Madonna and W.E. star Andrea Riseborough are US Harper\’s Bazaar\’s December 2011/January 2012 issue cover girls, as photographed by Tom Munro andÂ styled by Arianne Phillips for an editorial titled “The Director’s Cut.”
Promoting her new directorial project W.E., a cinematic version of the story of Wallis Simpson, the American divorcÃ©e for whom British monarch King Edward VIII famously abdicated the throne in 1936. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival this fall to mixed reactions and will open stateside in December. “Making movies is really hard. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she says. The film also stars our very own Abbie Cornish.
Inside Madonna shares:
On her sense of self: “I think it\’s just that as a creative person, in all the different things that I\’ve done or ways that I\’ve found to express myself, I\’ve consistently come up against resistance in certain areas. I think that the world is not comfortable with female sexuality. It\’s always coming from a male point of view, and a woman is being objectified by a manâ€”and even women are comfortable with that. But when a woman does it, ironically, women are uncomfortable with it. I think a lot of that has to do with conditioning.”
On changing that: “The fact that I didn\’t have a mother helped me in some respect, and that I didn\’t have a female role model. I was always very aware of sexual politics, growing up in a Catholic-Italian family in the Midwest, seeing that my brothers could do what they wanted but the girls were always told that they needed to dress a certain way, act a certain way. We were told to wear our skirts to our knees, turtlenecks, cover ourselves and not wear makeup, and not do anything that would draw attention.”
You can read more of Madonna’s interview at the Harpers Bazaar website.
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