Madonna was my childhood idol; I was lucky enough to grow up with her during her saucy, cheeky pre-”Like A Virgin” phase, when she looked like an East Village urchin. Of course, I didn’t know what the East Village was at the time, but it’s probably because of Madonna that I eventually did.
She was a gateway for a curiosity about a certain type of experience, and she always seemed fun. Maybe it’s lame, because I became curious about modern art at a young age because of Madonna, and queer culture, and feminism, and so much more else.
Nowadays I have a more complicated relationship to Madonna as a pop culture entity — and, let’s get real, MDNA is my least-favorite Madonna record so far — but loyal to the end, I still love her and her Pussy Riot-supporting self. In an age where pop stars are “brands” and have “platforms” and “followings,” there’s something about Madonna that seems beyond all that, as business-savvy as she is — a kind of intransigence and stubbornness. Sometimes it manifests itself oddly, as I get older myself, I appreciate her resilience, longevity and willingness to troop forward.
This entry is part of the August Break, organized by the lovely Susannah Conway. A pic a day, words optional. Just life and pictures in the final gasp of summer before fall’s purposefulness sets in. To see all the August Break entries so far, click here.
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