Madonna grew up in a strict, Catholic upbringing. Which might explain her rebellious, sex symbol status in the 80s.
In the upcoming December issue of Harper's Bazaar, Madonna said:
"[Girls] were told to wear our skirts to our knees, turtlenecks, cover ourselves and not wear makeup, and not do anything that would draw attention."
Her response to that was refusing to shave her armpits and wearing crazy hairstyles.
"Straight men did not find me attractive," Madonna explains. "I think they were scared of me because I was different."
Yes, Madonna is very different and special, according to Madonna:
"I think my behavior and my lifestyle threaten a lot of social norms, like the movie does. I think there are a lot of parallels and connections."
Of course, the movie Madonna is talking about is W.E., her recent directorial debut. Critics didn't respond well to it. The movie glamorizes the real-life story of Wallis Simpson, an American socialite who married King Edward VIII, which led to his abdication in 1936.
According to the new director, the film is "all about the cult of celebrity."
"We like to put people on a pedestal, give them one character trait, and if they step outside of that shrine-like area that we blocked out for them, then we will punish them," Madonna explained. "Wallis Simpson became famous by default, by capturing the heart of the king, but it's obviously a subject I'm constantly on the inside of, and the outside of."
I'm not entirely sure I agree with that. Otherwise, how do you explain everyone's favorite triple threat, Justin Timberlake?
Recently, Madonna has been dating 24 year-old French break dancer Brahim Zaibat. The Queen of Pop says she's slowly introducing Zaibat to her children: Lourdes, 15, Rocco, 11, David, 6, and five year-old Mercy.
"[My sons] need a male role model as well," Madonna told the mag. "So I need to keep this in mind: What is this person modeling to my sons, what kind of man is he, what values odes he have, what energy is he giving off?" she noted.
W.E. might have mixed reviews, but as far as costuming goes, it's a definite contender. There are over 60 costume changes in the movie, and Madonna recruited Oscar-nominated designer Ariane Phillips. Phillips is also Madonna's longtime stylist, designing the singer's costumes on her last four tours.