she composed and recorded in the period in which she lived in Portugal, between August 2017 and March 2019. United States of America, Portugal, England and France were the only countries on the roadmap. Composed of 75 dates, this tour earned Madonna 51.4 million dollars, about 42.4 million euros.

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Revisit Madonna and the fabulous ’80s in new exhibit at Galleria Dallas

She's Got the Look Madonna

A very Material Girl look. Galleria

 

An exhibit at the Galleria Dallas mall is poised to take us back to the ’80s, which surely has to be preferable to the hellish landscape we’ve endured in the 2020s.

Called “She’s Got the Look,” the exhibit will display more than 50 fashions by some of that decade’s most outrageous designers, with everything from Madonna’s Material Girl-era black lace to the power looks of ’80s TV show Dynasty.

The show is curated by Ken Weber, owner of Martini Consignment, the vintage store on Henderson Avenue, and will run from March 5-April 3. It’ll occupy the space next door to Sephora that was most recently home to the Snowday holiday experience.

Designers featured include quintessential ’80s names such as Thierry Mugler, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Bob Mackie, Emanuel Ungaro, Halston, and Geoffrey Beene.

The exhibition will be divided into two sections:

  • a main room showcasing elegance and extravagance with party, red-carpet, Ladies Who Lunch and Working Girl attire
  • a second room featuring “Valley Girls,” “Rocker Chicks,” “Club Kids,” and menswear
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Early Madonna interview in Record Mirror (February 1983) on ‘Everybody’ and ‘Burning Up’

Take a look at this very early interview originally published in Record Mirror dated February 26, 1983. Madonna was on to promote her debut single ‘Everybody’ and spoke about macho hunks, being a very sexual person, going to Paris and upcoming single ‘Burning Up.’ This article has been added to the press section of The First Album page.

A few excerpts from the interview:

‘I’m a very sexual person but I want my brain to be appreciated as well.’ says Madonna. “I look good on stage, very good but I don’t wear costumes that I’m going to fall out of. That would be rather cheap.”

‘I see myself as an entertainer to make people forget about the horrors of the world. I’m an escape route. I wrote ‘Everybody’ because we all need a lover and everybody wants to be loved.’

‘Madonna’s album will be out soon and her next single will be ‘Burning Up.’ “It’s about somebody being totally consumed with desire.” she sighs. “You know that feeling you get when you ache for somebody. Oh yes it’s happened to me and I hope a lot of people have ached for me. 

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