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 constantly 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).
Each decade she has reinvented herself to move
forward with the changing time.
Through her music, her style, and her personal identity
Madonna has reached iconic status and is constantly pushing the envelope for what is acceptable
in American culture.
In December 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). Other songs that eventually became smash hits included “Holiday” and
“Borderline.” 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