Catherine Deneuve said that as a woman ages, “Il faut choisir entre le visage et le derriere.” Rough translation: She has to decide between a big ass or a haggard face. Madonna never got the memo. She has both a tight face and it tight ass. She is perfection.
ELLE: My cabdriver thought I was a woman and kept calling me “ma’am.” Do I look like a woman to you?
MADONNA: No. But maybe is the Paul Smith shirt. [I look down and clock my hallucinogenic art-nouveau Liberty-print button-down and realize that she may be onto something.]
ELLE: Enough about me. Let’s talk about your outfit. I want details.
Madonna’s elegant at-home ensemble is a symphony in beige and cream: Think Faye Dunaway in Network with a bit of Jean Harlow thrown in.
M: The heels are Miu Miu. The blouse is Diane von Furstenburg. The cardigan is H&M, from my own collection. Undies? Can’t remember, ’cause I always cut the tags off. The pants are from River Island, one of Lola’s [Lourdes’] favorite shops on Oxford Street. I’m having a high-low day.
ELLE: Do you ever go shopping incognito?
M: Lola likes us to do that. The incognito never really lasts very long, because everyone knows I wear baseball caps. So I guess I don’t really, have an incognito.
ELLE: What’s the dynamic among your three kids?
M: Lola [age 11] rules the roost. She is extremely maternal toward David [the much talked-about Malawian toddler, age two and a half, the circumstances of whose adoption are clarified in Madge’s documentary]. He is the apple of everyone’s eye right now. Lola is in major competition with Rocco [age seven], but he’s starting to fight back. But when nobody’s looking, the two of them still creep into bed and cuddle. It’s a closet kind of love.
ELLE: Who does the disciplining between you and Guy?
M: Oh, definitely me. Guy’s a softie when it comes to our kids.
ELLE: How do you strike a balance?
M: Work is important to both of us. We have to be highly organized and navigate family responsibilities.
ELLE: When was the last time you took a family vacation?
M: Guy and I and the kids went to India over Christmas. We really got away from it all.
ELLE: Does he share your passion for Malawi?
ELLE: What’s his favorite hobby?
M: Jujitsu. I don’t get it – grown men throwing each other around. But he loves it.
ELLE: What do you talk about in bed?
M: None of your business!
Kubbitzing about her husband puts a definite twinkle in Madge’s eye.