Should Madonna let 13-year-old Lourdes design a juniors’ clothing line?

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Oh, this is a good interview! Madonna sat down for an Associated Press interview to promote her clothing line start-up MG ICON, which will be a ladies’ clothing line, a juniors’ line and eyewear, amongst other collections. The juniors’ line is called The Material Girl collection, and according to HuffPo, it includes “jeans, shoes, fingerless gloves, necklaces and other accessories.” And guess who is the fashion inspiration/creative consultant for The Material Girl collection? Oh, yes. It’s Lola (or Lourdes, her real name), Madge’s 13-year-old daughter. And Lola sounds like a chip off the old block, for real:

AP: Why did you want to do a juniors’ line?
Madonna: Lola has been bothering me for ages about designing clothes. Stella McCartney is a good friend of mine and she got her mind thinking when Lola was a little girl, about 8 years old. She started giving Lola fabrics and inviting her into her showroom and asking her opinion on things, giving her sketch books and stuff like that. Stella always pushed her. I have a lot of friends who are clothing designers whether it is Gaultier or Dolce and Gabbana. (Lola) has been around all of the shoots I have done and all of the campaigns I have done. She is always hanging out backstage. The last two tours I have done, she has been working in the wardrobe department. On this last tour she dressed all of the dancers.

AP: What has Lola taught you about fashion?
Madonna: I am boring basically. She reminds me of me when I was younger. She just goes for it and tries different things. It doesn’t look like she thought too much about it. That is how I used to be, but after years and years of everybody commenting on the way I look and dress and being photographed, one starts to become self-conscious and starts to plan things more. You end up judging yourself more, what looks good and what doesn’t.

AP: What has it been like to work with your daughter?
Madonna: It is good because she does have good taste in fashion. I respect her taste and I rarely disagree with her.

AP: Was part of you hesitant about Lola designing this line as she would be thrust into the spotlight?
Madonna: That is why I am here talking about the line and she is not. Eventually I will let her. I feel like she needs to get into high school and focus on her studies, her lessons. She got into the high school of the performing arts. She has a lot of work to do. I don’t want her to be distracted. She will eventually be able to talk about it. I am going to be happy when she does because she can speak much more clearly in and in a more informed way than I can about a line she is ultimately designing. I just stand in the background and go, “That’s cool. That’s not cool.”

AP: The clothing is affordable. Why was it important to you to keep the price low?
Madonna: When I was 13 years old, I couldn’t afford designer clothes. I couldn’t afford expensive clothing. When I designed a line of clothes for H&M, that was one of the things I liked so much about it, that it was really affordable. I think that is one of the nice things about it, that you can make nice clothes at affordable prices.

AP: You are known as being a fashion risk taker. Do you ever look back and wonder, “What was I thinking?”
Madonna: Yeah. I would rather not point them out. I think I had a lot of bad hair moments. In the early 80’s just sometimes I wore purple lipstick or green lipstick. Clothing-wise, I am happy about the way I dressed.

AP: With your music career and with the girls’ school you are building in Malawi, was part of you hesitant about taking on another project with this clothing line?
Madonna: If Lola wasn’t so completely involved in the line, designing, consulting, whatever you want to call it, I wouldn’t do it. Really she does most of the work, honestly.

AP: Who are Lola’s fashion influences?
Madonna: Lola spent most of her childhood growing up in England. According to her, she thinks people have more style in London, especially the boys. French boys in particular have very good style, according to Lola. I think she has been very influenced by European fashion. She is very influenced by the music she listens to, different bands she is in to. She has favorite models. She takes all kinds of dance classes. She is inspired by different items people wear as dancers whether it is a hip- hop class or a jazz class or ballet class. … Of course she is inspired by my closet. My Christian Dior shoes will go missing and then some fabulous bag I won’t be able to find or my skinny jeans, the only pair that fit me are gone.

AP: Has working on this clothing line together bonded you in a different way?
Madonna: I see her more as a creative person, as an artist and less as my daughter as we are working, and then every once and a while I remembered she is my daughter.

[From Huffington Post]

It makes me uncomfortable to think of Lola, at the age of 13, being in charge of such a big project. On the other hand, I totally believe Madge when she’s basically describing how willful and opinionated Lola is – and how it would probably be more difficult to keep Lola away from fashion, and that it’s easier to just include her and give her responsibilities. It sounds like Madge has given this a lot of thought, honestly, and she’s tried to come up with the best solution. Madge also sat down for an interview with Us Weekly to promote The Material Girl line, and when she was asked about Lola‘s style, Madge said: “If anything, I wish she’d dress more conservatively. How’s that for irony?” Lola is a force to be reckoned with. And I doubt Lola will ever have any Lindsay Lohan-type sketchiness following her as she grows up. I think Lola will be just like a little Mini-Madge – hyper-organized, tough, smart and self-absorbed. It could totally be worse!

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29 Responses to “Should Madonna let 13-year-old Lourdes design a juniors’ clothing line?”

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  1. sickofit says:

    madonna surprises me once ina while, with this interview absolutely positive…

  2. lucy2 says:

    I guess kids just can’t be kids anymore? Interest and involvement is great, but isn’t something like this a full time job? At least Madonna sounds like she wants her to focus on school first.

  3. meme says:

    madonna just doesn’t want to share the limelight with her daughter. she’s going to wind up jealous of her because lourdes is YOUNG and pretty.

  4. Jackie Brown says:

    I cant work out what makes her more qualified than any other 13 year old other than having come out her madjestys vadgestry? Give my niece a stack of paper and pens and she will whip up some fab designs

  5. Jeane says:

    Oh please. I doubt they would let a 13 year old actually be IN CHARGE of the whole thing and I really don’t think she will be working 80 hours a week.
    It’s just something fun that she likes to do, so why not. If anything, it will teach her responsibility and work ethic which isn’t a bad thing.
    I had my first job at 13 (it was delivering newspapers though, nothing cool and glamorous unfortunately) and have been working ever since. It never hurt me and I think Lourdes will be just fine.

  6. princess pea says:

    Jackie, your niece has been friends with Stella McCartney, getting advice and talking fashion with real designers, since she was 8, too? Small world.

    I think Madge sounds like a proud mom, and it seems like she has a firm and supportive hand. I have high hopes for Lola.

  7. Rianna says:

    I used to think that Madonna was a terrible parent and didnt have a clue about children but the more that I see interviews with her the more I am amazed that she seems like a very grounded parent.
    I like that she is going to make the clothes affordable and letting Lola experience her creative tendancies with the help of her to guide her during all this.
    I saw this segment on a TV show and the host showed a thing on an iguana with clothes on and he was making fun of the parents who did that and was like… where do you get these clothes? What kind of child would want that?
    She totally put him in his place by pointing out that any child that saw a iguana in clothes would want one. I was like… my god she actually does understand children and how they think.

  8. Sudini says:

    I think it’s a great idea as long as Madonna continues to prioritize Lola’s schooling over this. It gives Lola an incredible opportunity to learn and really develop her own creativity and sense of self. Madonna really does come across as a good, strong parent.

  9. lilred says:

    She is showing more credibility and creativity already at 13 ,than fellow “designer” Linday Lohan.

    Go Lola.

  10. Solveig says:

    Sometimes I wish I was a spoilt brat who’s getting the chance to do jobs like these and be cool, rich, self-centered, doing whatever I want just because my name is *insert the name of a famous person at random*.
    Life would probably be easier…

  11. lio says:


  12. waldemar says:

    Lourdes will never be a Lindsay or a Paris for that matter. Madonna would not allow it.

    In the doc I Will Tell You A Secret, Lourdes is interviewed aswell. In english and in french. She is absolutely like her mother. I think that is why Madonna understands her so well and keeps her from getting derailed.

    And Madonna being jealous of her daughter? No.

  13. Abby says:

    I don’t understand what the big issue is here. I think Madonna is right on for making sure her daughter focuses on school first, but… at 13, I had my own horse grooming business going. I explored the young entrepeneur route. Granted, thats a relatively safe industry for young girls, unlike fashion… Also I was nowhere near as successful as Lola already is– mad props to her for taking the situation she was born into and making something more of it. There are lots of kids that have that business mind-and whether or not they do well-they gain valuable experience. So, good for her. 🙂

  14. I think she should go for it. As long as Lola doesn’t break out into Noah Cyrus territory, she should be fine.

    I will say this…ol’ Madge may be odd, but she keeps the kids level!

  15. Ron says:

    I would absolutely have adored my Mom if I had had this kind of opportunity and she LET me do it! Go M and Lourdes!

  16. Feebee says:

    Sounds like Lola has a talent and a bit of experience thanks to her Mum’s job and friends so I can’t see why she can’t do it and do a good job. I’m sure Madonna won’t be allowing it at the expense of schooling so why not?

    I understand the why can’t kids be kids thing but there’s no reason to hold them back.

  17. Catherine says:

    Wow, she has gorgeous dark hair.

  18. lastwordlinda says:

    Good idea, Madonna. Get her into the fashion business and she can grow up to be as shallow as you are.

  19. Beck says:

    If kids have the ambition to invest themselves full-time in a time-consuming and serious project, why not? We always insist that “kids be kids” but why promote mediocrity when there are clearly some who wish to rise above it?

  20. JC126 says:

    Is it me, or is Lourdes starting to look more like Carlos Leon than Madonna? Usually she just looks like Madonna, but darker.

  21. lrm says:

    Better to use the connections she has, and do something productive/useful w/them…than to be a rich socialite kid who simply does drugs, parties or ‘makes appearances’, like so many other wealthy kids…i mean,uber rich elite.

    Hers just happens to involve fashion and public spotlight. I am sure if she were more interested in medicine or teaching or???, there would have been connections for those fields, as well.

  22. Cinderella says:

    I think Madonna and Carlos have done a great job with Lourdes. She seems like a wise little lady, and with the proper balance of education and freedom to create, she can build her own empire.

    She does look just like her daddy.

  23. Mistral says:

    When I was an elementary school kid, I was obsessed with Vogue and fashion design. If someone had given me a chance at doing something like this, I would have been the happiest kid in the world. It may be nepotism, or whatever, but hey–if you have connections, make use of them! I agree with the person who said, at least the kids of the rich who work to maintain that wealth are being productive. The worst are those people who have every advantage of family fortune and connections and squander everything on drugs/partying/etc. Or, merely spend what others have earned and never work a day of their lives.

  24. Emily says:

    Good on her for working and not just living off her mum’s fortune. Anything that stops another rich kid turning into a spoiled drug additcted brat is okay in my opinion. And from what I’ve seen of her clothes, I think she has good fashion sense, and I can see this working out for her.

  25. Guest says:

    I think that Madge has been an excellent Mom for her children. By all accounts she is strict and has tried to have them grow up out of the limelight as much as she can. However that interview from US weekly about her wishing her daughter would dress a bit more conservative? That was a little much. Figures though. Older women get very upset when they see others dressing the way they wish they could. Kind of sad.

  26. noonoo says:

    nepotism…I bet she’s not all that. I don’t buy she has more fashion sense than many other 13 year olds just because a posse of syncophantic designers pretended to indulge her and ask her opinions on clothes to become besties with her mum. Stinks of self-delusion. She’s 13…they couldn’t find a single fashion designer who might be say, qualified? Trained? Experienced. Snort.

  27. julia says:

    What is wrong with Madonna that she needs to hang out and take fashion advise from a 13 year old kid, even if the kid is her daughter.
    She is mothering or smothering her daughter.

    This is just weird, for gods sake let the kid be a kid, plenty of time to decide her life’s direction.

    Fashion advice from a 13yr old what next!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Jade says:

    I think a lot of people are underestimating this girl. The “It” girl of the moment is 13-year old fashion blogger Tavi Genvison. She writes much more intelligently than bloggers twice her age. She’s gone to several fashion shows and writes collums for Harpers Bazaar. That’s a resume many twenty-somethings can only dream of.

    Why can’t Lourdes do this? She has a much different upbringing than we do. She’s been exposed to this world from day one. She feels at home in it. Also, with a mom like hers she knows she will always be viewed as Madge’s daughter. That puts pressure on her to make it in life in her own way.

    Madonna is a woman with a work ethic. What’s wrong with using your connections to teach your daughter the same work ethic in a fun way?

  29. Jane says:

    She’s ugly, not beautiful.