Madonna is slamming her recent New York Times profile.
The lengthy article — titled “Madonna at Sixty” — was published on Wednesday, and on Thursday morning, the singer took to Instagram to criticize it. Madonna shared an outtake from the accompanying photoshoot for the piece as well as behind-the-scenes photos, and said she was upset that the writer continuously focused on her age.
“To say that I was disappointed in the article would be an understatement,” she wrote. “It seems. You cant fix society And its endless need to diminish, Disparage or degrade that which they know is good. Especially strong independent women. The journalist who wrote this article spent days and hours and months with me and was invited into a world which many people dont get to see, but chose to focus on trivial and superficial matters such as the ethnicity of my stand in or the fabric of my curtains and never ending comments about my age which would never have been mentioned had I been a MAN! Women have a really hard time being the champions of other women even if. they are posing as intellectual feminists.”
“Im sorry i spent 5 minutes with her,” she added. “It makes me feel raped. And yes I’m allowed to use that analogy having been raped at the age of 19. Further proof that the N.Y.T. Is one of the founding fathers of the Patriarchy. And I say — DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY woven deep into the fabric of Society. I will never stop fighting to eradicate it.”
ET reached out to The New York Times, which declined comment.
Interestingly enough, Madonna also says she felt “raped” in the article, when she talked about songs from her Rebel Heart album leaking early in 2015.
“There are no words to describe how devastated I was,” she says. “It took me a while to recover, and put such a bad taste in my mouth I wasn’t really interested in making music. I felt raped.”
The profile piece — which opens describing her rehearsal for her 2019 Billboard Music Awards performance and notes that the singer’s stand-in is “younger and looked Asian” — in part focuses on how the singer is currently adapting to the pop music world, whose audience is skewing younger and younger due to the popularity of streaming. The article does stress her legend status, and Madonna herself is asked about being “creative, provocative and sexual over 60.”
“It’s almost like a crime,” Madonna says.
“You can’t win,” she later says about the struggle middle-aged women face when it comes to social media. “An a** shot will get you more followers, but it will also get you more detractors and criticism. You’re in that funny place.”
The writer also notes of Madonna’s career, “It was depressing that the younger generation didn’t seem to have an understanding of the way Madonna had used her iron will to forge a particular type of highly autobiographical, uber-empowered, hypersexualized female pop star who became the dominant model of femininity across the nation. Without Madonna, we don’t have Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and maybe even Janelle Monae.”
The best Black Friday 2019 deals on celebrity fashion and beauty brands
Thanksgiving is about more than just food and family time — it’s also a great excuse to go shopping, thanks to all the epic Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals out there.
This year, you can look forward to deep discounts on celebrity fashion and beauty brands ranging from Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty to Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James. And since it’s always best to go in with a game plan, we’ve laid out all the best deals below.
Draper James: From Nov. 27 – Dec. 2, Reese Witherspoon’s fashion and lifestyle brand will be marked down 25 percent sitewide.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna: In advance of Sephora’s larger Black Friday deals, get a jump start on holiday gifting by scooping up frost-inspired favorites at 50% off, like the Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette ($27, was $54), Frosted Metal Lipstick Trio ($19, was $39) and Avalanche All-Over Metallic Powder Set ($49, was $99).
Florence by Mills: As part of Ulta’s Holiday Haul, get a free 10-piece gift when you spend $60 online on items from Millie Bobby Brown’s new beauty and skincare line (or anything sitewide) — like her currently-on-sale Love Liv Eyeshadow Palette ($16.80, was $24).
KKW Beauty / KKW Fragrance: As part of Ulta’s Holiday Haul, score a free 10-piece gift when you spend $60 online on items from Kim Kardashian’s beauty brands (or anything sitewide).
KORA Organics: As you await Sephora’s Black Friday super-sales, get glowing with some deeply discounted Sun-Kissed Body Glow Oil ($29, was $58) from Miranda Kerr’s beauty line.
Kylie Cosmetics / Kylie Skin: As part of Ulta’s Holiday Haul, pick up a free 10-piece gift when you spend $60 online on items from Kylie Jenner’s beauty brands (or anything sitewide).
Savage x Fenty: During what Rihanna’s lingerie line has dubbed “Cyber Month,” take 65% off sitewide.
By Elana Fishman
Rihanna on biography being all photos, says her fans would ‘rather look at pictures than read’
Rihanna is definitely a woman of the times.
And she knows her audience, too.
The pop superstar has released a new book, a larger-than-life, coffee table book of photos being billed as a “visual biography.”
Over 5 years in the making… happy to finally share this collection of incredible memories. Thanks to all of the photographers & artists that contributed & to @phaidon for working with me to publish my first piece of art in a new industry! pre-order on https://t.co/XIX4c7zPdI 📚 pic.twitter.com/9aXtjzFDIJ
— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 7, 2019
Published by the London-based Phaidon, “Rihanna” features over a thousand pictures that the pop star herself chose, from images of her childhood, to tour snaps and behind-the-scenes moments.
The nine-time Grammy Award winner believes the book, although priced upwards of $175 a pop, is more accessible to her legion of fans as opposed to other celebrity biographies.
“I don’t got time for a memoir, girl,” Rihanna told Women’s Wear Daily about the collectible memoir. “And my fans are young and they’ve got Attention Deficit Disorder; they’d rather look at pictures than read, let’s be real.”
“But it’s something that we both can enjoy,” the Def Jam Records diva added. “I get to share these moments in a visual way. These are moments that my fans either have been a part of, can relate to, or haven’t had access to. So it’s a combination of me and them and sharing my memories and my life, some of which they’ve been there for, a lot of which they’ve seen evolve before their eyes.”
DKNY Celebrates 30 Years with Halsey and the Martinez Brothers
New York is too large and all-encompassing to fit into one box. It can be dark and gritty, posh and glamorous, or cool and laidback. Collecting all those many shades of the city that never sleeps and packaging it in a concise way is DKNY, the fashion label founded in 1989 by designer Donna Karan as a younger-leaning offshoot of her larger, eponymous brand. 30 years later, it is all that is left standing of the LVMH-owned company.
To celebrate DKNY’s longevity, the brand has enlisted three native New Yorkers to front its anniversary campaign, each conveying a passion that the Big Apple fostered. Singer Halsey (née Ashley Nicolette Frangipane) is the face for the women’s line, while music producers Steven and Chris Martinez of the Martinez Brothers take charge of the men’s. The two associated videos showcase the sensory overload that is this city through fast-paced camera movements, flashing red lights, and stacked television screens in a studio space. The two clips mirror one another in terms of look, but clearly differ in the attire and gestures.
In Halsey’s video, she is seen in a number of outfits: a sleek black suit with pumps, a blazer dress, denim separates, and a leopard-print sports bra, bike shorts, and sneakers. She dances along the thumping background music, and, towards the end, picks up brushes and paint to create a Pollock-style work. This is in reference to her arts upbringing (she enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design before dropping out due to financial hardships). Although she makes her living as a musician, she still readily presents her paintings on her Instagram.
The Martinez Brothers, on the other hand, display their mastery of the turntables, something they developed as local DJs before touring the globe. “We were born and raised in the Bronx,” they jointly express in a statement. “We are blessed to have found our passion through music. It’s taken us to the far corners of the world, and along the way, we have met so many people and have had the craziest adventures.” Both don a selection of coats, suits, and daywear that, according to them, typify their home city. “[New York] made us who we are, and is with us always wherever we may be. You can hear it in the music we play, and how we talk, and see it in the way we dress. That’s why this partnership with DKNY is and so natural, and makes perfect sense for us.”
By enlisting a fresh-faced crop of celebrities with strong ties to New York, DKNY is making the case that it is still the ultimate purveyor of the city’s style. It’s all in line with the brand’s heritage of incorporating iconic elements of New York life—from the taxi cabs to the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building—that are cast atop an assortment of sleek and sporty silhouettes. Three decades on, DKNY still hews to a visual language that, by and large, appeals to all cultures, one that collects all that the city represents and places it into a box ready for purchase.
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