Madonna at 64: see how she transformed as a style icon

Madonna in the 80s and 90s
Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone
Just 35 dollars and a dream
Beginnings as a dancer
Madonna auditioned for Fame
Madonna's first hits
Style icon
Brunette, blonde, curls, and short hair
Like a Prayer
Blonde ambition
Michael Jackson and Madonna
Acting
Madonna and Sean Penn
Who's that Girl?
A film, an album, a music video, a tour
Madonna in the '90s
Madonna's looks
Madonna in the 21st century
Keep dancing
Madonna in her forties and fifties
Kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 MTV VMAs
Madonna's daughter Lourdes Leon
Big concerts and four albums
Madonna's net worth
Cosmetic retouches
An icon
Madonna in the 80s and 90s

Madonna blew up the charts and became a global pop queen in the 1980s. Here she is on the brink of a new decade, in 1990s. But whatever date we put on the Ambitious Blonde, her legion of fans surpasses generations because she never goes out of fashion.

Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone

Madonna was born on August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan. This is one of her school photos.

Just 35 dollars and a dream

At the age of 20, Madonna moved to New York to study contemporary dance. "No YouTube, no Vine, no The Voice, no American Idol, no Disney," she recalls on Instagram. "Just 35 dollars and a dream."

Beginnings as a dancer

Madonna started out as a model and a dancer in other artists' shows. She toured with Patrick Hernandez, singer of the hit 'Born to Be Alive.'

Madonna auditioned for Fame

The singer also auditioned for a role in the famous TV series 'Fame.' She didn't get the part.

Madonna's first hits

While performing with a band called 'Emmy,' Madonna managed to reach fame as a solo artist. In 1982, she released her first album - 'Madonna' - which included one of her first hits: 'Holiday'.

Style icon

Madonna has always been a striking appearance and a fashion icon pushing boundaries.

Brunette, blonde, curls, and short hair

In the 1980s, the world fell in love with the talented singer and her ever-changing looks.

Like a Prayer

In terms of lyrics, Madonna also moved boundaries. One of her early hits was the spicy 'Like a Virgin,' and one of her most memorable songs is 'Like a Prayer.' It's a gospel-inspired pop song with church scenes and burning crosses in the video, referring to Madonna's strict upbringing as a Catholic girl as well as to racism in the U.S.

Blonde ambition

Madonna's fashion and music trajectory includes tributes to powerful women of the past. At some point, she began recreating Marilyn Monroe's style. She called herself "the blonde ambition."

Michael Jackson and Madonna

Madonna became part of the celebrity universe, in which Michael Jackson was also a steady presence. She often met Jackson at parties and music events, still unaware of the scandals that would affect him some time later.

Acting

As stars often do, Madonna made the leap to another art besides singing and dancing. She acted in the film 'Desperately Seeking Susan' along with Rosanna Arquette. Coming out in 1985, the film was quite successful and became somewhat of a cult hit.

Madonna and Sean Penn

In 1986, Madonna starred in the film 'Shanghai Surprise' next to Sean Penn. The movie was a flop, but Penn would become her boyfriend in real life.

Who's that Girl?

And do you remember this film and soundtrack from 1987? 'Who's that Girl' starred Griffin Dunne alongside the superstar.

 

A film, an album, a music video, a tour

Madonna always managed to deliver a complete package. If the movie didn't become a blockbuster, she'd always have the album with a couple of hit songs on it.

Madonna in the '90s

Madonna continued to look for novelty. In the '90s, she constantly surprised people, going from her scandalous 'Erotica' shows, book, and film, to the mainstream musical 'Evita.'

Madonna's looks

Her looks varied over time. In the late '90s, Madonna began to use oriental influences in her music and performances. Her unique identity always remained recognizable though.

Madonna in the 21st century

The passing of the years has not stolen a drop of energy and style from Madonna.

Keep dancing

She has shown how experience can help overcome risks. The 2005 album 'Confessions on a Dance Floor' had some music videos with explicit and energetic choreographies of which nearly-fifties' Madonna was not afraid at all.

Madonna in her forties and fifties

Going through physical changes and dealing with a stormy private life - four children, two of whom adopted, and relationships, one of them with director Guy Ritchie - Madonna continued to adapt effortlessly to the latest trends in style and music.

Kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 MTV VMAs

The MTV Awards 2003 made history with the kiss between Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera. Besides giving an excellent show, they left everyone speechless with an unexpected kiss on stage.

Madonna's daughter Lourdes Leon

Madonna's eldest daughter Lourdes Leon was born in 1996. Over the years, she brought out a side of the superstar that we had not seen before: a loving and concerned mother.

Big concerts and four albums

In the 2010s, Madonna worked on groundbreaking performances and released four albums. She broke viewers' records at the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show.

Madonna's net worth

Her net worth is estimated at $850 million by publications like 'Forbes,' making her one of the best paid singers in the world.

Cosmetic retouches

To keep looking young in her 60s, Madonna has turned to several cosmetic procedures.

An icon

Despite all changes, Madonna continues to be an icon that has occupied the covers of the most important magazines in the world. As an artist, he continues to shine.

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