Madonna, chatting to Harper’s Bazaar on how her early years inspired her groundbreaking, raunchy career. The singer, who was upset at the recent leak of her new demo ‘Give Me All Your Love’, spoke to the magazine about her family life and how it went on to shape her as an artist, saying “The fact that I didn’t have a mother helped me in some respect, and that I didn’t have a female role model. I was always very aware of sexual politics, growing up in a Catholic–Italian family in the Midwest, seeing that my brothers could do what they wanted but the girls were always told that they needed to dress a certain way, act a certain way.
“We were told to wear our skirts to our knees, turtlenecks, cover ourselves and not wear makeup, and not do anything that would draw attention. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits. I think my behaviour and my lifestyle threaten a lot of social norms.”