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Madonna Interview : Smash Hits

Madonna - Smash Hits / April 22 - May 05 1987

Your appeal isn’t just based on your voice, is it?

So what! I’m young, I’m not too plain. And if it amuses me to play the vamp by exaggerating things, then that’s no problem. If I had that sex-bomb look, it was because I liked it; and if I’ve done away with all that, it’s because I’d had a bellyful of it. I’m not Dr Freud (strange old bod who pioneered modern “psychoanalysis”) – I don’t go into the why or the how of everything. Especially as the power of seduction of any person doesn’t depend on the outside appearance but what’s inside. Barbara Streisand or Bette Midler don’t need to wear veils over their faces for their existence to be recognized. Well, it’s the same with me.

Each time you change your look, thousands of young people around the world copy you. How do you feel about that?

I just think it’s funny. It’s funny to influence an entire generation by getting them all to dream. Helping the young to have confidence in themselves and to do it with a laugh – I just love that. And, anyway the young are more pure, they have no prejudice, no cynicism, they’re less mixed up in their choices. They’re full of love for life and they almost always aim for perfection.

A year ago, you had long hair and you were covered in crosses and trinkets. What happened to all that?

Well, I act out of instinct, just like an animal. Suddenly, I couldn’t stand that hair of mine and all those baubles any more. That image had to be cleaned thoroughly. My new look is innocent, straightforward and feminine. I feel perfectly at home in this new “skin”.

Was the “new you” inspired by Marilyn Monroe?

Well, since a child I’ve always been fascinated by Marilyn’s glamour, as well as the glamour of Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot. But the difference is that Marilyn had a death wish: she was attracted by the fall and the succession of her depressive fits finally got stronger than her lack of stability. So in that way I’m not like her at all. But the image she was projecting was great.

Do you believe in fate?

I am both fatalistic and determined. When your name is Madonna, it’s best to become one.

Even though you can afford anything you still seem very down to earth.

That’s my nature and I shall never change. Though if I’d always had to do it alone I probably wouldn’t have made it. Our lives are like whirlwinds and therefore our bases need to be well anchored.

Has your vast wealth changed you?

Ha ha! No, the only thing that’s changed is that I no longer have to travel on the subway. I still think that bubblegum’s getting more and more expensive and that’s a pity because I’m a true munching cow. (??)

Madonna - Smash Hits / April 22 - May 05 1987

What do you spend your money on?

I bought Olivia Newton John’s house in Malibu, California and and an apartment in New York, because I just couldn’t live in hotels any longer. In everyday life, I am quiet and reserved. Not the housekeeper type, but rather cool and relaxed. I don’t get up in the morning wearing false eyelashes and I don’t wear fancy underwear when I’m cooking my pop corn. I am a nice little ducky! The Madonna you see on the scream, that’s only a dream. Professionally, I keep bursting out but the atom bomb disappears at the end of the song. And if you keep starring at me like mad, that only means I won.