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Madonna has been a very influential female "popstar" over the last 20 years: to sell her music she has publicised herself through the media, and through this media she has stuck to the concept that "sex does sell" - discuss

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Madonna Madonna has been a very influential female "popstar" over the last 20 years: to sell her music she has publicised herself through the media, and through this media she has stuck to the concept that "sex does sell". Madonna was born on the 16th of August 1958 as Louise Veronica Ciccone, in Bay City, Michigan. She began her journey into the most influential industry and medium by moving to New York to become a ballerina. From this young age she was very aware of the human body and the way it is perceived. She knew that the body needed to be sold in some way, to 'make it' in these types of industries. At this stage of her life she became anorexic in an attempt to become the "stereotypical" ballerina figure. Louise eventually left her ballerina days, and turned to music. ...read more.


By using and exploiting her sexuality, with the use of pictures, music, lyrics, and books, her image is almost always associated with the word sex. Through Madonna's music we see that sexuality plays a large role in many aspects: the context, the names of albums and the lyrics. Examples of these are from her second album "like a Virgin" which was less poppier than the first but sultrier and sexier, focussing on sexual issues. Her fourth album "Erotica" seemed to continue with this theme, which was one of her most sex-orientated albums. So how has Madonna used her sexual powers to influence the music industry? Her first book Sex She is symbolic for women in our generation, as she is the first female pop star to have such an enormous following, and she broke the conventions of the usual 80's popstar. Madonna seemed to give pop a new dimension, and made the genre and the industry more female orientated. ...read more.


Next to mine With these transitions throughout her albums we are shown a different Madonna, exploiting sex in different ways. In the 1990's people started to react to Madonna's use of sexuality through her music and video clips. Her video clip "Justify My Love" was banned by MTV due to its "overall tone of sexuality". Also in her video clip "Vogue" she was placed in a see through shirt. Many people were outraged that this clip was not censored. Madonna= Change her name to Esther? In 1986 Nude black and white photos were published in Playboy and Penthouse magazines. These were from the early 1980's when she posed for art photographers to make money. However, Madonna further outraged the public by saying "So what?" to the fact these pictures were published. She announced that she was happy and proud of her image, and was not shy about her sexuality. ...read more.

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