Madonna lands Harper’s Bazaar Us Magazine’s 150th anniversary special. On the Cover Madonna wears a Gucci gown; Madonna's own snake bracelet; Bulgari bracelet; Tiffany & Co. bracelet; Fallon ring; Loree Rodkin ring (on pinky finger); Lynn Ban ring (on index finger). She is photographed by Luigi & Iango. She speaks to Roxane Gay about issues ranging from politics to what motivates her. Here is an excert from the Interview with the pop icon
Roxane Gay: As an artist, whether it's in film or music or writing, do you think your work is political?
Roxane Gay: How so?
Madonna: Because I'm political. I believe in freedom of expression, I don't believe in censorship. I believe in equal rights for all people. And I believe women should own their sexuality and sexual expression. I don't believe there's a certain age where you can't say and feel and be who you want to be. All you have to do is look at my career—from my Sex book to the songs I've written, kissing a black saint in my "Like a Prayer" video, the themes I explored on my Erotica album. As I get older and I get better at writing and expressing myself, then you get into my American Life era, and I start talking about politics and government and how fucked our country's politics are, and the illusion of fame and Hollywood and the beautiful people.
Roxane Gay: How do you stay motivated after accomplishing so much?
Madonna: Art keeps me alive. I've obviously been devastated or heartbroken all my life, since my mother's death. I've had so many challenges throughout my career, however successful people perceive me to be. The only way I've been able to survive the betrayal of lovers, family members, and society is to be able to create as an artist.
Roxane Gay: What beyond art gives you that kind of drive to keep doing what you do?