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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Documentary about Madonna and the Breakfast Club ready for release

A documentary detailing the birth of Madonna’s pop career is set to be released in March (19). Madonna and the Breakfast Club will chronicle the Material Girl hitmaker’s time with the 1980s pop group, which she formed with her then-boyfriend Dan Gilr…

A documentary detailing the birth of Madonna’s pop career is set to be released in March (19).

Madonna and the Breakfast Club will chronicle the Material Girl hitmaker’s time with the 1980s pop group, which she formed with her then-boyfriend Dan Gilroy.

The documentary will feature re-enacted scenes involving Madonna, portrayed by Jamie Auld, and the band, and interviews with Gilroy, his brother Ed, and fellow bandmate Gary Burke.

“We filmed in the same locations Madonna once walked and performed in, incorporating the exact instruments she played, including the real guitar she used to write her first songs,” Producer Guy Guido says. “It was surreal to capture Jamie in the drama that would eventually lead to Madonna pursuing her solo career.”

Madonna left the group before the release of The Breakfast Club’s first single in 1984, but the band continued to release music up to 2016.

News of the documentary comes after it was reported Madonna is preparing for a comeback world tour later this year (19). She is also working on a new album.

Back in October, she revealed she was putting the final touches to her 14th studio release, which will be released later this year. She is also working on her MDNA Skin beauty range.

“I’m finishing my record, which I’m going to release next year. Yep, in between rose mist spray and serums, I’m actually making music. Can’t quit my day job,” she said.

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Madonna holds dance auditions for new skin care product

Madonna has enlisted the help of dancers to promote a “sensual” new product from her skin care company. The pop superstar teamed up with social media star The Fat Jewish for a new commercial, which advertises the Beauty Roller item from her MDNA Skin …

Madonna has enlisted the help of dancers to promote a “sensual” new product from her skin care company.

The pop superstar teamed up with social media star The Fat Jewish for a new commercial, which advertises the Beauty Roller item from her MDNA Skin line.

The black, skin-contouring system features Ultra-Infrared Energy, powered by high-density carbon that lifts and tones the face and body. It can also be applied on the jawline, cheeks and neck and used to fight cellulite. Retailing for $200 (£151), the Beauty Roller was also designed to leave customers with a healthy glow.

In the ad footage, the 60 year old pop superstar notes the movement of the tool over the skin evokes the feeling of dance, while a group of performers ‘audition’ the Material Girl hitmaker and her sidekick, real name Joel Ostrovsky, in a warehouse.

Following Madonna’s instructions, they begin to incorporate the item into their routine as she refers to the product as “physical, animal like, sensual and tactile”.

Earlier this week (ends12Oct18), the singer took to Instagram to share a video of herself using the item, offering helpful instructions for those who purchase it.

“Are you Ready to Roll Like. A Queen,” she captioned the post.

Launched last year (17), MDNA Skin offers products crafted from natural products scouted from fresh minerals throughout the world geared towards tissue health. The line also features eye masks, face washes and serums.

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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 to direct film about orphan ballerina

Madonna is stepping back behind the camera to direct a film about real-life ballerina Michaela DePrince. Taking Flight will be based on Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina – the memoir the dancer wrote with her adoptive mother – and will …

Madonna is stepping back behind the camera to direct a film about real-life ballerina Michaela DePrince.

Taking Flight will be based on Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina – the memoir the dancer wrote with her adoptive mother – and will centre on her childhood in war-ravaged Sierra Leone to her rise as a world-renowned ballerina.

Michaela’s memoir details how she became an orphan at the age of three after her father was shot and killed by rebels and her mother passed away of starvation and fever just a week later. DePrince’s brothers also died and her uncle sent her to an orphanage, where she was subsequently adopted by an American family.

She went on to attend and graduate from the American Ballet Theatre in New York and is now a soloist at the Dutch National Ballet.

“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” Madonna, who has three adopted daughters and one son from Malawi, says. “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honoured to bring her story to life.”

The script will be adapted by Camilla Blackett.

This is the third directorial stint for the Material Girl hitmaker following 2008’s comedy Filth and Wisdom and 2011’s W.E. She is also working on The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, which she is co-writing and planning to direct.

Madonna, who founded nonprofit Raising Malawi in 2006, also produced and wrote the documentary I Am Because We Are, about Malawi’s orphans and the AIDS crisis.

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Serayah McNeill is the new Material Girl

Actress Serayah McNeill has been unveiled as the fresh face of Madonna’s Material Girl clothing line.The Empire star joins a long list of Hollywood ‘it-girls’, including Rita Ora, Zendaya and Sofia Richie, who have taken on the role in the past, and sh…

Actress Serayah McNeill has been unveiled as the fresh face of Madonna’s Material Girl clothing line.

The Empire star joins a long list of Hollywood ‘it-girls’, including Rita Ora, Zendaya and Sofia Richie, who have taken on the role in the past, and she couldn’t be happier to front the 2018 spring campaign.

“I’m excited to be the face of Material Girl because of everything she (Madonna) stands for,” Serayah gushes in a statement to People. “A Material Girl is edgy, fierce and owns who she is, and she’s guaranteed to look cool in anything and everything she puts on.”

Designers at Material Girl, established by Madonna and her daughter Lourdes Leon in 2010, have embraced the message of female empowerment in the spring 2018 looks, using bold colours, offbeat silhouettes and eye-catching floral designs in a bid to promote women’s liberation.

“I loved the floral print tube dress,” Serayah shares. “That was one of my favourites (of the new collection). I just feel like it is something that I would really wear and it fit really, really well. It’s fun for spring.”

“I just think it’s a really dope brand and cool for all the young girls,” the 22-year-old adds. “It’s somewhere that I even have shopped at before so it is very relatable and I feel like people can access it.”

Serayah finds the new collection to be very versatile, revealing she has found a way to incorporate items from the Material Girl photoshoot into her everyday outfits.

“I love to try classic trends and I also love new trends, so whether it is like the clear boot or a clear sandal that’s really trendy,” the actress explains, “or just, like, the classic staples like the jean jacket over the tube dress which is actually what I wore in the photoshoot, which I really love because that’s something I feel like everyone could just grab when they leave the house.”

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