Madonna was too poor to afford store-bought graduation dress

Madonna had to make her own dress for her high school graduation as she was too poor to afford a shop-bought gown.The singer is now one of the richest stars in music, with an estimated fortune of $590 million (£450 million).But before she became one o…

Madonna had to make her own dress for her high school graduation as she was too poor to afford a shop-bought gown.

The singer is now one of the richest stars in music, with an estimated fortune of $590 million (£450 million).

But before she became one of the world’s biggest popstars, Madonna, real name Madonna Ciccone, and her family struggled financially.

Sharing an old photo on Instagram, the Queen of Pop told her 12.9 million followers: “My Sister Paula and I on my High School graduation day! We sewed our own dresses from Butterick patterns (dress emoji). I was always so embarrassed we could not afford store bought dresses. In retrospect Im glad i learned how to use a sewing machine (scissors emoji). Notice No cleavage or bare knees!! Papa Ciccone was very strict (laughing face). #highschool (sic).”

As well as her music career, the singer also turned her passion for making clothes into a business venture with clothing line Material Girl in 2010, named after one of her most famous hits. It’s a joint partnership with her daughter Lourdes Leon, 22, and caters to a teenage market.

The 60-year-old also previously designed for H&M, a range of sunglasses for Dolce & Gabbana, and launched a second lifestyle brand, Truth or Dare, in 2011.

Talking about designing at a low price point, she once told Billboard: “When I was 13 years old, I couldn’t afford designer clothes. I couldn’t afford expensive clothing. When I designed a line of clothes for H&M, that was one of the things I liked so much about it, that it was really affordable. I think that is one of the nice things about it, that you can make nice clothes at affordable prices.”

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