Madonna looks kind of pretty in new Dolce & Gabbana ads


Last week, it was announced that Madonna was being replaced as the face (or “the gristle”) of Louis Vuitton. The new face is Lara Stone, 25 years old. Hard knocks, or it could be that Madge was only signed up for one campaign, and Vuitton just got someone new with no prejudice toward Madge and the massive amount of Photoshop it took to get her looking less gristly.

Anyway, Madge isn’t in mourning. She’s the new face of Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2010 line, and the ads were released just in time to coincide with Madge and Lola’s D&G-clad appearance last night on the Nine rep carpet. Personally, I think the ad campaign is much smarter than the Luis Vuitton ads, just because Madge looks human, rather than some Photoshopped doll. That being said, they’re not wonderful, mainly because she doesn’t even look like Madonna.

Exclusive in this week’s Italian edition of Vanity Fair is the worldwide preview of Dolce & Gabbana’s new spring/summer 2010 campaign featuring pop icon Madonna.

Madonna’s private life is seldom out of the papers but this new Dolce & Gabbana campaign is unlike anything you have seen before. Exit the paparazzo, these shots by Steven Klein reveal much more than a grainy stolen picture, they showcase an intimate, real aspect to the ultimate icon’s life.

In keeping with Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection’s emphasis on Mediterranean heritage and classic Italian sensuality, the mood isn’t unlike a film from the days of Italian Neorealism. Madonna herself recalls the strong, raw sensuality of the iconic actress Anna Magnani – showcasing when soft sensuality meets bold authenticity.

In the Vanity Fair Italy feature, Stefano Gabbana discusses the campaign and why Madonna was the perfect match: “She loved the collection,” he says, “…she is passionate and impressively knowledgeable about Italian cinema,” (Monica Vitti is her favourite actress and we see the resemblance).”

When asked as to whether Madonna knows how to wash dishes, Stefano Gabbana replies “Certainly…she’s a very practical woman…” And does she actually eat spaghetti despite her most enviable figure? “Of course, says Stefano, and she can allow herself to with all the exercise she does!”

[From Swide]

Yes, the one of Madge “eating” is probably one of the funniest. Her face is contorted, and the look in her eyes says “I’m not going to really eat this, you know.” Because she’s a bad actress, we can tell. But I like the black and white! Fancy! Also, note this – Steven Klein did the photos, and I think he must be Madge’s favorite now. He also did her infamous W Magazine spread where she met Jesus Luz. Don’t worry, she’ll get a new favorite photographer when she and Jesus split!

Dolce & Gabbana ad images courtesy of Swide.


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  1. Squirrel says:

    She is trying to look like Sophia Loren back in the good old days and as a blonde gets close to looking like Emanuelle Béart in her best days. Testament to makeup and photography, whereas those two mentioned women were / are actually that gorgeous!

    She however looks out of place in surroundings where she would probably not even spend a night (much less actually cook and eat a meal!).

  2. Lee says:

    My first thought was Sophia Loren as well. These photos don’t even look like Madonna. Serious photo-shopping on that face and those arms.

  3. Neelyo says:

    I thought the first one was a really good photo of Heather Mills, doesn’t look much like Madonna at all.

  4. Firestarter says:

    The pictures aren’t bad, which is a testament to the abilities of Photoshop, when used correctly. I still find Madonna to be less than attractive. Just my opinion.

  5. isabelle says:

    Is that Madonna? Looks as though she can’t close her mouth anymore due to all that surgery.

  6. diva says:

    Maybe this will help Dolce and Gabbana sell more. They really haven’t done anything new and innovative in the fashion world in awhile. Every year they always have leopard print and bustier dresses, hardly setting trends.

  7. Eileen Yover says:

    She definitely looks “softer” …like a soft, sexy, mouth breather.

  8. snowball says:

    Yikes, could she get her dress’ neckline any lower? Madge, I don’t want to see your nipples, so I hope you’ve got that thing taped up.

    What is she selling? Dishwashing soap? A new pasta at Olive Garden? A cookbook on Italian cooking?

    Probably the newest version of Photoshop.

  9. lucy2 says:

    That doesn’t look like her. Soft focus, good lighting, and a lot of Photoshop will do that, I guess.

  10. wow says:

    Her face is f*&ked to the gods. She use to have nice bone structure (flashback to Vogue video). I don’t know why she did this to her face. Correction, I know WHY, but man…

    If I were to be famous, I would want to be so in my later years. This way no one could compare you to your youthful face. There wouldn’t be a lot of footage from your fame in youth as oppose to being famous when you’re older. The difference in appearance wouldn’t seem so drastic in the way it does with the likes of Madonna and Nicole Kidman.

    I should also be ashamed of comparing them now to their younger faces as well. It’s not right since the majority of people don’t age well.

  11. KateNonymous says:

    To me, she looks like Patricia Arquette in these photos.

  12. Carole says:

    Oh please… Vadge hasn’t washed a dish in the last 20 years. It’s more believable to see her grabbing her crotch than this mess.

  13. Maritza says:

    Everyone looks better in black and white pictures.

  14. pixiegirl says:

    She looks amazing in these pics! It makes me think she would look more like the pics if she gained like 15 pounds.

  15. Lizzy says:

    Funny that despite the millions spent on plastic surgery, treatments and photoshop the title says she looks “kind of pretty” lol @ Kaiser.

  16. DrM says:

    The headline should have been “MADGE…photoshopped to hell in the new Dolce and Gabbana Ads!!”

  17. Kaiser says:

    Lizzy & DRM – My original title was “Madonna is totally jacked up for new ads” but I felt bad for beating up on her. But, yeah – her face is totally jacked in these pics, but she still looks sorta pretty.

  18. Catherine says:

    She actually looks like she used to in these pics. Softer at least, but then photoshop can do amazing things. I like these pics.

  19. anna says:


  20. crash2GO2 says:

    She does look like she used to in these photos. softer, darker heavier brows. I think that might have been what they were going for.

  21. gg says:

    Good grief. Contact lenses and massive airbrush anyone? They should have just painted a random face for all that looks like Madonna.

  22. Prissa says:

    I’m sorry but there is something very weird going on with her cheeks. Before they looked like that Madame puppet’s cheeks now they look like all elongated and strange… me no likey.

  23. ligeia says:

    what she would look like if she gained 20 lbs. take notes madge, and have some cake hehe

  24. shelby says:

    PRISSA you just made me laugh out loud! “me no likey”

  25. Trillion says:

    I wonder if it hurts like hell for her to pull that face back into a genuine smile. Looks like it would.

  26. K says:

    I thought the picture was one of Debra Harry when she was younger. Didn’t recognize that as Madonna at all.

  27. pixiegirl says:

    I think she looks amazing in these pics!

  28. Mark says:

    If it doesn’t look like Madonna, who does it look like? Are you not satisfied until you see every last wrinkle on her face? Sheesh.

  29. Kat says:

    Looks like she had her lips pumped up again.

  30. Emily says:

    The one where she’s got the food, her expression seems to be along the lines of “what? I put this in my mouth? Then what?”. Totally alien concept to her. And is it just me, or has she been photoshopped to be a bit curvier? It looks better for her than the gristle.

  31. Kylie says:

    She does look really pretty and extremely sexy.

  32. AliG says:

    So sick and tired of these idiot misogynist gay fashion designers trying to convince women that 50 year olds can look like 25 year olds.
    But it’s typical Madonna. All lies. First she’s a Jesus screeching Catholic. Then she’s a Kabbalist and now she’s back to the crucifix.
    Whatever. It’s not like this campaign is going to convince me to buy D and G.
    She doesn’t need the money but her ugly narcissistic side is really showing.

  33. NicoleAM says:

    Of course it looks like Madonna. Just a prettier, younger, flawless skin version of her. *rolls eyes* Just take a look at any candid photo and compare. I agree they’re better than those LV ads, but those were also close-ups where the photoshopping is more obvious.

  34. ViktoryGin says:

    They really attempt to provincialize her with this idyllic southern Italian countryside mess. And we know damn well that organic breasts don’t exist on workout anorexics. A little too tenuous. Sorry, D&G.

  35. K says:

    December 16th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    If it doesn’t look like Madonna, who does it look like?

    @#26—Debra Harry

  36. MaiGiIrl says:

    I agree with Prissa. Something really f-ed up is going on with her cheeks to the point that it distracts from the fact that the rest of her looks pretty good in these photos. I just cannot understand how older women’s perception of their appearance can get so warped. Especially when there is some really good plastic surgery and well-placed injectables out there–look at Sophia Loren and Tina Turner, both having gotten excellent work. If you have to do that stuff, at least do it well! She used to be really pretty in an unusual way. Now, she looks like her own death mask.

  37. Nicole says:

    Her cheek implants are too large and obvious to be believable. It might look better if they were smaller and more subtle.

    What strikes me as odd is that a lot of celebrities seem to be getting stuff done to their cheeks now. When I was a kid, I was relentlessly teased about my cheeks (they weren’t huge or plump, just round like Halle Berry’s), and everybody called me “chipmunk cheeks”. Nowadays, so many celebrities are going for that look. I can’t be the only one who thinks that’s weird. I suppose they think a rounder face is more youthful looking?

  38. Jill says:

    Ugh, those cheek implants look so obvious. She should have gone with the next size down.

  39. For Sooth? says:

    This farce won’t work on me. I’ve seen that episode of Will And Grace where Madonna was a new neighbor, sans plastic surgery. She was seriously flowing south, like the rest of us. I mean how far do you take this once you start??!! When is enough enough? I’ll have to keep a close watch on Joan and Cher I guess. Although Joan has great hands, way better than Madonna’s and mine. Is there hand surgery??

  40. katyusha says:

    @ Nicole

    I don’t think the purpose of cheek implants is for a “rounder look”, I think they’re going for a more chiseled look. I can’t imagine a round face equals chiseled.