MADONNA’S LOST NUDES leaked Cosmopolitan USA – May 2015 She’s won seven Grammys, sold 300 million records and released 13 albums, including this year’s Rebel Heart. But before she was the Material Girl, an unknown Madonna sat for photographer Martin H.M. Schreiber in 1979 for an ethereal photo shoot. These rare images, some never before seen, are collected in Schreiber’s new book, A Retrospective 1966-2014 (Duncan Meeder/Leica Store Lisse, Netherlands), out this month, not to mention the May issue of Playboy magazine. Together with Playboy.com, we give you an exclusive sneak peek. MAGNIFICI NT MAVERICK.. IN MAY 1990, THOSE TWO WORDS HEADLINED MADONNA AS THE COVER STAR OF COSMO’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE. NOW, 25 YEARS ATUi THE ICON SITS DOWN WITH COSMO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JOANNA COLES AND MUSIC EDITOR SERGIO KLETNOY TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF POWER PROVOCATION AND IViNG THAT COSMO-GIRL LIFE.
Between Madonna’s triple-wide town house on Manhat-tan’s Upper East Side and the sidewalk stands an iron gate so formidable, you half expect to find Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch on the other side. Yet no wall—steel, fire, or otherwise—could prevent the leak of tracks from her latest album, Rebel Heart, at the end of last year. On the day of our date with Madonna, justice has been served. An Israeli man allegedly responsible for the hacking was arrested earlier that morning. Madonna, splayed on a sofa in her living room sans makeup but fully loaded in long chain necklaces and oversize rings, is rattled by the news. “Strangely, I don’t feel thrilled,” she says, jangling a stack of bracelets. Even here, surrounded by family photos, a library of well-thumbed books (Anne Lamott’s child-rearing memoir, Operating Instructions, betrays a lot of love at its edges), and cherished paint-ings by artists both famous (Fernand Leger) and friend (Keith Haring), there’s a sense of unease. “I’m happy he’s caught,” she says, “but he’s been hacking into my server and the servers of people around me for more than a decade. It’s a deeply disturbing violation. This is only the beginning.” If we’ve learned anything from her Madges-ty’s 30-year reign, it’s that no man—nor anyone or any-thing, for that matter—can keep her down.
Take, for example, The Fall. A month after we meet, Madonna will wipe out onstage during a live performance of “Living for Love” at the Brit Awards. The clip—a perpetual loop of the singer falling over and over again, her Armani cape bal-looning like a parachute—goes viral before the show is even over. But what the six-second Vine doesn’t capture is Madonna’s recovery. She gets backup, she carries on, and she, well, Madon-nas the hell out of the performance. Madonna (v): to persevere and provoke, to own your ambition, beliefs, and of course, sexuality. It’s no wonder that among the top-10-grossing concert tours of all time, she’s the lone female act—outshining and sometimes outselling The Rolling Stones and the boys of U2. “I wouldn’t want a penis,” she wrote in her controversial 1992 book, Sex. “I think I have a dick in my brain. I don’t need to have one between my legs.” Think like a man? The real key to success just might be to think like Madonna.
cosmo: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE ALBUM TITLE, REBEL HEART AFTER 30 YEARS, WHAT ARE YOU STILL REBELLING AGAINST? MADONNA: Don’t be fooled, not much has changed—certainly not for women. We still live in a very sexist society that wants to limit people. Since I started, I’ve had people giving me a hard time because they