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Like A Virgin Madonna appeared on stage as a Material GirlConcerned (not really) with her hit Papa don't preachshe is still Causing A Commotiontwenty five years later and Lives To Tell about it.

She continues to Take A Bowevery time she steps into public. Paparazzi have a love/hate relationship with her, and her face has adorned manyVogue covers.

Men drool over her, women envy her, girls worship her.  

She continues to reinvent herself every decade as a singer, actress, business woman, philanthropist, and more importantly a mother. Madonna has one message- continue to
Express Yourself 

Like her or not, at 50 Madonna rocks. 




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      Amy L. Harden wrote Aug 18, 2008
    • Oh, Yana...please don't force me to celebrate Madonna turning 50...I just don't want to...please, excuse the whining...but I just can't muster up the enthusiasm that many people have invested in the commemoration of this pre-packaged, smartly marketed, Pop music idol and "Material Girl".  Everything about Madonna is "Vogue" and though I have enjoyed her music in the past, I do not include her in my list of woman that I look up to or would want my daughter's to emulate.  Madonna IS a Pop DIVA...high maintenence, slightly self-absorbed and leaves me wondering if her choices and endeavors as far as her writing children's books and adopting her son were not all for publicity sake and not coming truly from her inner spirit.  I can forgive her for some of her rather out there shannanigans in the past (i.e. her reality movie and book of her sexual escapades and her kissing Britney Spears and Christina on stage)...but really...Madonna is not the woman that comes to mind when I think of a woman to represent all of us who are turning 50 and Beyond.  I see a little girl that is still trying to grow up and get the approval of her father or the dominat males in her family; who wishes she was still in her twenties, just so she could get a piece of Justin Timberlake and not be considered a "cougar".  Madonna's past marketing still haunts her present actions.  The "Material Girl" no longer wants to be considered as such, but she still relies on what is in "en vogue"  to convince the world that she is a woman of excellence, significance and grace.  When you put her up against other women of substance of her age and older, such as: Oprah, Jamie Lee Curtis, Helen Mirren, Julie Andrews, Sophia Loren, Maya Angelou, Diane Carroll, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin...well, Madonna's star seems to shine less brightly...and oh, how I hope that she is able to use her second-adulthood to wash away the images that she has firmly implanted in all of our minds as to who she really is as a woman.  Indeed, this is a milestone birthday for our country's favorite free-spirited, sexually revolutionizing, mother, wife and rock star, yet just like the rest of us who have turned 50 recently it is only a birthday that marks the beginning of the challenge of building a final legacy that will be left behind long after we are here on earth...her journey will just be more public.

      So, with that...Happy Birthday! Madonna. Join the rest of us as we grow into the women we were meant to be...this will be the best years of your life...I hope and pray they will be filled with more substance and meaning for you...and that you will be willing to share we can see that you are more than a material girl.

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      Yana Berlin wrote Aug 18, 2008
    • Amy,

      I’m right there with you, however, we have to give this material girl credit. She is one smart cookie when it comes to marketing herself.

      A woman of elegance, significance and grace she is not.


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      Amy L. Harden wrote Aug 19, 2008
    • Agreed...never said that I didn’t like Madonna...just said I wasn’t going to join in the hoop-la that has been happening on ET, MTV, Insider, People Magazine, US and all the other mags on the TV, Newsstand, and the internet...This is what I do...write commentary about topics that are in the news or trends that seem to be occurring in our lives...I was commenting...that’s all.  Actually, in the end I did wish Madonna well on her I guess I joined the rest them...darn it, she found another way of getting some publicity...she IS good!

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      Carolyn Jung wrote Aug 23, 2008
    • If I could have biceps like that at 50, I’d be a happy woman. Heck, if I could have biceps like that now, I’d be even happier. ;)

      Whatever you think of Madonna, she is definitely a survivor. Remember when she first came out, black roots and all, dressed in thrift-shop T’s? Nobody thought she would last. And here she is, proving everyone wrong.

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