Madonna To Feature In Playboy, But Nude Photos Date From 1979

Madonna to appear in playboy

Madonna, the original “material girl,” is to feature in a forthcoming issue of men’s magazine Playboy. The 56-year-old Madonna has recently been in dispute with the BBC over Radio 1’s refusal to playl her latest single. Madonna claimed that the BBC were being “ageist” by refusing to play the record, but the BBC hit back saying that Madonna’s music was no longer relevant to their audience. Fear not though, the nude shots of Madonna are not her way of hitting back at claims that she is over the hill. These shots date all the way back to 1979.

According to Fox News, the candid shots of a 21-year-old Madonna taken by photographer Martin H.M. Schreiber in 1979 are appearing for the first time in Playboy’s May 2015 issue. Schrieber’s nude photographs of Madonna were shot before the singer hit the big time in 1983, and they were shot in black and white.

The 35-yer-old nude photographs of Madonna have never been seen before, and according to the NY Daily News, they will be used in a feature called “Madonna: The Lost Nudes.” Madonna, who’s real name is Madonna Louise Ciccone, is almost as famous for her raunchy stage shows as she is for her music. They will also feature in a new book by Schreiber which is to be entitled A Retrospective 1966-2014.

According to Yibada, Madonna was paid as little as $25 for the nude photoshoot. At the time the shots were taken, Madonna was working in New York as a back up dancer and part time model and was struggling to make ends meet in the Big Apple.

Madonna was arguably the first female pop star to use her sexuality to boost her music career. In 1985 as she was embarking on her first major U.S. tour, some of Schreiber’s photos from the same shoot were featured in both Playboy and Penthouse magazines.

In 1992, Madonna released her own book of erotic images entitled Sex and her 5th studio album was called Erotica. She also starred in an erotic thriller Body of Evidence, a film which contained scenes of sadomasochism and bondage. In 1993 Madonna’s “Girlie Show” World Tour, had the singer onstage dressed as a whip-cracking dominatrix and surrounded by topless dancers.

Madonna is famously unapologetic about using her sexuality in a provocative way to boost her career, and her position as one of the biggest selling female stars ever shows that it certainly did no harm. Madonna has sold close to 300 million albums worldwide and created a template for artists like Lady GaGa to follow.

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