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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 Madonna has. 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.
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