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Monday, August 18, 2008

Madonna Fifty Equals Fierce!!!!

Madonna turned the big 5-0 over the weekend and she looks better than ever!!! Here are some of my favorite looks she has metamorphosed over the years.

A tough-to-beat champ on – and off – the stage, Madonna suited up as a heavyweight boxer in press photos for Hard Candy, her 11th studio album, which was released 25 years after that first Solid Gold appearance. Now 50, Madonna's embarking on yet another ambitious tour. "I'm not sure I can sing 'Holiday' or 'Like a Virgin' ever again," the singer told New York's Z100-FM. "I just can't – unless somebody paid me like $30 million or something."

She may have be dripping in $20 million Harry Winston diamonds, but it was neither her bling, nor her daringly low-cut Bob Mackie gown, that had people talking at the 1991 Academy Awards. Madonna arrived with Michael Jackson, and whispered and giggled in his ear at the post-show bash at Spago. But it was all just for show, with Madonna soon ditching the King of Pop for beau Warren Beatty.

Channeling the look of Marie Antoinette's court at Versailles, Madonna thrilled the crowd at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards with a lush, naughty performance of "Vogue." Although the video snagged best direction, it lost video of the year (to Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U").

No one can "strike a pose" like Madonna. Taking the dance craze out of New York's gay underground and on the road, the singer vogued her way around the world on her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour in her iconic Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra.

A steamy embrace with a saint, a burning cross and a loose shoulder strap would all add up to one of the pop singer's biggest media storms. After the debut of "Like a Prayer" on March 3, 1989, the Vatican banned her from performing in Italy and Pepsi dropped her from its ad campaign – but Madonna kept her reported $5 million fee.

Another day, another controversy! In the 1986 clip for "Open Your Heart," Madonna played an exotic dancer – tassels, fishnets and all – who befriends a minor after he sneaks into her strip club. Although groups protested the use of the youth, Madonna later described the clip as a statement about innocence.

Paying homage to Marilyn Monroe's performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" (from 1953's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), Madonna charmed suitors and picked up baubles in a slinky pink satin gown in the 1985 video for "Material Girl." Although it wouldn't be the last time she echoed Monroe, the pop star later said, "I don't think I'm like Marilyn Monroe in a lot of ways. The main thing that we have in common is that we bleach our hair.

After Madonna – clad in a tulle skirt, garters, a white bustier and a "Boy Toy" belt buckle – writhed her way through the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, underwear was suddenly the new outerwear. "It's not like I was saying, 'Don't pay attention to the clothes – to the lingerie – I'm wearing,' " she told Rolling Stone. "Actually, the fact that I was wearing those clothes was meant to drive home the point that you can be sexy and strong at the same time. In a way, it was necessary to wear the clothes."


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