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).
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 and setting the standard 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).
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