So many people talk about Madonna and why they think she’s been so successful and influential in pop culture. She’s the queen of reinventing herself, blah blah blah. We’ve heard it a thousand times, but here’s something a little different. The fabulous Sandra Bernhard gives us her thoughts on Maddy and it’s the most insightful 2 minutes of Madonna talk I’ve heard in awhile.
SIDEBAR: I don’t have National Geographic Channel so I missed their lovely anthropologic examination of the 80s. Did you watch?
Thirty years in and Madonna is still owning red carpets. In fact, she was one of the very few at this year’s Costume Institute Gala to even take a risk. This is, of course, why we love her. She’s wearing head-to-toe Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci. Of course, her punk look is a nod to this year’s Met exhibit, ‘Punk: From Chaos To Couture’. The Gala (and ensuing red carpet) celebrate the opening night of the annual exhibition on fashion.
Jump in to see her look. There’s even a pic of her vacuuming up around the house before the big night.
I can’t wait to see this documentary. In this clip from, ‘The Man Behind The Throne’, Vincent Patterson talks about working with Madonna on the oft-copied Blond Ambition tour. He mentions how it was the first tour to ever include so many costumed dancers, props, and sets. The style of pop spectacle that Blond Ambition pioneered is simply de rigueur today, but at the time it was such a huge deal. I remember watching it at the Oakland Coliseum with two friends. We were in awe. Amazing!
I’m sure Vincent has some amazing stories.
Above: Madonna with Anjimile Oponyo in Malawi in 2010 (before she fired her).
We all know that Madonna has had her hand in Malawi for a few years with her Raising Malawi charity (and that she’s also adopted two kids from the impoverished African country). And we all know how she had planned to build an ‘Academy for Girls’ there, but that was scrapped in favor of partnering with BuildOn to create several smaller schools. Well, now Malawi isn’t happy. The government and its president, Joyce Banda have decided to publicly trash Madonna in the press, calling her a ‘bully’ and ‘uncooth’.
According to a government spokesperson,
Madonna is partnering with Sotheby’s auction house to put her 1921 Fernand Léger painting, ‘Trois Femmes à la Table Rouge’ up on the block. Proceeds will benefit girls’ education initiatives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries via the Ray of Light Foundation. Madonna purchased the painting at Sotheby’s in 1990 for $3.4 million. It’s now expected to go for $5 million to $7 million.
Madonna posted the following statement on her website:
UPDATE: Forbes says Madonna is NOT a billionaire…yet. (The original story continues below).
The NY Post is reporting that Madonna has now moved into the billion dollar club. WWD had long reported her net worth to be around $700 million, but her recent MDNA tour and a string of successful business ventures has pushed her over the top.
Jump in to see a list of her recent successes and how much money they’ve brought her.