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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Lourdes Leon and Juliette Lewis front Miu Miu’s spring 19 campaign

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon and Hollywood star Juliette Lewis have been tapped to appear in Miu Miu’s latest campaign.Shot by photographer David Sims, the Italian fashion brand’s marketing imagery for the spring/summer 2019 season was unveiled on T…

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon and Hollywood star Juliette Lewis have been tapped to appear in Miu Miu’s latest campaign.

Shot by photographer David Sims, the Italian fashion brand’s marketing imagery for the spring/summer 2019 season was unveiled on Tuesday (15Jan19).

One snap depicts Lourdes, 22, sitting in the back of a vintage car while wearing a black outfit, knee-high socks, and red stilettos, while another picture shows her posing across several seats in an old bus and sporting a glamorous ensemble consisting of a black sequinned blazer, matching skirt, and red satin pumps.

For her photoshoot, actress/singer Juliette sits in a vintage bus and shows off a denim dress and jewel-encrusted high heel sandals, with her hair swept back into loose curls.

In addition, the 45-year-old is seen sitting in a little black dress, with her outfit accessorised with a bejewelled purse and diamante necklace.

Rising stars including Deadpool 2 actress Zazie Beetz, Chinese model Du Juan, and Maya Hawke, the daughter of film stars Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, also appear in the campaign.

Regarding the concept, a Miu Miu representative explained that creative director Miuccia Prada wanted to capture the “transitory, fleeting nature” of fashion.

“Neither arriving nor departing, these images celebrate the notion of simply being – the geography hazy, the timing uncertain, they present a universal, everywhere and anytime,” they said in a statement. “Fleeting and transitory, reasoning uncertain, the travel could easily be an escape, or a coming home. The only concrete, the only constants, are the women themselves – singular, original, always unique. Somewhere, nowhere, yet someone.”

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Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon is officially a NYFW model

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon made her New York Fashion Week debut in a body-baring outfit.Walking for Gypsy Sport in the Big Apple on Tuesday (11Sep18), 21-year-old Lourdes donned a beaded, shell adorned, body-chain bra and ripped flared jeans. Th…

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon made her New York Fashion Week debut in a body-baring outfit.

Walking for Gypsy Sport in the Big Apple on Tuesday (11Sep18), 21-year-old Lourdes donned a beaded, shell adorned, body-chain bra and ripped flared jeans. The look was finished with chunky white sneakers, a headpiece made from bright green leaves and sunglasses.

The presentation started with a moment of silence and contemplation in honour of the victims of 9/11, and was followed by a parade of FernGully fairy children, reports Vogue Australia, which described designer Rio Uribe’s new line as “Mother Earth–meets–urban goddess clothes”.

It marked the first time Madonna’s eldest child, who Uribe revealed reached out to him to ask if she could appear in the show, has walked the runway in the Big Apple, though she’s not totally new to modelling; she posed for a Converse x MadeMe campaign earlier this year, a standalone MadeMe advert and a Stella McCartney perfume ad.

She also knows a thing or two about design, after starting label Material Girl with her famous mum in 2010, when she was just 13 years old.

In a promo clip for Stella McCartney’s Pop fragrance in 2016, Lourdes, whose father is actor Carlos Leon, hailed her superstar mom as her style icon.

“My mom has helped me so much,” she explained. “She has great style and she’s an amazing dresser.”

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Madonna’s daughter Lourdes fronts new Converse x MadeMe campaign

Madonna’s eldest daughter Lourdes Leon landed her new gig fronting the Converse x MadeMe streetwear campaign simply by asking for the job. The 21-year-old previously modelled for female-focused brand MadeMe last year (17), and as she worked on a separ…

Madonna’s eldest daughter Lourdes Leon landed her new gig fronting the Converse x MadeMe streetwear campaign simply by asking for the job.

The 21-year-old previously modelled for female-focused brand MadeMe last year (17), and as she worked on a separate project with company founder and creative director Erin Magee, she fell in love with the style concept of the Converse apparel and footwear collaboration.

“She (Lourdes) was in my office, because we were working on something for MadeMe, and she saw the Converse drawings on the wall and said, ‘Erin, what is this for? I love these new tracksuits. I love these shoes. Can I shoot this?'” Erin tells Vogue.co.uk. “I was like, ‘Funny, because I was going to ask you.'”

Lourdes was photographed for the new ads by Mayan Toledano, and the promotional images have quickly drawn attention – partly because the aspiring singer/songwriter has no qualms about showing off her natural underarm hair.

After one picture of Lourdes dressed in a black and white crop top and yellow shorts, posing with her arms above her head, was posted on MadeMe’s Instagram account on Monday (21May18), a number of fans heaped praise on the youngster for refusing to conform to society’s beauty rules.

“Braveness is genetic,” one follower wrote, referencing the fact that Lourdes is the daughter of outspoken pop idol Madonna.

“I’ve had the same armpits (sic) hair for 3 months and feel great about it. Thanks for sharing,” added another, while a fellow fan posted, “I love this. Thank you for showing how beautiful women are with their body hair. Well done. Lola (Lourdes) is gorgeous and hot and strong. Well done.”

However, not everyone was receptive of the hairy look, with some trolls branding the trend “disgusting” and “gross”.

Hitting back at the haters, another follower raged, “I am sick of people body shaming something that is a part of nature & WOMEN’S biology. Lourdes, you are brave and inspirational. I wish more girls our age were like you – willing to break the rules that other people (who we’ve never even met) have made for us”.

Lourdes, whose father is former personal trainer Carlos Leon, has yet to address the body hair backlash.

The new Converse x MadeMe collection launches on Thursday (24May18).

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