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How the ‘Queen of Pop’ continues to redefine stereotypes on older women

The influence that Madonna has had in the entertainment industry, in the media and on society as a whole has remained strong over the course of her 36-year career.

Despite her numerous accolades and record-breaking music sales - she's the best-selling female recording artist of all time - the 'Queen of Pop' has had to face persistent sexism and ageism throughout the years.

But Madonna has redefined the widespread stereotypes often attributed to older women time and time again, challenging hackneyed notions that people have about older women by being open with their sexuality, dating younger men and continuing to succeed in her career.

When receiving her Woman of the Year award at Billboard Women in Music 2016, the 'Like a Virgin' singer spoke about the rules that she had learnt that she was expected to abide by as a female performer.

'Do not age, because to age is a sin,' she said. 'You will be criticised, you will be vilified, and you will definitely not be played on the radio.'

Earlier this year, Madonna told The Cut that she would never stop calling the supposed social norms that older women are frequently expected to adhere to into question.

'I mean, who made those rules? Who says? I’m going to keep fighting it,' she said.

'10 to 20 years from now, it’s going to be normal. People are going to shut up.'

To read the rest of the article by Sabrina Barr visit uk.style.yahoo.com/madonna

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