This is the latest transformation of the artist, whose life in Lisbon takes center stage in the August issue of Vogue Italia, with an interview focused on her children, her passion for music and horses, as well as the projects for her charity Raising Malawi, flanked by a fashion shoot photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
The magazine initially planned to mark Madonna’s 60th birthday in August with a celebration of her career and accomplishments, but it turned out she had a very different plan. 'She doesn’t want to talk about the past,' Vogue Italia creative director Giovanni Bianco told WWD in an exclusive interview with editor in chief Emanuele Farneti.
'It’s the tale of a new life, her move to Portugal to help her son David play soccer - it’s incredible to think of Madonna as a soccer mom,' Farneti said with a smile, shaking his head slightly. 'She proposed the Lisbon angle and it turned out to be a very personal interview, more interesting than doing a retrospective of the artist or a story on her African projects, which have already been explored,' he explained.
Bianco is an important link with Madonna, as he has worked for 12 years with her on four album covers, several tours and countless editorials.
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