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Madonna has done a brand new cover photoshoot for Harpers Bazaar magazine (November 2013 issue). The photoshoot is by Terry Richardson and the fashion editor is B. Akerlund.

The article inside the magazine is written by Madonna, about her life (almost a mini-biography) with the reasons why she doesn't conform and has to be daring.

Truth or Dare. That is a catchphrase that's often associated with me. I made a documentary film with this title, and it has stuck to me like flypaper ever since. It's a fun game to play if you're in the mood to take risks, and usually I am. However, you have to play with a clever group of people. Otherwise you'll find yourself French-kissing everyone in the room or giving blow jobs to Evian bottles!
People usually choose 'truth' when it's their turn because you can tell a lie about yourself and no one will be the wiser, but when you are dared to do something, you have to actually do it. And doing something daring is a rather scary proposition for most people. Yet for some strange reason, it has become my raison d'être.
If I can't be daring in my work or the way I live my life, then I don't really see the point of being on this planet.
That may sound rather extremist, but growing up in a suburb in the Midwest was all I needed to understand that the world was divided into two categories: people who followed the status quo and played it safe, and people who threw convention out the window and danced to the beat of a different drum. I hurled myself into the second category, and soon discovered that being a rebel and not conforming doesn't make you very popular. In fact, it does the opposite. You are viewed as a suspicious character. A troublemaker. Someone dangerous.

To read more from Madonna's article visit

Pictures from Harpers Bazaar / Terry Richardson


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IMHO Picture 3- which features a close up of Madonna's face covered in silver mesh with only her beautiful eyes & golden hair visible- would make a terrific album cover.

I do wish Madonna would move on from the black S&M attire- especially the black fishnets & long black boots- she has worn this look so often now it has almost become her uniform.

It's fine with me if Madonna wants to show off her still great body, but it would be nice if explored wearing different colours & materials. JPG's BA Tour outfits featured colourful underwear as outer-wear, I loved Madonna's 'Take A Bow' bed romp sequence glamorous undergarments- I feel like Madonna's locked into referencing her 'Human Nature: Hard Candy' look in recent times.

At the very least Madonna should ditch black clothing & embrace colour once again.


It's a great essay. She's a great writer. However, not crazy about the photoshoot. To me, it looks like it was lifted from the Re-Invention Tour backdrop. And while we're talking about re-invention, it's my hope that she actually writes her next album with song writers and producers instead of DJs. I'd really like some good music from her again. I'm all about remixes of songs, but it seems lately she's just making the remixed versions. I miss when she actually wrote good songs that didn't sound like Britney knock offs.

The Lion

Gorgeous photos. I really like this look for her. Her essay is pretty decent too.


Lovely but pictures too airbrushed


Great work! Have been missing Madonna on cover pages of high profile fashion magazines! It's been a long time!

get the picture?

love, how this piece in a glam-mag(perfect!:)is - altho accompanied with a gorgeous shoot - EVERYTHING BUT imagery, 'the latest look' -
it's about courage as a human being.
Her story carries conviction, true depth.

lots of respect & love for Her for tryin to irritate & inspire the usual airhead glamorama-crowd flipping through the latest 'style-issue'

can only hope it resonates & one can feel Her finger of irony pointing..
'what have U done lately?'

we need less 'viewers', more 'doers'!
right on, M!

get the picture?

beautiful body of work.
in every sense.

rock on, M!


gorgeous pictures-obviously airbrushed-but who doesn't!! still beautiful photos ;) xx


stunning photos

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