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Madonna Interview : ELLE

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.

Madonna - ELLE / May 2008

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?

Madonna - ELLE / May 2008

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?

M: Yes.

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.