Madonna, clad in stilettos, plants a tree in Malawi

Madonna is killing me in these pictures. The Madge graced the lovely Malawi people in her most elegant black and grey sack and Jackie O-style sunglasses on Monday. She first broke ground on the Raising Malawi Academy For Girls, then planted a small tree. A shrub, if you will. She did all of wearing some (lovely) strappy black stilettos. In some of these pictures, it looks like Madge might be losing her balance in the loose-looking dirt. The school is supposed to cost in the neighborhood of $15 million, all of it funded by Madge and Raising Malawi. Also note – The Daily Mail seems to be hinting that Madonna might have been giving off the whiff of colonialism with her Malawi appearance:

As Madonna launched the construction of her school for girls in Malawi, the pop star seemed to channel movie stars from films based in the colonial era.

Evoking Meryl Streep in Out of Africa with her flowing clothes and straw hat in hand, the pop star smiled as she opened the proceedings yesterday.

Madonna wore a silver and black patterned shawl wrapped over a conservative, knee-length black dress.

But as the 51-year-old singer laid the foundation stone of the school she decided she needed no more practical footwear than a pair of strappy black heels.

The singer has previously been criticised by conservative Malawian groups for her
outrageous fashion sense.

Madonna is funding the £9million Raising Malawi Academy, in Chinkhota village, about 15 kilometres outside the Malawian capital Lilongwe.

It is expected to be completed in two years and will admit 500 girls from the small southern African country’s 28 districts.

Holding a colourful bouquet of flowers, she smiled curtly to waiting photographers. The star laughed as she cut a ribbon at the ground-breaking ceremony and was even snapped shovelling earth and planting a tree – despite wearing the high heels.

She said: ‘Growing up in a privileged life, I took education for granted, but coming to Malawi has taught me a lot of things and I have learnt to appreciate what life gives.’

She concluded: ‘People always ask me, “Why did you choose Malawi?” But I have always said: “Malawi chose me”.’

Madonna was accompanied by her four children – daughters Lourdes and Mercy, and sons Rocco and David.

The pop star adopted Mercy from Malawi earlier this year and adopted David from the country in 2008.

Madonna’s Raising Malawi, a charity founded in 2006, helps feed, educate and provide medical care for some of Malawi’s orphans.

[From The Daily Mail]

The Daily Mail also puts a picture of Meryl Streep in Out of Africa so we can have a little side-by-side colonial comparison. I don’t really see it. But I’d like to see a side-by-side comparison of Madonna and Meryl in The Devil Wears Prada. Yeah… Madge wishes. As for the whole “Madge is a neo-colonialist” thing, I’m not really buying that either. I mean, I do think her Raising Malawi organization is sketchy, and I do think Madge is a raging narcissist, but I really do think she’s trying to help in her own way. She doesn’t expect the Malawians to crown her queen or anything. She seems to want to give back, and I can’t bash her for that.

Photo credit: Barcroft/Fame Pictures

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  1. snowball says:

    Apart from the outfit and shoes, in some of these pics (especially the one at the podium), she actually looks somewhat pretty. And age appropriate for once. Maybe it’s just because her stringy guns were covered.

    Well, good for her for giving back to Malawi.

  2. Firestarter says:

    What a jackass to run around in an outfit like that in Malawi.

  3. Tess says:

    I nominate her for a Nobel Peace Prize.

  4. Bete says:

    What planet does this woman live on? But I have to say, that she tries to copy Angelina lately – emphasis on try.

  5. Lina says:

    Madonna doesn’t need to copy Angelina, she’s just a much bigger star, she probably doesn’t know who Angelina is.
    I like this photoes, she looks pretty and happy.

  6. princess pea says:

    Oh puhleese, Bete. Not everyone who does any charity work EVER is doing it because of Angelina. She didn’t INVENT charitable causes. Sheesh.

    Is Edward Norton running to raise money for the Maasai because Angelina does charitable work? Is Matt Damon so fierce in his promotion of OneXOne because of Angelina? Or how about Elton John and his work for AIDS, WarChild, OXFAM etc… For crying out loud, she may be your goddess, but she isn’t everybody’s.

    Now please stop bringing up Angelina in completely unrelated posts, thanks.

  7. Victoria says:

    Woman looks like a FOOL!

  8. danielle says:

    Good for her for trying to help others…but she does look idiotic trying to plant a tree in heels.

  9. Tia C says:

    Madge does look foolish in those shoes. Also it looks like she is enjoying her daughter’s company a whole lot more than Lourdes is enjoying hers lol.

    Heck, I guess we should be happy she’s doing something for others for once.

  10. Big Mama says:

    …heck, I’m just glad I didn’t have to look at her crotch this time…..

  11. Tia C says:

    LOL! Good point, Big Mama!! I am too…

  12. Lee says:

    You can see heels were worn by other women as well, at least the one standing near Madonna was wearing pumps. So I think the dressy shoes weren’t a big deal, since it was an “event”. Also, she looks better than I’ve seen her look in a very long time. Perhaps the work she’s had done has settled finally. She looks like a pretty woman of her own age. Not stretched, frozen, plumped and ridiculous.

  13. grisgris says:

    I agree, I think she looks really lovely in these pictures. She looks glowing and contented. Her face looks a little rounder and fuller and it is so much nicer looking.

    My husband is from Ecuador and they have saying that you should do three things in life:
    Plant a tree
    Have a child
    Write a book

  14. original kate says:

    she should keep her arms covered all the time.

  15. Taya says:

    Madonna does charity for her own selfish reasons.Get a brain people, she is the modern version of an legal slave owner. Madonna only cares about herself; period.

  16. sickofit says:

    she is really small so that explains to me the wish to become bigger in high heels

  17. WTF?!? says:

    That photo is hilarious.

  18. NIKKI says:

    oh no she didn’t! LOL. hahaha.

  19. pickelhaube says:

    I really used to like Madonna, but I cannot stand her now. Hey Madonna, you’re from the US, and in case you haven’t noticed (being rich and famous and being chauffered around in limos, etc) that there are poor, starving, needy people RIGHT HERE! Maybe go check out your hometown of Detroit, which is just as bad as any Third-World hellhole! But there’s no cachet or bragging rights in helping stupid Americans, because most of us can still afford to buy your crap music, and that’s all you care about. Keep it up in Malawi and maybe once they get electricity and move out of the stone age, they’ll buy your music so you can just tell all us uncouth redneck Americans to go to hell! God I hate this woman…..

  20. Jeri says:

    I always wear stilletos to do my gardening. (The other women dressed similarly were with Madonna). But then, I don’t live in the real world either.

  21. lrm says:

    she’s just planting a tree as a ‘gesture’ at an ‘event’. It’s publicity,people. She was probably only doing it for the time it took to take the photo.
    Yes,she’s annoying,but at least let’s have our ‘digs'(no pun intended) at her make logical sense now….

  22. jess says:

    at first i thought she was wearing white tights.

  23. Emily says:

    Did she know in advance that she was going to be planting a tree? Cause dress+crouching+photographers=well, nothing we haven’t seen before from her, actually.

  24. Flings says:

    Hey pickelhaube, just curiosity, but what you do in order to help the starving Americans?

    Well, about Madonna, what really bothers me is the fact that she is wearing those expensive shoes in a total inappropriate way, it looks even aggressive and hypocrite do this kind of work or charity like those socialite that do just to be in magazines or Page six.

    All the money and power that she has doesn’t teach her any empathy to people who just want to survive in a better way?

    For God say, have some common sense woman! When in Rome act like them.

  25. plant food says:

    hahaha, that’s really funny, I don’t think our clients would do the gardening in stiletto heels! lol