MADONNA’S BILLBOARD INTERVIEW: “I was Put on This Earth to Fight for the Underdog and Fight Against Discrimination”

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“Art is how I change the world.” Madonna is Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year.

Madonna is Billboard’s “Woman of the Year”

03-update-madonna-fea-bb31-6p-billboard-1500Madonna’s Billboard interview is conducted by the talented actress, producer, director Elizabeth Banks. The magazine describes the interview with Madonna as provocative. Maybe it is, in a sense. For us, it’s a conversation that touches on familiar themes: Madonna’s attention to detail, interest in politics, and her love and dedication to her family. Not that we’re complaining. Madonna is a hero among heroes.

Read Madonna’s full interview with Elizabeth Banks here, but below are some of our favorite excerpts.

On Control…

Will there ever be a time that you let go of that control, or is this like, “I have to?”

I have to.

Where does that come from?

Obviously, you could say it has to do with my childhood, if you’re going to psychoanalyze me: My mother dying and me not being told, and a sense of loss and betrayal and surprise. Then feeling out of control for the majority of my childhood, and becoming an artist and saying that I will control everything. No one will speak for me, no one will make decisions for me. You could say I’m a super control freak. That’s what everybody likes to say. I don’t want to have an event that I’m not proud of. It’s like everything that I do. My shows, my films, my house, the way I raise my children. I take great offense when details are overlooked.

Madonna on Trump's election: "It felt like someone died. It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death." Image Amplified www.imageamplified.com
Madonna on Trump’s election: “It felt like someone died. It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death.”

On the Election of Donald Trump…

Speaking of: How did you feel about the outcome of the election?

It felt like someone died. It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death. I feel that way every morning; I wake up and say, “Oh, wait, Donald Trump is still the president,” and it wasn’t a bad dream that I had. It feels like women betrayed us. The percentage of women who voted for Trump was insanely high.

Why do you think that is?

Women hate women. That’s what I think it is. Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad. Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children. Women turn inward and men are more external. A lot of it has do with jealousy and some sort of tribal inability to accept that one of their kind could lead a nation. Other people just didn’t bother to vote because they didn’t like either candidate, or they didn’t think Trump had a chance in the world. They took their hands off the wheel and then the car crashed.

Were you surprised?
Of course. I was devastated, surprised, in shock. I haven’t really had a good night’s sleep since he has been elected. We’re f—ed.

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ARIANNE PHILLIPS ON WORKING WITH MADONNA, IN BILLBOARD: “She’s an Artist Who’s Seen by the World.”

Arianne Phillips designed costumes for Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour. "She's an artist who's seen by the world," says the stylist of Madonna in an interview with Billboard Magazine. Image Amplified www.imageamplified.com
Arianne Phillips on working with Madonna: “She’s an artist who’s seen by the world.”  Their relationship has lasted nearly twenty years, and the stylist recently designed costumes for the Rebel Heart Tour.

Arianne Phillips Describes Her Work with Madonna

By now we all know Madonna collaborates with some of the biggest names in fashion. After all, she’s been combining music, fashion and politics for over twenty-five years. Jean Paul Gaultier’s architectural cone bra, Dsquared2’s denim, Moschino’s black and gold leather streetwear. Any mental image of Madonna incorporates a well choreographed pose dressed in a heightened version of what’s hottest in fashion at the moment.

However, maybe somewhat less known, Academy Award-nominated stylist and costume designer Arianne Phillips has put a lot of work into helping Madonna reach fashion icon status. Their relationship spans twenty years, surely making it one of Madonna’s longest lasting professional relationships. Recently, Phillips designed the first look from Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, for which she drew inspiration from John Galliano and Murmur.

In her interview with Billboard,

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Madonna’s “Frozen” is one of Phillips’ favorite style moments.

Phillips, who cites the 1998 “Frozen” video, the 2000 “Don’t Tell Me” video and the 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards as three of her favorite style moments, says that working with Madonna is both rewarding and challenging: ”She’s an artist who’s seen by the world.” (See videos below.)

So Arriane Phillips’ favorite Madonna style moments happened within a two-year span, apparently. We happen to be fans of her recent collaborations with Jeremy Scott and Moschino, and Gucci.  Continue reading “ARIANNE PHILLIPS ON WORKING WITH MADONNA, IN BILLBOARD: “She’s an Artist Who’s Seen by the World.””

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