Vintage Madonna takes the cover of Out Mag: how cute was she?

madge1

Last week, we had the new Britney Spears cover and cover interview for Out Magazine. I knew at the time that Out was doing dual covers for their April issue – and this is the second one, with Madonna. I really thought it was going to be a new Madonna photo shoot and interview, but instead we get a “never-before-seen” photo shoot of Vintage Madonna, circa 1982, shot by Richard Corman. You can see the entire Out Magazine pictorial here – there are some really cute photos of Madge. This is the face she wants to get back to, you know? Such nostalgia. Here’s photographer Corman’s memory of Madge:

My mother was Cis Corman, a renowned casting director in New York City. In the summer of 1982 she was casting The Last Temptation of Christ for Martin Scorsese and called me to say they had just tested a girl for the part of the Virgin Mary. She said, “You must meet this girl — she’s an original.” I was 28 and had just finished an apprenticeship with Richard Avedon and was looking for interesting people to shoot. So I got this girl’s number and called. It was Madonna. At the time she was living in Alphabet City, and she suggested I go to her apartment and chat about what I wanted to do. I had to call her from a phone booth across the street, because the neighborhood was full of drug dealers, and they didn’t let people just walk in and out. There was a group of kids outside the building, on the stoop, in the hallways, and when I said I was there for Madonna the seas parted.

I looked up the staircase, and I saw this girl leaning over the edge of the banister, and even from three stories below I could see these catlike eyes just looking down. I knew at that moment that she had something special — I really did. She had her best friend and neighbor, Martin, with her — he later died of AIDS—and we sat and talked. She served me a cup of coffee on a silver tray with three pieces of Bazooka bubblegum. There was no pretense to it. When I came back a few days later to shoot her, she said, “You know, we should go up to the roof because I go up there with all the kids from the building.” She was like the Pied Piper of the neighborhood — they loved her. They followed her, they danced with her, they sang with her. It was something they did on a daily basis, and it was remarkable. We just walked up and they gathered around. She put the boom box on — it was her music, though I don’t remember which song — and they just started dancing and singing. She was so alive and unpretentious. She was fierce, determined. Nothing was going to stop her.

After we came down from the rooftop, we walked through the neighborhood, laughing and chatting, stopping in front of a storefront that you see in one of the shots, stopping in front of a senior citizen’s home and hanging out with the old folks. For me, like her, when I do a shoot now, I’ve got eight people around me — but that day it was just the two of us. I would shoot her a couple more times, once for the campaign for Vision Quest, with Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino. It was a hot coming-of-age film about wrestling in the Northwest, and she was the singer in the little bar that some of these teenagers would hang out in. By then Madonna was becoming hot and big, and — in the nicest way — she would go to whoever would help her and move her ahead. I was that person to begin with because of the connection to my mother. But as soon as she had that rocket to fame she was off to the next stage. That’s when Herb Ritts started photographing her exclusively, but that early period of the ’80s was amazing. I was photographing Basquiat and Keith Haring, and just to be part of all that took your breath away. People were truly taking chances. It was just a different energy, and Madonna was the focal point for a lot of that.

[From Out Magazine]

I didn’t know that Herb Ritts photographed Madonna exclusively for a time. That’s interesting. And I love the vintage look at Madge too – especially the details about the kids loving her so much: “She was like the Pied Piper of the neighborhood — they loved her. They followed her, they danced with her, they sang with her. It was something they did on a daily basis, and it was remarkable.” And now what does Madonna do? She’s still dancing with children, but now she calls the children her boyfriends.

madge3

madge2

madge4

Photos & cover courtesy of Out Magazine.

 

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

48 Responses to “Vintage Madonna takes the cover of Out Mag: how cute was she?”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. helen says:

    …in other words they enacted the “Borderline” video but for real. I had no idea that was a documentary!

  2. mln76 says:

    I love this Madge…What happenned???

  3. MSat says:

    This is the Madonna I remember – when I was in middle school we all tried to rat our hair and wear tons of bracelets and fingerless gloves like her. The boys all gawked at you if you dressed like Madonna.

    I see a lot of Lourdes in these early photos. Esp. the eyes.

  4. Cha Cha Loca says:

    The key word being “was”.

  5. texasmom says:

    It’s kind of sad because what made her remarkable was willing to be different, look different, no apologies, and now she is furtively, desperately trying to somehow conform to conventions of youthful beauty.

  6. The Bobster says:

    I remember the very vintage Madonna of Penthouse fame. Very hairy, not cute at all.

  7. spinner says:

    Looking at these photos makes me realise why I still love Madonna.

  8. CandyKay says:

    Somebody like Rod Stewart has made a pretty good transition from being a hot sexy rocker to being sort of an elderly statesman type, a crooner of standards.

    Why can’t Madonna do the same – be different than she once was, but still fantastic? A Marlene Dietrich type instead of a Bette Davis type.

  9. Schnauzers!!!! says:

    I wish she had aged gracefully.

  10. mln76 says:

    @CandyKay I just think the media is kinder to Rod Stewart he isn’t looking any better than Madge and every 7 years or so he trades in his wife for a younger model and starts a new family. That being said Madge has really screwed up her face.

  11. Hautie says:

    Geez these pictures will start her off on another manic run to the plastic surgeon office.

    And it is obvious how much she has screwed with the shape of her face.

    But yes, this is the Madonna I first saw/grew up too. The loud crude girl. That parents hated. Because their daughters started dressing like hookers. haha!

    And Madonna has spent the last 25 years desperate to maintain that high. Trying to be more outrageous than ever.

    Now it just reeks of “try hard”.

    Poor Madonna and Gwyneth. Both reeking of it. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

  12. TQB says:

    I worship her, always, but this is how I like to think of her.

    I was in a store recently and the sales clerks had an iPod shuffling through all her really good stuff – up to late 90′s or so – and it was still amazing. Every song was just so great. I think I bought twice as much stuff and left singing “Live to Tell.”

  13. Lorna says:

    I love this Madge…What happenned???

    ________________________________________

    Um, age. It’s going to happen to you too if you are lucky. I think it’s ridiculous for anyone to want her to look the way she did when she was in her early 20′s. That’s like asking a twenty year old to look like they did as a toddler. Madonna is fantastic, always was, always will be.

  14. mln76 says:

    @Lorna I unfortunately know enough about aging (and am learning more everyday) and I wasn’t even commenting on the Plastic Surgery… what I meant was she used to be so funky and cool. I picture her on the roof spontaneously playing with street kids and serving her guests bubblegum. Now she is so pretentious and affected and fake. Very sad.

  15. Nancy says:

    You know it’s weird people think that Madonna looks like a freak now but if you see candids of her you can clearly see wrinkles around her face and it doesn’t look frozen. So I don’t know why people make such a big deal about her face. If she’s had plastic surgery she still looks good she doesn’t look bad but people make it seem like she looks horrible I just don’t see it.

  16. Riley says:

    I love her old figure. She looks so confident and at ease. Also, I love the tomboy look.

  17. Ron says:

    Madonna was, is, and always will be fabulous!

  18. beth says:

    she made me feel i could do ANYTHING. madge rocks.

  19. Gabriela says:

    Sooo different than this waxy Madge. Much better. Madge would’ve aged gracefully if she just kept it naturally.

  20. original kate says:

    i always thought if there was ever a woman to embrace being older and still being sexy and vibrant it would be madonna.

    now i guess it will have to be me.

  21. nnn says:

    I loved to death that Madonna.
    Her personality, drive, creativity, extravaganza, strenght, passion

    I remembered at the time, she was constantly pit against SADE who is my favourite singer till this day. they were often used in the media as anthitesis : the classy and sophisticated young gal versus the bad girl who sang “Like a Virgin” rolling on the floor in the infamous MTV performance.

    I think that they have both aged better than some but where Sade is still classy in her behaviour, Madonna is losing it in the dressing department and in her personal life.

    And while i beleive she has a right to date whoever she wants and that it’s true, women and men are not held to the same standard, i think it’s somewhat unhealthy to date the type of young, juvenile men who in three to 4 years could date her own daughter.

    She’ll end up having the same taste of boyfriends than her own daughter, maybe even going out with one of Lourdes same generation male friend and that’s really unhealthy.

  22. Eleonor says:

    Oh God Lola!
    These photos are so sweet.
    Madge why did you do that to your face?

  23. Newbie says:

    I love how different she looked. She was so interesting and beautiful in her own way. I may have said this before on a different thread, but I really like “different” beauty. Characteristics that set people apart and make them unique. I’d take that over conventional beauty any day. A lot of the famous beauties in hollywood right now are interchangeable for any other girl with a little plastic surgery. Yech.

  24. MaiGirl says:

    I am unexpectedly touched by such vibrant photographic evidence of the Madonna I loved and emulated as a little girl. She was SUCH a badass! I don’t fault her for getting older or even pursuing a mild nip or tuck here and there. I do fault her for becoming the kind of freakishly overstretched, ‘roided out, entitled twat that would have completely horrified her younger self.

  25. Quercus says:

    Man, do those pictures ever take me back. She was such an original back then. I feel like the eighties were so innocent in a way. The style was quirky and colorful and not so in-your-face sexualized.

  26. Jayna says:

    Love her or hate her or love her and hate her, lol, Madonna has stayed high up in the music business now going into her fourth decade. And for those who can’t stand her, go to a concert and you will be in awe of her. I have seen so many of her concerts this past decade when she started touring again after nine years off in the mid to late ’90s, making movies, albums, and having babies. But she toured four times and she is awe-inspiring and still has an edge.

    For the fans – Madonna in 2001 – Holiday with her two longtime backup singers.

    She’s the Queen – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uasqO2Zj0Gg&feature=related

  27. Jayna says:

    And for those who say she’s lost it. I was at her 2006/2007 Confessions tour. I cried. It was bloody brilliant. Part theatrical, bigger than life, part rock, part intimate ballads, part retro disco. The opening was chill-inducing. And you realized at her age, 48/49 then, she was still amazing on stage.

    Future Lovers/I Feel Love – Madonna’s opening number -
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyAqcxlVtCE

  28. Jayna says:

    @Hautie, what are you talking about:

    “And Madonna has spent the last 25 years desperate to maintain that high. Trying to be more outrageous than ever.”

    Where have you been? First of all, Like a Prayer in the late ’80s was a fantastic album and not some shocking album. Maybe for years she liked to shock sexually and even then, Erotica in 1992, is a stunning album and sophisticated, not just about sexuality. From there she evolved, as we all do. In ’94 she put out a mellow R&B album, Bedtime Stories. Late ’90s put out a stunning Ray of Light, very introspective, brilliant album reflecting on fame not making you happy, her little girl, spirituality. 2000, Music, fantastic album of electronica mixed with folk and country music, and Madonna is on stage in boots and jeans. Reinvention tour she’s in a kilt Wow shocking LOL. Confessions album and tour, perfection.

    Madonna matured and was writing children’s books, raising children, and maturing in her music. She wasn’t trying to be more outrageous than ever. But she can still be outrageous at times and why not.

  29. Chris says:

    I don’t think the peeps of today realize how big she was in the 80s and 90s. To give it context look at how high profile Lady Gaga has been over the past two years and imagine her sustaining for another ten. That’s talent!

  30. Homer says:

    Madonna was 24 years old when these pictures were taken, that’s pretty amazing to me. When I was 24 I felt over the hill but that was only the very early beginnings of her career.

    After seeing these this morning I spent 2 hours at the gym listening to her old shit with these pictures in mind.

    Great gym fuel.

    Buns of Steel!

  31. jemshoes says:

    What a glimpse into the past! Who WAS that girl? :)

    But I suppose this is what happens when you have such relentless, insatiable driving ambition to be a celebrity: you give up the luxuries of an anonymous life.

  32. nnn says:

    #35 Chris

    Lady Gaga has not reached that level and won’t. I know her name but i don’t know her songs and there are not aired as much in here. Most people in here don’t even know who she is.

    Madonna was all over TV, radios ALL OVER THE WORLD. Parents knew her face, her songs, her reputation as much as kids.

    Kids all over the world emulated her way to dress, to wear her hair, even to talk and to dance. Other high profile stars, rising and established ones wanted to be in her company. Bette Midler at that time expressed her admiration. Madonna dated the like of John Kennedy jr.

    Nothing of that magnitude with that Gaga girl, nor with Beyonce.

    The only other singer that had that hold on people, that made kids dressing like him, mimicking his voice, his dance steps and whose face was known all over the wolrd in each 5 contienents by kids, parents & grandparents was…Michael Jackson. Hell there are kids named after them in remote african villages.

    At that time, Madonna phenomenon was to girls what Michael jackson was to boys. And both were al over the place be it radio stations, MTV videos, gigantic merchandises around them (Posters, T-shirts, clothes even crosses and gloves).

    Oh man, the 80′s were a glorious time for movies and music of all genres. It was romantic and artistic : Michael, Prince, Madonna, Freddy Mercury & Queen, Bonnie Tyler, Lionel Richie, Kool & the Gang, Evelyn Champagne King, Melba Moore, Earth, Wind & Fire, Whitney Huston, Duran Duran, Bowie, Sade, Kim Wilde, Billy joel, Blondie, Rapper’s delight ….Every genre were magnificently represented. Some have disappeard like the slow jams you dance with your betterhalf and bands like the SOS Band or Freddy Jackson. And funky sound as well as rap were so much better musically, lyrically, clean and joyful than nowadays street hip hop and nasty raps with its string of obscenities and constant degradation of females…

  33. bored says:

    Lourdes is so much like her mom. Gorgeous.

  34. Jayna says:

    Here is Lourdes in a bit spot in Madonna’s Celebration video, where fans are dressing like Madonna from the ’80s, and Lola, twelve at the time, is in one of Madonna’s costumes, the wedding dress, and it’s uncanny the resemblance to young Madonna. What I loved about putting her in for those few seconds, they had her keep the sweetness of a twelve-year-old, dancing like a kid, not like some sleezy teen pop star. Very cute.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2I7qtGS9Lw

  35. Darolo says:

    I can’t believe much of what I’m reading here! Some people are stuck in an 80′s time warp. I thought genuine fans love Madonna because she is constantly evolving. The 80′s were great, her beginnings, she was like a breath of fresh air! But I loved her In the 90′s too, breaking the taboos and boundaries of society with SEX and not really giving a damn. She had a message to put out and she did. Problem was, most people just didn’t get it! Why, because they only see being sexual in one way, they only read provocative as sexual rather than provoking
    people to think. I loved her in the 00′s, don’t forget sge has 4 kids and, for most of it, she was a married woman. Here she provoked again. Her message, you can still push to the edge of boundaries and be a fantastic mother. You can in fact have it all. It just takes gutts and belief!
    I cannot wait for the ’10s to get fully under way. Madonna still excites me, I love the fact that she wants her body and face to stay in line with her brain and her mind. We never know where she’s going next. She still keeps us guessing.
    I don’t want a Gaga type person who dresses to provoke in the way M used to. I’m bored with Gafa already. She’ll never keep up this stupid costume drama she lives and I don’t think she has much else to offer that’s innovative.
    Madonna still appeals to the masses. I was in my around 30 when she emerged. Yet I exchange tweets with 18 yr old and early twenties Madonna
    fans all the time. She connects us all in an amazing way and it will always be that way. Madonna is unique!! There is no ‘nearly’ or ‘almost’ unique. The word has to be used alone. That’s why Madonna is so special. As Richard Corman says in the article “I just knew she was special, I really did”.
    I saw Madonna play in small gigs in NY in 1979 and 80,81 before she was ever Madonna. Why did we keep following her band ( of various names Breakfast Club, Millionaires, Emmy and The Ems, Emmy!). Why? because you were pulled in by the aura of that tiny, but extraordinary woman. Her presence was astonishing and still is.
    So please look at the big picture. Madonna
    would have long gone if she had stayed in the 80′s mould. As it is I feel privileged to still be witnessing her amazing career and longevity. Judging by the age of her recently deceased grandmother at 99 we can look forward to many years to come. Bring it on – love you Madonna!!!

  36. Jayna says:

    @Darolo, bravo. People who say what happened to Madonna, she’s pretentious now, blah, blah, they see a few interviews over the years, which Madonna can be a bore at times on interviews (but who cares), and haven’t really followed her music nor her concerts in the 90s and 2000s. When she goes on stage, even right after having Rocco, she goes nonstop for two hours and gives her fans an amazing adventure at the concert, and very impressive considering she was in her 40s and now 50s her last concert.
    People should buy/or rent The Confessions tour DVD, especially if they loved her 2005 album, Confessions on a Dance Floor, and watch her deliver one of the best concerts I have ever seen, and here she was in her third decade of music. Her dance routines in the fourth section of the concert blew me away and I was exhausted watching her, and she made me cry when she sang one of my favorite songs of all time, Live to Tell, with bible verses at the end on screen encouraging us to treat our suffering fellow human beings better (with photos of children with AIDS in Africa), as God would want us to.

    Madonna does evolve from album to album, concert to concert, and that’s what I want. She’s an artist. She is older than me, but Madonna has a drive and energy that is unequaled. I am thankful she’s still out there and relevant and pulling in the crowds, because so many of my favorites from my youth faded away and aren’t out there, save U2 and Depeche Mode, Seal. I support my favorites so that will keep doing what they do.

  37. Darolo says:

    I can’t believe much of what I’m reading here! Some people are stuck in an 80′s time warp. I thought genuine fans love Madonna because she is constantly evolving. The 80′s were great, the beginnings, she was like a breath of fresh air! But I loved her In the 90′s too, breaking the taboos and boundaries of society with SEX and not really giving a damn. She had a message to put out and she did. Problem was, most people just didn’t get it! Why, because they only see
    being sexual in one way, they only read
    ‘provocative’ as sexual rather than provoking
    people to think. I loved her in the 00′s, don’t
    forget she has 4 kids and, for most of it, she was
    a married woman. Here she provoked again. Her
    message, you can still push to the edge of
    boundaries and be a fantastic mother. You can in
    fact have it all. It just takes gutts and belief!
    I cannot wait for the ’10s to get fully under way.
    Madonna still excites me, I love the fact that she
    wants her body and face to stay in line with her
    brain and her mind. We never know where she’s
    going next. She still keeps us guessing.
    I don’t want a Gaga-type person who dresses to
    provoke in the way M used to. That’s been done.I’m bored with Gaga already. She’ll never
    keep up this stupid costume drama she lives and
    I don’t think she has much else to offer that’s
    innovative.
    Madonna still appeals to the masses. I was
    around 30 when she emerged. Yet I exchange
    tweets now with 18 & 20 yr old Madonna
    fans all the time. She connects us all in an
    amazing way and it will always be that way.
    Madonna is unique!! There is no ‘nearly’ or
    ‘almost’ unique. The word has to be used alone.
    That’s why Madonna is so special. As Richard
    Corman says in the article “I just knew she was
    special, I really did”.
    I saw Madonna play in small gigs in NY in 1979
    and 80,81 before she was ever Madonna. Why
    did my friend and I keep following her band (of various names: Breakfast Club, Millionaires,
    Emmy and The Ems, Emmy!). Why? because
    we were drawn in by the aura of that tiny, but
    extraordinary woman. Her presence was
    astonishing and still is.
    So please look at the big picture. Madonna
    would have long been gone if she had stayed in
    the 80′s mould. As it is I feel privileged to still be
    witnessing her amazing career and longevity.
    Judging by the age of her recently deceased
    grandmother at 99, we can look forward to many
    years to come. Bring it on – love you Madonna!!!

  38. harfang says:

    I remember the Herb Ritts period. Yes, this is fabulous, but that took it to a new level. It was massive. There was no other music photography like that at the time. There were of course Leibowitz and Mick Rock, but they were much more organic. Ritts’ work with Madonna was the beginning of something that appears to be ongoing — LaChappelle, etc. — and permanent, for at least as long as print media continues, I think.

  39. Hakura says:

    While it’s so lovely to see vintage Madonna… It also makes me sad. I really miss when she was in her hayday… I grew up listening to ‘Lucky Star’, growing up in the late 80′s, early 90′s. She was just a built in part of my life.

    She’s changed so much since then. (But in her personality, not referring to plastic surgery.) Every woman… especially one who’s constantly referred to as a ‘legend’… is going to feel the pressure to stay youthful & avoid the ravages of age. I don’t fault her for succumbing to the same pressures we all deal with (especially watching new generations of young stars moving in the claim her former niche)… & it’s likely why she’s so addicted to robbing the cradle.

    @The BobsterI remember the very vintage Madonna of Penthouse fame. Very hairy, not cute at all.

    I’d never seen those until you mentioned them. Those were the days when everyone wasn’t obsessed with being hairless, & it wasn’t a sin to be ‘au natural’ xD

    @Nnn“I remembered at the time, she was constantly pit against SADE who is my favourite singer till this day.

    YES, Sade!! I just adore her… Very unique voice, have every song she ever did. =) She still looks amazing, it’s like she’s barely aged at all. (If she’s done anything to her face, I can’t tell.)

  40. Trashaddict says:

    Where’s the armpit hair, did they photoshop it out?

  41. Magsy says:

    No one like her. She is an original. I don’t care for her personality but her music is a major contribution. She’s just aging like all of us are and will.

  42. Anti-icon says:

    She’s still a smart businesswoman. She knows no one can stand her now, so I’m sure she had the “retro concept” all worked out for Out. She wants everyone to remember the olden days, before all the bodies were strewn about to enable her glorious career. Yeah, not a Madonna fan.