Madonna starts the New Year off with a bang, landing on the newest edition of Harper’s Bazaar in celebration of the magazine’s 150th-anniversary issue.
The Queen of Pop gets down on her hands and knees for the spread, which sees her don a myriad of 1920s-inspired looks for the Luigi & Lango directed shoot.
“Crawling my way back to work and into the arms of Harper’s Bazaar,” Madonna captioned the pic on Instagram.
The accompanying interview captures Madonna lamenting the downfalls that come with living an “unconventional” life in the spotlight. “I’ve always felt oppressed. I know a lot of people would go, ‘Oh, that’s ridiculous for you to say that. You’re a successful white, wealthy pop star,’ but I’ve had the s*** kicked out of me for my entire career,” she shared. “And a large part of that is because I’m female and also because I refuse to live a conventional life. I’ve created a very unconventional family. I have lovers who are three decades younger than me. This makes people very uncomfortable.”
Madonna also goes on to reveal plans to take up stand-up comedy in 2017. “I’m liking the idea more and more of just standing up with a microphone and talking,” Madonna explained. “I keep telling [my former show opener] Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock that I’m going to do stand-up and they’d better watch out. I’m coming. I’m coming right behind them.”
With the mesmerizing photoshoot comes a short video in which Madonna serves up even more of her signature sassy stares and longing gazes. “Lost and found,” she captioned the clip on Instagram.
2017 will also be the year that Madonna steps back into the director’s chair, when she leads the big screen adaptation of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells”.
“It touches on a lot of really important topics I’ve always been invested in or championed – fighting for women’s rights, gay rights, civil rights, always fighting for the underdog,” she told the magazine. “I feel like everything I do makes people feel really uncomfortable. Why does this book appeal to me? Why did I want to adapt it into a screenplay? Because it touches me on so many levels and it deals with so many important topics. Right now, more than ever, it’s an extremely timely story to tell.”
Madonna’s latest cover hits newsstands Jan. 17.
"I refuse to live a conventional life. I've created a very unconventional family. I have lovers who are three decades younger than me. This makes people very uncomfortable." —@Madonna talks more about her life in the limelight for our February 2017 cover (link in bio). #BAZAAR150 Photography by @LuigiandIango Styling by @AriannePhillips