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Madonna Covers 'Harper's Bazaar' December 2011

Madonna Covers 'Harper's Bazaar' December 2011

Madonna and W.E. star Andrea Riseborough take the cover of Harper’s Bazaar‘s December 2011 issue, on newsstands Tuesday, November 29.

Here’s what the 53-year-old entertainer and director had to share:

On her sense of self: “I think it’s just that as a creative person, in all the different things that I’ve done or ways that I’ve found to express myself, I’ve consistently come up against resistance in certain areas. I think that the world is not comfortable with female sexuality. It’s always coming from a male point of view, and a woman is being objectified by a man—and even women are comfortable with that. But when a woman does it, ironically, women are uncomfortable with it. I think a lot of that has to do with conditioning.”

On escaping that conditioning: “The fact that I didn’t have a mother helped me in some respect, and that I didn’t have a female role model. I was always very aware of sexual politics, growing up in a Catholic-Italian family in the Midwest, seeing that my brothers could do what they wanted but the girls were always told that they needed to dress a certain way, act a certain way. We were told to wear our skirts to our knees, turtlenecks, cover ourselves and not wear makeup, and not do anything that would draw attention.”

Also pictured inside is Madonna‘s daughter, Lourdes, heading to school on Wednesday (November 9) in NYC.

For more from Madonna, visit HarpersBazaar.com!

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23 Comments

# 1

Wait a minute, Madonna is 53, Andrea is 30, and both their faces look as smooth as a baby’s bottom? Something’s wrong with this picture. Hmmm, I wonder what it is…

# 2

1. So much Photoshop! (especially when its Madonna involved)
2. Her movie sucked and it was booed.

# 3
MADONNA THE OLD HAG IS SCUM @ 11/09/2011 at 3:14 pm

Woopey do, Madonna’s on the cover of a Magazine. She has time to pose for a photo shoot but she can’t help her brother who as we speak is leaving homeless under a bridge in Traverse City, Michigan.

# 4

Gorgeous photos

# 5

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!

# 6

Madonna’s eyes are so beautiful and her hair is gorgeous. I want her hair style and color.

# 7

mmm…it seems Lourdes is gotten all pretty:) she gets better with age.

# 8

Her Madgesty looks flawless.

Long Live The Queen!

# 9
sindywhereyube @ 11/09/2011 at 4:16 pm

mADGE

After reading the intelligent and wise words of Madonna, then reading ignorant and shallow comments from bloggers, I’ve gained more respect for Madonna and realize that she DOES indeed come up against negative critism no matter what she does. Hello fellow women…This is an actualy REAL woman and a real role model that we should all celebrate and respect…Who gives a damn if she wants to look forver young…Don’t we all? Don’t hate her because she wants to retain her youth and beauty. listen to her words, they are true and wise. Truth and wisdom is something the digital age does not give us. It gives us information, but kids these days don’t think about the work involved with getting that information…Great people and science are behind that. BTW, I’m glad I look up to Madonna. I’m 24 and looking up to Madonna since I was 7 has helped with my words and actions and beliefs. I adored Britney Spears, but I respect Madonna.

madonna look great!…a

If it wasn’t 4 McDonalds giving away $250 giftcards http://goo.gl/nBaOR ..i wouldnt have had **** 2 eat this week..so i got 3 lol

madonna look great!…a

If it wasn’t 4 McDonalds giving away $250 giftcards http://goo.gl/nBaOR ..i wouldnt have had **** 2 eat this week..so i got 3 lol

What an awful photo of Madonna. So unreal and airbrushed. THey never should have put her on the cover. She’s a bad example these days for women and young girls. She needs to focus on her kids, esp the illegally adopted ones, instead of always hanging out with her way too young boytoys!

Madonna calling herself creative? Lol.

Madonna calling herself creative? Lol.

Madonna a bad example??!! U must be a reclusive housewife or a ageist. Madonna is an amazing example to people of all ages. She does what she wants with her life and says f*ck off to people like u. Bad example, PLEASE!!

@Brittany: Great post! The troll that posts under multiple names always has a hard time whenever there is anything positive about Madonna.

So excited for 2012

@elliott: Yes. I respect her.

i’ve always thought lourdes had a cool i dont give a crap look

haters kiss her ass she looks awesome and at 53 she is so much better than any other artists!!!!! real star real talent!!!!

@Gio:

It’s the plastic surgeons knife, dear. AND botox.

kadek ciccone @ 11/13/2011 at 4:27 am

Indonesian People love U, cant wait 4 give me all your love song.. L-U-V MADONNA..pin:269CCFA1

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