What’s the meaning behind Madonna’s latest cryptic Instagram posts?

The huge, red X might have little to do with new music

Madonna has left a cryptic message for her fans on her Instagram account for April Fool’s Day.

The singer shared an enigmatic, gigantic red X on a black background and spread across nine different pictures.

This post prompted speculations that the iconic artist might be about to drop a new album.

After Rebel Heart 

The Like A Prayer singer released her latest album Rebel Heart in 2015. She then went on to debut new song Beautiful Game at the Met Gala in May 2018.

She also posted a 37-second fun song about safe sex on Instagram in February 2019, but hasn’t dropped new music since.

After Lady Gaga announced she is ‘pregnant’ with her sixth album earlier this month, Madonna lovers took the X as a clue her idol, too, is about to release a new studio album.

Madonna did announce an album was on its way in January 2018. However, there is still no release date for this hotly anticipated new work, which would be her 14th.

Despite the huge amount of guesswork on social media, fans haven’t found an explanation for the huge X.

Is Madonna teasing her collaboration with Moschino?

Nonetheless, the most plausible reason seems to have little to do with new music.

The post might, in fact, be teasing Madonna’s new collaboration with Italian fashion brand Moschino.

Madonna’s MDNA Skin has teamed up with the luxury fashion house to create three skincare sets.

These will be based around MDNA’s core products but repackaged in an exquisite Moschino bag. And the name of the collection is MDNA X Moschino.

Moreover, red and black have always been the 1983-born brand’s signature colors. Furthermore, the collection dropped right on April Fool’s and is now available at Barney’s, Nordstrom and mdnaskin.com.

It looks like fans won’t have any brand new Madonna’s bangers to dance to anytime soon, but they might be content with having perfect skin for the time being.

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Jean Paul Gaultier & Supreme collaborate, Lourdes Leon models

Most iconic of all though, he created the costumes, including those conical bra bodices, worn by Madonna for her 1990 Blond Ambition tour. And it’s this era of his ready-to-wear archive that Gaultier has chosen to revisit for his Supreme collaboration, making it all the more fitting that Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon is modelling the collection in the first-seen photos, shot by Collier Schorr, alongside the artist Sancheeto.

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Madonna to perform 2 songs at Eurovision according to El Confidencial

Attendees at the Eurovision 2019 gala will have the opportunity to enjoy a mini-concert by Madonna. The queen of pop will attend the gala to be held on May 18 in Tel Aviv to sing two songs for which she will charge a million euro’s. The Israeli newspaper ‘Hayom’ has confirmed that, after “tough negotiations”, Madonna would have said yes to Eurovision. But the money requested to interpret two songs during the gala amounts to one million euros, a figure that Israeli public television, Kan, organizer of the festival, can not afford.

The solution? Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams offered to pay for the artist’s performance. But surpassed the cache of Madonna, the problem came for the songs. The artist wanted to impose the themes that she was going to interpret during her performance, something that contravened the EBU norms, which prevent there being topics with political criticism.

With the confirmation that Madonna will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest, the prices of the final tickets have soared on resale. The songs that the public will enjoy the queen of pop on the Eurovision stage are still unknown. What are already known are the majority of topics from the representatives of the countries that will participate this year in the contest. Miki Núñez will perform ‘La Venda’, a song with which Spain hopes to improve last year’s position.

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Win Swept Away on Blu-ray

Directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Matthew Vaughn, Swept Away is available for the first time on Blu-ray from Monday 8th April 2019 through Fabulous Films.

Madonna and Adriano Giannini star in this contemporary adaptation of Lina Wertmullers’s 1974 romantic comedy, a story of love, sex and too much money – all set against the backdrop of a Mediterranean island paradise.

The original Swept Away directed by Lina Wertmüller received the 1975 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award for Top Foreign Film. Giancarlo Giannini’s son Adriano Giannini plays the same role as his father in the original film.

A rich, spoiled socialite (Madonna) and a handsome Italian (Giannini) find themselves stranded on a deserted island where matters of material wealth and class disparity are meaningless. And in their struggle to survive and coexist in their paradise found, they soon discover that their dramatic differences are suddenly the source of a fierce, passionate and (sometimes) hilarious animal attraction.

To celebrate the release of Swept Away, Entertainment Focus have 3 copies on Blu-ray to give away. Enter HERE for a chance to win…

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More on MDNA Skin X Moschino collaboration

Madonna’s MDNA Skin has teamed up with Moschino to create three luxury skincare sets. Based around MDNA’s core products, but repackaged in an exquisite Moschino bag, and sold in specially devised combinations, fans will not be disappointed.

First up, there’s the Hydration Trio which includes full sizes of the brand’s signature Serum, The Eye Serum and a miniature Rose Mist. All products contain ingredients that Queen Madge has developed for her own personal use. The Serum consists of a highly moisturising triple hyaluronic acid blend that hydrates severely dry skin while the Rose Mist contains Montecatini water: a mineral-rich thermal water used for intense hydration.

And then there’s the All Eyes on You set which includes a full size Eye Serum and four packs of The Eye Mask – both of which combat tired-looking eyes by helping to brighten the undereye and reduce puffiness. So perfect after a long flight or a big night.

With prices ranging from $95 to $420, all products come in the signature MDNA chic grey bottles but are packaged in a clear Moschino-branded cosmetics bag.

This is not the first cosmetics collaboration we have seen from the Italian luxury fashion brand. Just last year Moschino launched their first ever beauty launch with a collection with K-Beauty brand Tonymoly. However, for MDNA – which Madonna found in 2014 as a collection which “encompasses a revolutionary approach to skincare based on the physics of beauty” – this is the first of its kind.

The MDNA X Moschino collection will be available at Barney’s, Nordstrom and mdnaskin.com from 1st April.

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Madonna Teases New Project on Instagram

As Sandra Oh said in The Princess Diaries … the Queen is Coming.

Pop superstar Madonna has changed her profile picture of her Instagram and uploaded 9 new images that, all together, mark a big red “X” on her profile against a stark black background.

What the “X” means is open to interpretation. There’s been some Twitter chatter that the project is part of a secret Netflix project, but most of the screenshots circulating were debunked as faked images. Given that Madonna hasn’t released an album since 2015’s Rebel Heart, her thirteenth album, it’s very likely that she’s teasing a new LP.  

While Madonna hasn’t released new music since then, there have been reports that the Material Girl has something up her sleeve. The general public found out that she was filming a music video when Page Six reported that the mayor of a historic Portuguese town denied the singer’s request to bring a horse into a local castle to film a music video. The mayor reportedly denied the singer because the castle’s wooden floors couldn’t support the horse’s weight and could damage the building.

Madonna teased new music on March 18 with a picture of her slicing into an apple with the words “A taste of things to come.”

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Madonna to perform at grand final Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv (from El Periodico)

The next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will once again feature a great music star. After the performances of Justin Timberlake and Caetano Veloso in 2016 and 2018, the grand finale of the musical contest will feature Madonna’s performance during the interval act, according to local Israel media Hayom.

The interpreter of great successes like ‘Vogue’, ‘Isla bonita’ and ‘Like a Prayer’, among others, has managed to reach an agreement with the EBU and the Israeli chain after a long and arduous negotiation. In fact, the artist is expected to sign the contract in the coming days.

Although the production team had already begun to work on their number, according to the aforementioned media, their participation was on the verge of not being produced by the reluctance that the EBU put to the songs with which it wanted to act on the Tel stage. Aviv 2019 given its political character.

Madonna’s show, which will cost more than one million euros, will be financed by Sylvain Adams, an Israeli businessman who was willing to finance the cost of the European event since it was confirmed. that Israel would host this edition. In fact, with the intention of improving the image of the Hebrew country in the world with the celebration of major international events, the millionaire got several stages of the Giro d’Italia to be held in Israel.

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Madonna’s MDNA Collaborated on Luxury Skin-Care Sets With Moschino

It’s been only a few months since fashion’s beloved Moschino did an unexpected yet awesome makeup collaboration with cute-as-can-be K-beauty brand Tonymoly, launching what are probably the only products between $15 and $77 to ever bear the Moschino name. And now Madonna’s MDNA Skin has teamed up with the iconic Italian design house on new skin-care sets — and the price points are a wee bit different.

MDNA Skin’s products are already pretty up-there in terms of price — they’re high-performing formulas and super-luxurious, after all — and adding Moschino to the mix has only taken that lavishness to new levels. Take the first of the three sets: the Hydration Trio. It includes full sizes of The Serum, The Eye Serum, and a mini version of The Rose Mist, which the brand says are perfect picks “as the weather warms up and you start switching to lighter skin-care formulas.” They come with a super-chic, clear cosmetic bag featuring both brands’ logos, and trompe l’oeil zippers and pockets.

And at $420 — believe it or not — that’s actually a bargain. The two full-size products alone would normally cost $420, but you’re getting them, a travel-size mist, and a Moschino-designed accessory exclusively at Barneys for that price.

MDNA x Moschino skincare set
Courtesy of brand
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What It Feels Like For a Girl discography online – 35 different pressings

The third (and final) single to be taken from ‘Music’ was ‘What It Feels Like For a Girl’. A song that was praised by critics from the start, so it wasn’t a very surprising single choice.

The music video was a surprise though, of course Madonna accomplished the unexpected and turned the music video into a violent mini-movie directed by Guy Ritchie. Instead of the album version of the song a remix played throughout Madonna’s road rage. 

A spanish version of the song was also recorded ‘Lo Que Siente La Mujer’ which was the version chosen to perform during the Drowned World Tour in 2001. Madonna has yet to include the original song in her setlist.

In the discography we have collected 35 different pressings including a rare promo CD with ‘That Kid chris’ remixes which were never commercially available and mega rare Mexican promo CD for the Spanish version (double A side with ‘Amazing’

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PopCulture25YL – March 1994: Madonna vs. Letterman, The Crow Soundtrack, and More

Revisiting Madonna’s 1994 David Letterman Appearance   by Jason Sheppard

“Our first guest tonight is one of the biggest stars in the world, and in the past 10 years she has sold over 80 million albums, starred in countless films and slept with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.”

With that introduction by David Letterman, on March 31st, 1994, world-wide mega-star Madonna walked out on stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater while Paul Schaffer and the CBS orchestra played “Holiday” for her entrance.

In Madonna’s hand was what appeared to be a cloth item of some sort which she handed to Dave while he was standing to greet the smiling star.

The item was a pair of her underwear which she goaded Dave into smelling (he didn’t.)  Dave kept goading her into kissing a male audience member who very much wanted one (she didn’t.) After this, what unfolded was one of the most memorable and uncomfortable interviews in TV history.

“I’m only here because there isn’t a Knicks game. Don’t get excited,” the star began and with that opening comment, the audience immediately expressed their displeasure at the harmless but stinging insult. It didn’t get any better.

After numerous references to her underwear, her reported dating several members in the NBA (she was actually rumored to be dating the late rapper Tupac Shakur at the time) and her sex life some more, less than two minutes after she sat down, Madonna pointedly said to David Letterman, “You know, you really are a sick f–k!” This unexpected pronouncement caused the audience to scream and cheer while Paul and the band playfully struck some more musical notes from “Holiday.”

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Madonna’s Like a Prayer Mixes the Sacred and Profane to Create Her Masterpiece

They say nothing is certain but death and taxes. I would add another certainty to that list, which is that wherever there is art, teenagers will spend their parents’ money on art about sex. But for most of history, the sex had to be tastefully disguised.

During Shakespeare’s lifetime, his non-theatrical poetry was especially beloved by college students. When it comes to lust, Romeo and Juliet has nothing on Venus and Adonis. Says Venus to her lover: “I’ll be a park, and thou shalt be my deer/ Feed where thou wilt, on mountain or in dale.” Which parts might be mountains and which might be dales is left to the reader’s imagination, and if mom walks in, then everyone can pretend that only the deer is horny.

The story of Madonna’s success is, in large part, a story of sex. When it comes to songs about that most-popular of recreational activities, the woman born Madonna Louise Ciccone was more tinkerer than trailblazer. In 1963, The Beatles may have only wanted to hold your hand, but by 1969 they were asking, “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?” Al Green and Teddy Pendergrass treated intercourse with all the reverence of a medieval artist painting Jesus. And while there were many performances that preceded this moment, Olivia Newton John’s 1981 music video for “Physical” was a watershed moment in the expression of female sexuality. Newton John wears a skintight leotard, and sometimes the camera lingers on her legs or groin. But most of the attention is on the many handsome hunks, wearing little more than Speedos, who are stretching and flexing and glistening in the shower.

Newton John is more observer than observed. And that’s the big difference between her and Madonna. Madonna would never want you looking at someone else.

After the release of her 1984 debut album, Madonna, critics mocked her “helium” voice. But she instantly connected with teenage girls, and became a big draw for MTV. She dressed in fishnets, chains, and fingerless gloves, bulky cargo shorts, and midriff-baring tank tops. Her hair was messy and hip. Her earrings dangled past her kneecaps (well not quite). But her look was instantly iconic. Critics suggested she had more style than substance. Critics predicted she would be a one-hit wonder. Critics, if you can believe it, were wrong.

The genius of Madonna was the genius of reinvention, and the postpunk fishnets didn’t last long. Soon she was a material girl, for whom not even diamonds could ever be enough. She released two No. 1 albums in a row, buoyed by some of the best pop songs of the ‘80’s or any decade: “Material Girl”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, and “Like a Virgin”. Did you ever think the word “Like” could change the meaning of a song that much? With Madonna, sex was always part of the appeal.

The cover of her fourth album, Like a Prayer, showed a bare spanse of skin somewhere between mountains and dale. In anticipation of the album’s release, Pepsi signed Madonna to a $5 million promotional deal that included a two-minute commercial. The day after the commercial aired, Madonna released the first music video for her new album, “Like a Prayer”. And the day after that, she had been personally condemned by Pope John Paul II, and a worldwide boycott of PepsiCo products had begun.

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The album where Madonna truly expressed herself

When Madonna went into the studio in September 1988 to begin work on what would be her fourth studio album, she was the biggest pop star on the planet. Although not an overnight success – having toiled hard until landing a deal with record label Sire – her career experienced a meteoric rise from the moment she released her debut single Holiday in 1983.

And yet in the 12 months before laying down new material, she had put the music on hold as she tried to prove herself as an actress. A pair of big budget movies, Shanghai Surprise and Who’s That Girl, had failed to wow the critics and her performance in David Mamet’s Broadway play Speed-the-Plow had delivered so-so reviews.

There was a lot of turmoil in her private life, too. She was in the wars with husband Sean Penn and they would file for divorce at the beginning of 1989, and she had become fixated that, now aged 30, she was the same age as her mother when she died of breast cancer. Madonna was just five-years-old at the time and was brought up by a difficult father – but more about him later.

While she had changed the course of pop – thanks to some of the most emblematic songs of the decade – she was determined to be taken seriously as an artist and the resulting album, Like a Prayer, certainly delivered on that aspiration.

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Co-Writer Behind Madonna’s Vogue Moves Forward With $500,000 Suit Against Warner/Chappell

Warner Music Group pays more to its own lawyers than it can to its songwriters.

Two years ago, the co-writer behind Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ filed a lawsuit against Warner Music Group (WMG).

Robert ‘Shep’ Pettibone claimed the major label illegally withheld royalties from the 1990 hit.

The move followed another lawsuit over another song.  VMG Salsoul sued Madonna and Pettibone for willfully infringing on a 1976 song, ‘Love Break.’

Siding with the artist and the songwriter, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision.  Yet, the appeals court overruled the lower court’s decision to award attorneys’ fees, totaling more than $500,000.

Filing his own lawsuit soon thereafter, Pettibone alleged WMG and Warner/Chappell “have admittedly withheld and failed to pay Pettibone royalties owed to Plaintiff for its defense of the VMG Salsoul lawsuit, despite Plaintiff’s demand that they pay these royalties to him, and despite giving them notice of breach.”

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Madonna: An Intimate Biography of an Icon at Sixty Paperback – 18 Apr 2019 (PRESS RELEASE)

Always provocative. Always talented. Always iconic and now finally understood.

For more than three decades Madonna has been generating headlines and topping music charts. J. Randy Taraborrelli has written the definitive biography of one of the most successful pop stars in the world, whose music has constantly evolved and who has remained relevant to a massive global fanbase throughout an epic career.

From the driven, ambitious young woman struggling to get a break in New York to the outrageous pop diva and more spiritual mother, the changing faces of Madonna are revealed. We see her relationships with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, Prince, Warren Beatty and what happened in her marriages to Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie. We see her embracing motherhood and today with five children, still recording and touring and defiantly living life on her own terms.

Madonna is based on decades of research and exclusive interviews with people speaking of her publicly for the first time – including friends, business associates and even family members. J. Randy Taraborrelli has also interviewed the star herself on numerous occasions and he draws on first-hand experiences to bring Madonna to life as not merely a sensational tabloid delight but as a flesh-and-blood woman with human weaknesses, alongside great strengths and ambitions.

‘A thoroughly professional job…makes her more, not less, fascinating.’ Lynn Barber, Daily Telegraph
‘A fascinating document of – ka-boom! – blonde ambition.’ Heat
‘A great read that’s as spirited as Madge herself…This is the Madonna biography.’ Daily Mirror
‘A book you will find yourself “just dipping into” for hours at a stretch.’ Evening Standard

J. Randy Taraborrelli is the bestselling and renowned celebrity biographer whose titles include Becoming Beyoncé, Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth, Call Her Miss Ross, Sinatra: The Man and the Myth and Once Upon a Time: The Story of Princess Grace, Prince Rainier and their Family. He regularly appears on TV as a news commentator and lives in Los Angeles.

Madonna by J. Randy Taraborrelli is published on 18th April 2019 (Macmillan, £9.99)
ISBN: 9781509842803 | Also available as an ebook.

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Behind one man’s effort to bring Madonna to Israel

Madonna, the iconic pop star, would seem to have little in common with Sylvan Adams, a Canadian-Israeli philanthropist. She’s outspoken; he’s mild-mannered. But they have a closer connection than you might first imagine. They’re both the same age and grew up just across the border from each other – Madonna in Michigan, and Adams in Canada.

Adams, who moved to Tel Aviv a few years ago, is currently spearheading an effort to bring the rock legend to his new adopted hometown to perform in May. After discussing it briefly while on stage at Keshet’s Innovative TV conference last week in Jerusalem, we caught up with Adams backstage to probe a little further.

In recent months, Adams helped bring a prestigious European cycling race known as the Giro to Israel and was also part of the team that launched a tiny spacecraft on a historic mission to the moon. So how does Madonna compare? He laughed. “It may not be as lofty, but it’s within the same theme.”

As the winner of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Israel became the host nation for the 2019 outing, which is May 14-18 in Tel Aviv. The international singing competition enjoys a massive audience, with up to 600 million people watching the telecast worldwide. It launched the careers of ABBA and Celine Dion. But in the United States, which does not compete in the contest, it hasn’t taken on the same resonance.

“The Eurovision is a massive thing, but it’s not very well known in North America,” Adams said. “We’ve reached out to Madonna to try to add some glitz to the event and create more interest. It’s looking very good that she’s going to participate.”

And Madonna will do more than watch from the sidelines. “I decided to join forces with the Eurovision people here in Israel and to invite Madonna to come and sing during the competition and to coach some of the contestants and to make it more of a worldwide event, to make it more exciting and more impressive for an event that was already exciting and impressive.”

For Madonna, the trip to Israel this spring won’t be much of a stretch. She already has strong connections to the Mediterranean country. Since 2005, her manager has been Israeli producer Guy Oseary. He’s not only overseen her most recent albums and several very successful tours, he also released two books of his concert photography from those tours: Madonna Confessions and Madonna: Sticky & Sweet. The 46-year-old Jerusalem native also works with U2, Alicia Keys, Ashton Kutcher, Amy Schumer and baseball great A-Rod.

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Madonna’s farewell from Portugal turns sour over row involving a horse

Madonna is at the center of a fresh controversy in Portugal, just as she is set to leave the country. The singer has accused the Portuguese of being ungrateful, an accusation that they have thrown right back at her. And the culprit behind this latest row? A horse, which was not allowed inside a palace for a music video.

Madonna, who has been living in Portugal since 2017, was set to film a video for the song “Indian Summer” in the Quinta Nova de Assunção palace in Sintra, a resort city near Lisbon.

The pop star’s attitude has incensed Portuguese authorities, who have reminded her of all the things they’ve done for her during her stay

Last week however, Sintra City Hall said the pop star could use the palace from March 15 to 20 but could not let a horse inside. The decision reportedly left her outraged.

In the script for the music video, Madonna was meant to pose next to the animal on the ground. But local authorities said a horse would threaten the safety of the building, given its wooden floor sits upon wooden beams and is “unstable, which prevents it from being used for activities that cause vibrations.”

Madonna called her agent to complain about what was happening. “My Queen, I am doing everything I can. I have called many people and sent various messages. Unfortunately the man who makes the decision is not available, but he will be,” he replied, according to messages revealed by the Portuguese newspaper Correioda Manhã.

Annoyed, Madonna responded that she didn’t have to wait and would film somewhere else. “I’ve already given a lot to this country and when I ask for a simple favor, one which will present Portugal to the world, the answer I get is negative,” she told her agent, adding: “This is your fault. You convinced me to come live here.”

It emerged in February that Madonna would be leaving Portugal in the next few months, to move to New York. A fleet of cars carrying suitcases was recently seen leaving the four-star Palacio Ramalhete hotel in Lisbon, where the singer has been staying for the last year.

The pop star’s attitude has incensed Portuguese authorities, who have reminded her of all the things they have done for her during her stay in the country. For example, Lisbon City Hall gave Madonna a reduced price on a parking spot; the soccer club S.L. Benfica welcomed her son so that he could practice regardless of his level; the international school Lycée Français Charles Lepierre accepted the singer’s twin girls even though there was a waiting list; and the Portuguese government fast-tracked her residency.

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Madonna and Patti LuPone will apparently play big roles in ‘Pose’ season 2

Madonna Vogue

Season two of Ryan Murphy’s Pose, a groundbreaking TV series about New York City ballroom culture with a largely transgender cast, will apparently star beloved stage actress Patti LuPone and take place around March 1990, when Madonna released the “Vogue” track which introduced ballroom culture to the mainstream. (Though Madonna herself won’t actually star herself as a character in the show.)

At PaleyFest, the annual New York City TV festival, Murphy told trans actress MJ Rodriguez and gay actor Billy Porter that they’d both have plenty of scenes with LuPone, though Murphy stopped short of revealing what role the 69-year-old actress would play.

Murphy also revealed that trans journalist Janet Mock, Porter and trans musician and writer Our Lady J will all direct episodes in the upcoming season, reports Deadline.

The first episode of season two will take place on March 27, 1990, the day that Madonna released “Vogue.” Her song, which went on to become an international chart topper, featured several gay dancers and real-life ballroom performers in its music video including Luis Xtravaganza Camacho and Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza from the legendary ballroom House of Xtravaganza.

“Vogue” makes an interesting start to the show’s second season as it dropped near the height of the ongoing HIV epidemic and was seen as a major career landmark for Madonna. Madonna’s sexually charged and unapologetic performance in the music video flew in the face of ’80s-era sexual conservatism.

Some of her backup dancers on the Blonde Ambition world tour (which featured “Vogue” among other crowd-pleasing hits) later contracted HIV and sued Madonna for outing them as gay in the resulting tour documentary Truth or Dare.

Pose itself also has the largest LGBTQ cast in television history, with 140 trans actors and crew members and 35 non-trans LGBTQ characters. Its five main trans actresses of color overcame abuse, rejection, discrimination and poverty to become TV’s newest breakout stars.

Read more at Queerty.com

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