Madonna In O Magazine
As we’ve told you few weeks ago, the new issue of Oprah Winfrey‘s Magazine O features a new interview with Madonna.
Our friends at MadonnaPolis sent us their own scan of the magazine which features a nice new picture by Kwaku Alston with Madonna and Oprah back to back at Harpo Studios in Chicago.
The Magazine is available at all good newsagents in the Us. Import copies will arrive to Europe in a couple of weeks.
Check out below some extracts from the very interesting interview in which Madonna discusses her present, past and future.
Oprah: Can you believe the life you’ve created for yourself? I ask this as someone who, at moments, has to step back and look at where I’ve come from. Does that happen to you?
Madonna: It happens when other people remind me of it. If someone shows me a retrospective of all the videos I’ve done I go, “Wow, that’s me? I did that?”
Oprah: I remember once seeing myself on a magazine cover and thinking, Gee, that’s me. I knew everyone who looked at that cover would have their own idea of who they think I am. When you take away the Madonna packaging and marketing, who are you at your core?
Madonna: I’m just a scruffy, tough girl from Michigan who really loves learning and is curious about life.
Oprah: Is it true that when you moved to New York in 1977, you had just 35 dollars on you?
Madonna: Yep, 35 bucks.
Oprah: Back then, could you have imagined the life you have now?
Madonna: No way, Jose! I just wanted to be a professional dancer. I was going to be happy if I made it onto Broadway.
Oprah: What do you think Madonna the icon represents to the world?
Madonna: A lot of people say I’m fearless, I’m courageous, I take risks.
Oprah: So what is Kabbalah?
Madonna: It’s a belief system that gives you tools to deal with life. Many of its principles resemble concepts in Christianity or in Buddhism.
Oprah: What is the fundamental principle?
Madonna: Each of us is responsible for everything that happens in our lives. When good things happen, we win an award, meet the love of our lives, or get a promotion, we take ownership of that. But when bad things happen, we get fired or we divorce, we often don’t take responsibility. We call it something that just happened. I now understand that just as we can draw the positive, we can draw the negative.
Oprah: So was that kiss with Britney at the MTV Video Music Awards planned?
Madonna: In rehearsal, it was planned that I would kiss Britney and Christina. A short, simple kiss, the whole idea was that the groom kisses the brides. But it was only meant to be playful, not anything erotic. When Britney went to kiss me, she just went for it. I tried to go with it so it wouldn’t be wierd. I’m a showgirl. After 20 years in show business, I’ve learn to roll with the punches. Also, you remember when Michael Jackson kissed Lisa Marie Presley on the MTV Awards? Our kiss was a play on that too. We were playing with lots of postmodern iconography. Does that sound good?
Special thanks to Barb