As fierce and focused as ever, Madonna gets 2017 off to a blistering start with a must-read interview and lingerie-heavy photoshoot for the 150th anniversary of Harpers Bazaar magazine.
The interview, titled ‘Madonna’s Spring Awakening’, covers a lot of obvious ground — she’s asked “Do you think your work is political?” — but it gives Madge a platform to reaffirm her commitment to fearless, outspoken activism in the post-liberal dawn of an uncertain new year.
Her fighting words are also a call-to-arms for other independent souls to confront oppression and challenge the political and social orthodoxy.
“I’ve always felt oppressed,” she says. “I’ve had the shit kicked out of me for my entire career, and a large part of that is because I’m female and also because I refuse to live a conventional life.”
Among other things, she calls out entertainment industry heavyweights for their political timidity and fear of being blacklisted.
“Nobody in the entertainment business except for maybe a handful of people ever speak out about what’s going on. Nobody takes a political stance or expresses an opinion,” she says. “Everyone’s really afraid.”
Madonna vows to fill that silence by becoming “more vocal” and “a little bit less mysterious” in the year ahead — and hinting she might try her hand at standup comedy, too.
At the same time she bristles at questions regarding her career longevity and her age (she turns 60 next year), considering the questions both sexist and ageist.
“Why do I have to explain myself?” she asks. “Does somebody ask Steven Spielberg why he’s still making movies?”
“I’ll stop when I run out of ideas,” she adds. “I’ll stop when you fucking kill me. How about that?”
And lest we forget that Madonna is as much a style icon as an artistic torch-bearer, the Harper’s piece is beautifully illustrated with a photo series from the stylist/fotog tandem of Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi.
She is seen in dramatic layered ensembles featuring pieces from high-end labels like La Perla, Wolford, Agent Provocateur, Stella McCartney, Rosamosario, Maison Close and I.D. Sarrieri as well her own private collection.
Still wondering if Madonna is still relevant? Seriously, do you really have to ask?