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“For my birthday, I can think of no better gift than connecting my global family with this beautiful country and the children who need our help most”
Madonna will celebrate her upcoming 60th birthday with an online fundraiser to benefit her Raising Malawi foundation.
“I have an unwavering commitment to providing vulnerable children with a loving home. For my birthday, I can think of no better gift than connecting my global family with this beautiful country and the children who need our help most,” Madonna, who has adopted four children from the African nation, said in a statement.
“Every dollar raised will go directly to meals, schools, uniforms and health care. I want to come together with my friends, fans and supporters to change the lives of Malawian children and let them know they are nurtured, protected and loved.”
Madonna teamed with Facebook for the fundraiser, which launched July 30th and runs through August 31st; the singer’s 60th birthday lands on August 16th.
“100% of every contribution goes directly to Raising Malawi’s work at Home of Hope orphanage, located in a rural, high-need area of Malawi,” Facebook added. “Also, the international payment firm Ripple has announced it will be matching all donations to Madonna’s fundraiser.”
Just an hour into its launch, the Raising Malawi fundraiser had already generated $3,200 in donations toward its $60,000 goal.
A fashion shoot and interview with the artist appear in the August issue of the magazine, marking her 60th birthday.
MILAN — Madonna, soccer mom?
This is the latest transformation of the artist, whose life in Lisbon takes center stage in the August issue of Vogue Italia, with an interview focused on her children, her passion for music and horses, as well as the projects for her charity Raising Malawi, flanked by a fashion shoot photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
The magazine initially planned to mark Madonna’s 60th birthday in August with a celebration of her career and accomplishments, but it turned out she had a very different plan. “She doesn’t want to talk about the past,” Vogue Italia creative director Giovanni Bianco told WWD in an exclusive interview with editor in chief Emanuele Farneti.
“It’s the tale of a new life, her move to Portugal to help her son David play soccer — it’s incredible to think of Madonna as a soccer mom,” Farneti said with a smile, shaking his head slightly. “She proposed the Lisbon angle and it turned out to be a very personal interview, more interesting than doing a retrospective of the artist or a story on her African projects, which have already been explored,” he explained.
Bianco is an important link with Madonna, as he has worked for 12 years with her on four album covers, several tours and countless editorials.
“She is an incredibly hard worker, I have learned so much from her intensity and dedication, but I think there is a distinction between her popular image and the day-by-day, normal person,” observed Bianco. “In this shoot, you see more of her maternal side; she is fascinating with her children and friends — she is an example.”
Madonna is living in Portugal with four of her six children: David Banda, 12; Mercy James, 12, and twins Stella and Estere, 5. “She is very happy and romantic at the moment, and you can see it in the photos, where she poses with all that she loves the most,” Bianco said.
The shoot is called “Just One Day Out of Life,” and Madonna on the two available covers and posters wears all-black Saint Laurent looks, posing at the Herdade do Perú estate, which dates back to the 18th century, and is located in the national Park of Arrábida, about 19 miles from Lisbon.
“She is a friend, but I am also a fan, and my thoughts went straight to the collectible poster,” Bianco said gleefully. On both covers, Madonna strikes graphic and bold poses, either lying on one side on the grass, or looking up at the cloudy skies.
Madonna is also photographed out on the streets in Lisbon and at her favorite Tejo bar, where she regularly goes to listen to Portuguese and African music. “She knows the musicians there, it’s like a laboratory, there’s music from Cabo Verde and she loves fado [a Lisbon-based music genre],” Bianco said. Madonna is working on her next album and it’s safe to say that this music will infuse her work, added Farneti.
Designer brands included in the shoot range from Dsquared2, Dior, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana to Fendi, Rochas, Alberta Ferretti, Miu Miu, Blumarine and Peter Dundas, among others.
This being Madonna, “she basically did her own styling,” Bianco admitted.
The interview by Xerxes Cook is accompanied by stories and anecdotes on Madonna by the likes of Alessandro Michele, Donatella Versace, Riccardo Tisci, Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, her go-to stylist Arianne Phillips, Jean Paul Gaultier and Cristiano Ronaldo, to name a few.
The issue hits newsstands on Aug. 3.
Mert Alas (of Mert and Marcus) posted new, previously unreleased photos of Madonna on his Instagram.
Tt’s from the photosession for the upcoming issue of Vogue Italia.
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Madonna was photographed while arriving at the JFK airport in New York City
She may be hitting her 60th birthday next month – but Madonna remains a musical force, with Clean Bandit becoming the latest act who want to work with her.
They are hoping to get her to sing on one of their songs after she lip-synced to Solo, their hit with Demi Lovato, on her Instagram last month to celebrate LGBTQ + Pride Month.
Jack Patterson, one third of Clean Bandit along with his brother Luke and Grace Chatto, told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column: “We couldn’t believe that. We’re big fans. We’d love to work with her … if she’s reading this.”
Clean Bandit replied to her Instagram message at the time, writing: “OMG glad you’re enjoying Solo @madonna [sic]”
Demi Lovato was just as blown away by Madonna miming to Solo, writing on her Instagram: “THE QUEEN HERSELF SINGING SOLO!!!!! What is life…?!?!!!! [sic]”
Ariana’s part starts at around 02:49, Dave Meyers’ at around 04:07 into the “Making of the Video” video bellow: