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life magazine cover
Life Magazine December 1986: Cover – That Fabulous Couple Madonna and the Camera
Throughout the 20th century there have been few women who have become as iconic as
Beginning her music career in 1980, Madonna has evolved over the years, and still,
two decades later, she continues to be a household name. She has become such a pop cultural
icon that “few self-respecting cultural critics would go a whole book without addressing
Madonna” (Mezey, 1994, p. 1850).
It is through her music, her style, and her personal identity
that has made Madonna the most influential woman in American pop culture.
1986, Madonna graced the cover of Life Magazine, with the title, “That Fabulous Couple
Madonna and the Camera.”
With short curly bleached blonde hair, bright red lipstick, and a
strapless, revealing bustier, she poses alone on the cover with no backdrop and captures the
audience’s attention with not only her beauty, but more importantly, her confidence, standing
there, as if to say, “Here I am.”
Madonna’s first CD, a self titled collection of ten songs was released in 1983 with her
first single “Everybody” topping out the Billboard disco chart at number three. (UltraStar
Entertainment LLC, 2008).
Madonna’s “early music and songs are rather conventional popular
dance music aimed at a teenage market” (Peach, 1998, p. 191), while much of her music was
bubble-gum she soon began to touch on much deeper issues.
In her music video for
“Borderline,” Madonna “offers herself to males of various colors” and by doing this “broke
down racial barriers to sexuality” (Peach, 1998, p. 193), an issue that not much attention had
been paid to before.
Over the years “her music shifted from disco and bubble-gum rock to
personal statement and melodic torch singing, then, with the aid of her music videos, to pop
modernism” (Peach, 1998, p. 191). Through both her music and her music videos Madonna
touches on themes such as gender, sexuality, identity, and race.
She helped to “reveal sexuality
to be a construct, fabricated in part by the images and codes of popular culture, rather than a