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Icon of Postmodernity
By: Mimi Makabi
The polyvalent artist, Madonna, has made an impact and penetrated the world’s collective consciousness eversince breaking onto the scene over twenty-five years ago. At 50 and looking better than ever, Madonna remains at the top of her game with her well deserved taut body and terrific laurels. She has firmly held her crown while spending her career reinventing herself—like no female artist has done before.
Since she exploded onto the charts in the early 1980’s, Madonna has been pop's most enduring star, an icon of music and style and a shrewd businesswoman. She has consistently come up with hit after hit, harnessing the prevailing musical trends of the time - from the fantastic pop of “Like A Virgin,” to the futuristic sounds of her latest number one, “4 Minutes.”
Once hailed as a “Dynamic Diva,” and crowned “Queen of Reinvention,” her shrewd and ceaseless determination to succeed, coupled with her ever-evolving and ever-shocking image, she has made sure that – whether you like her or not - Madonna is omnipresent.
A cultural innovator of astonishing diversity and enduring appeal, Madonna has defined our era with her sound, style and vision that has inspired countless artists and fans around the globe.
The world-famous blonde was a dark-haired child born into a large, devout Italian-Catholic family in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958. Her strict disciplinarian father brought her up after her mother's death at age 30.
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