Katy Perry and Madonna for V Magazine

Posted on May 22, 2014

Katy and Madge get their Bettie Page on.

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Good lord. Bettie Page. Can we stop with this? Didn’t we already stop with this like five or six years ago? Hasn’t this horse been beaten to death? We love Bettie’s work, but it’s been so replicated and commodified at this point that it just feels tired. And so expected. Of course that’s the first concept that’s going to come up when you’ve got a Katy/Madge shoot in front of you. That’s why you cross it off the list and look for something more original.

Having said that, they look … good, we suppose. Katy makes a perfect Bettie. Madonna is a digital recreation of herself. And while we’re all for women of any age being sexy and expressing their sexuality, we can’t help finding it a little sad and boring to have a 55-year-old dressed up and directed to perform exactly the same way the 29-year-old alongside her is. How about drawing some distinctions and recognizing that they’re different women at different stages in their lives, instead of dressing them up alike, like dolls? There’s a reason that Britney/Madonna kiss became iconic.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Steven Klein for V Magazine]

    • Jessica Freeman

      I would agree. It’s boring as all get out because it’s expected. Down to the “V” hitting in the nether regions. Yawn.

      • Kent Roby

        Plus, you’d think that both of them would resist being styled like Beyonce in that Gaga video (Telephone) from 4 years ago. Yawn, indeed.

        • Man Dala

          That’s a very good point.

        • Alloy Jane

          I’m not gonna lie, I love that video. And lets face it, Beyonce’s Bettie Page is 10x better than Katy’s or Madge’s.

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      But darlings, of course it won’t be like the 18 zillion other Bettie Page styled shoots, because it will have Madonna and Katy Perry, and to make it even more original, we’ll dye half of Katy’s hair green and half black. Totes original! Totes not the same as all the others! TOTES!!

      It strikes me looking at this that Madonna looks more like Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford these days and Katy Perry looks a bit like Kate Winslet..

      • AnnaleighBelle

        I saw Joan Crawford as well. I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

        • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

          Probably not. Though I will say, anytime Mommie Dearest is screening as a surprise on my cable, I cannot do anything else but watch it. It is one of those movies for me, ones I cannot walk away from.

          Thankfully there are maybe at most 10 such movies otherwise how on earth would I ever get anything done, ever? :)

        • Anplica Fiore

          And see, I just saw a poor woman who has had 1 too many procedures done and her cheekbones & jaw will be all that’s left of her.

      • Lucía Gavello

        For some reason Katy’s face in the cover screams ANGELINA to me.

        • Caitlin Rain

          I think that’s because Angelina has the closest thing to the UBER-FACE, the one to which all Photoshop retouchers inch white (and non-white) ladystars ever closer.

          • Lucía Gavello

            That is so true! Also, the makeup, green eyes and bangs are reminiscent of the Maleficent poster maybe?

        • duneboi

          For some reason I see Madonna as a Barbara Stanwyck Double Indemnity / Marlene Dietrich Witness for the Prosecution morph here.

      • GorgeousThings

        I was trying to think of who Madonna looked like – FD/JC is exactly it!!

      • Alana

        Anyone else see Julianna Margulies face on Madonna?

    • imperfectlaura

      This reminds me of that awful Christina Aguilera music video “Not Myself Tonight” which I still have nightmares about.

    • KateMaryC

      When Madonna looks exactly the same age as Katy Perry, you are overdoing the photoshop.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Exactly!

      • http://thishotoldbroad.blogspot.com/ Sara Leigh Merrey

        Seriously! My first thought.

    • MilaXX

      I find it boring and a little sad. I want to see Madonna reinventing herself, no repeating herself in the attempt to compete or ride the coat tails of someone younger.

      • http://attiresmind.blogspot.com/ Kiltdntiltd

        The queen of reinvention could easily reinvent herself as a mature, talented woman, but nope, that’s not where we’re heading.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          And wouldn’t Madonna reinvented as a mature, talented woman be potentially spectacular? This shoot seems to indicate that Madonna herself is so taken with herself at a younger age that she is reluctant to move on.

          • http://attiresmind.blogspot.com/ Kiltdntiltd

            I would love to see here do an updated album of standards, with her persona designed as a classy chanteuse of a certain age.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I can see that,and imagine the fantastic photo shoots you could do with Madonna as a chanteuse.

            • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

              I can give her lessons in standards, class, and chanteuse-ing. Send her to me.

            • http://attiresmind.blogspot.com/ Kiltdntiltd

              You certainly can. M’dear. A meeting must be arranged!

            • boweryboy

              I would so love to see that. Her Fever cover is still one of my favorite Madonna tracks.

            • http://attiresmind.blogspot.com/ Kiltdntiltd

              Right? There is so much out there that is sexy, racy stuff that she could play with. Imagine what she could do with Cole Porter’s “Let’s Fall In Love”.

            • boweryboy

              The possibilities are endless…

            • teensmom99

              Sorry, but I don’t think she has the pipes for it and the standards would just expose that.

            • boweryboy

              In my mind, they would be dance covers of standards not literal covers. Otherwise I would find it boring and uninspired just like Madonna of late. I totally agree she doesn’t have the pipes for literal covers of standards but she does have the pipes for pop music.

            • alyce1213

              I agree, she doesn’t have the pipes for the standards. But they can ‘fix’ that digitally too. (boo)

            • http://www.facebook.com/1033main Marci Smethurst Wolcott

              I remember bringing You Must Love Me to my voice teacher and watching her roll her eyes before she even looked at the song because Madonna. The song itself won her over but my teacher had no respect for her as a vocalist.

            • teensmom99

              Interesting because I actually LOVED her as Evita and didn’t have problems with her singing there.

            • http://www.facebook.com/1033main Marci Smethurst Wolcott

              I loved her as Evita too -and that is a direction which would age so much more well than this one. My teacher didn’t think much of her as a vocalist over all so I’m sure she never bothered to watch her in Evita. I only posted the story because it does support some contentions, mentioned above, that moving into standards might highlight her vocal flaws.

            • ballerinawithagun

              Yes, Fever was fantastic!

        • TheDivineMissAnn

          Agreed. She’s turning herself into a laughingstock instead.

      • RCH

        And why should she reinvent herself? Because she’s done so many times before? What if she wants to not reinvent herself this time? Shouldn’t she have the right to without us criticizing every step of the way?

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          Don’t berate people for expressing an opinion.

          • RCH

            Well, my intention was not to hurt anyone. English is not my first
            language, and though I do not use it as an excuse, I must say that my
            initial post did not come across as I might have intended. What was in
            my head was pretty much what Wink said above, though my Latina genes
            came to surface, and I came off badly. I certainly did learn a new word
            today, berate.

            Other than that, I still think the commenter
            sounded rather demanding, and it put me off, clearly. I guess I should
            not live by Gloria Delgado’s “I am a Latina, I can feel whatever I
            want”.
            Either way, my apologies. It is not my intention to alienate people.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              Thank you for the apology. For future reference: It’s not your place to tell other commenters that they sound demanding. We would prefer it if you simply told them what you think or why you disagree instead of demanding that they explain themselves to you.

            • cocohall

              Even if English IS your first language, posts can sometimes sound harsher than intended. It’s happened to me! The fact that you apologized so nicely means that you have an open heart. :0) And the thing about Madonna, is she rarely elicits anything BUT a strong opinion. Love her or hate her, she demands to be noticed!

        • deelup

          It’s obvious she’s trying to be thought of as the young, “it” star of the moment in perpetuity. And she’s not anymore. She never will be again. She’s a legend now. I think people, and I say this as a fan of hers, want her to accept her legend status rather than desperately clawing at what? Katy Perry status? She’s more than that!

          • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

            Seriously. Maybe she equates being a legend with being dead, at least career-wise. :/

        • MilaXX

          She doesn’t have to reinvent herself. However in her prime she was well known & applauded for her constant reinvention. However she is in a profession that will indeed get her criticized. She had purposely put herself on display. Between whatever she has done to her face, the wearing of the gloves, the wearing grills and pictorials like this, she gives off the impression of someone trying desperately too look young and hip and only succeeding at looking desperate.

    • JaymeKay

      Fatigue.

    • Kayceed

      Deeply unerotic.

      • demidaemon

        It’s the unerotic underground.

    • RussellH88

      There’s no more photoshop left, right?

      This photoshoot with Madonna used it all. It’s all gone. Our photoshop reserves are depleted.

      • jilly_d

        Right? Everyone knows this is not even close to what she looks like.

      • AthenaJ

        I remember back when these hills were overrun with photoshop… then one day Madonna came to town and now our once rich lands are barren.

      • Orange Girl

        I was gonna say…one word comes to mind: photoshop.

    • Pink Sith

      I would like to see the pre-photoshop pictures.

      • Valdri8

        You would see them just long enough for the drone to triangulate the coordinates of your home and it be blown to smithereens – cut to Madonna at the controls in Patsy Stone eye tape and Gautier cycling gloves.

        • Pink Sith

          The imagery of your reply almost made me spew my tea all over my keyboard! You win the internets today!

    • MoHub

      Getting a definite Norma Desmond vibe from Madonna in this.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      I’m sort of impressed that Madonna agreed to be the submissive.

    • http://attiresmind.blogspot.com/ Kiltdntiltd

      No, no a thousand times, no! Lessee, what words am I looking for here? Trite, vulgar, and over-processed. Yep those will do.

    • beebee10

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • Denise Alden

        Zzzzzz . . . me, too!

    • Anna

      Fontrum: Madonna. Beside Johnny Depp.

    • KinoEye

      It just reeks of desperation on Madonna’s end. “Look! I’m still sexy! I’m just as sexy as the 29-year-old next to me, sexy in exactly the same way! I’m still young! DAMNIT, I’M STILL HOT!” Which has the unintended effect of making it all very unsexy.

    • Latin Buddy

      Poor Madonna. So desperate to stay relevant that she has to continue to play up the sex factor. I’m not slut shaming and not denying someone’s right to flaunt their sexy flag, but it’s now her default. Where is the innovation? Where is the theatrical drama?!

      • Kayceed

        I always thought she should look to the French – they age so gracefully, with sex appeal to burn – Anouk Aimee, Catherine Deneuve.

      • alyce1213

        It’s as creative and innovative as her wearing a sign around her neck “I AM STILL RELEVANT (Aren’t I?)”

    • MarissaLG

      YAWN.

    • Jeremiah Capacillo

      Re the Britney-Madonna kiss, I find it hilarious how everyone overlooked the fact that Madonna kissed Christina too. Hehe.

      • kimmeister

        I have always wondered about that too. Poor Christina must’ve felt like chopped liver.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      TLo said: How about drawing some distinctions and recognizing that they’re different women at different stages in their lives, instead do dressing them up alike, like dolls? Thank you.

    • javajunkie

      They really need to start adding a Photoshop credit, along with the photographer and stylist.

    • wasabi

      I find it a bit vulgar, and I am not one to be offended easily.

      • Leigh David

        Yes, I thought of that Dorothy Sayers’ line in Murder Must Advertise, “Some people can be funny without being vulgar, and some can be both funny and vulgar. I should recommend you to be either the one or the other.”

    • Sobaika

      This is very tired and lame. Even they don’t look that interested in it.

    • SewingSiren

      Oh, they’re referencing Bettie Page? I was getting Death Becomes Her (comedy).

      • http://www.redriverhistorian.com texashistorian

        Oh my gosh I LOVE that movie! When Meryl Streep sees her reflection in her car mirror and screams in terror, I cry laughing. I do that when I’m in the car with friends, but they don’t get it (or they agree with my scream, ha). :)

    • @Biting Panda

      subtle.

    • nycfan

      Madge looks like Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest in that solo shot to me … Very disappointing use of these divas IMO.

    • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

      Does the “V” in V Magazine actually stand for Vagina? Because that’s the only excuse for that placement.

    • HeatherMcIlrath

      I refuse to believe that’s katy perry’s face on the cover. it looks like they decided to cut costs and just photograph raunchy photos of wax dolls.
      needless to say these photos are not my favorite.

    • BlairBear

      This is so sad. So when you reach a certain age they won’t photoshop you beyond recognition they will photoshop your features onto another model. Although to be fair to V Magazine I am sure that this was either Madonna’s request or she supported this decision. I would have the littlest bit of respect for her if she would just embrace her age and stop foisting herself on us as “mamas still got it” the it being photoshop and surgical enhancements.

      • Kayceed

        The last time I saw a red carpet photo of Madonna it was shocking – she looked so different from whatever editorial spreads I had been seeing that I really thought she looked bad in comparison. Surely this ongoing discrepancy is not a good thing.

        • BlairBear

          It is so blatantly obvious. Also if she stopped trying to push herself as young she would probably look much younger. Stop borrowing Lordes hipster gear and dress like a full grown woman. I have nothing but respect for women especially celebrities who can just say you know what i’ve aged its happens to everyone lucky enough to live a long life.

    • Wink

      This is awful… for too many reasons to list. Because Madonna has reinvented herself (sometimes brilliantly) so often, we have come to expect something “new” from her every time. Why don’t we hold other pop/rock stars to the same standard? Steven Tyler (with his scarves), Mick Jagger (with his chicken dance), and Stevie Nicks (as a twirling witch) have been giving us the same schtick for decades! It’s depressing, but if Madge wants to portray a “55-year-old pinup into bondage” let her have it.

      • Judih1

        The other singers you mentioned were never masters of reinvention – even during their prime. The had a look and stuck with it. Same with Deborah Harry.

        But reinvention was always one of Madonna’s calling cards – keeps us guessing cause you never know what you are going to get. So in a sense she set us up to EXPECT reinvention, which is we we are so shocked and disappointed that she defaulting this look – over and over and over again.

        • Wink

          Damn her to hell for setting us up:)

        • Lori

          Exactly. Madonna called the game, we’re just playing by the rules she set. The fact that the is no longer working for her at all is a problem that I wish she’d at least try to solve.

    • Coolekat

      YUK

    • queeniethebold

      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

      And: ick.

    • Karen Belgrad

      The only thing shocking about this photo shoot is that it wasn’t done by Terry Richardson.

    • Mona_Visa

      Love these two, Madonna is my hero, but for me? And my own personal… Um, needs, shall we say…? I NEED MORE S&M HERE. Madonna should be giving orders and there should be a look of GENUINE FEAR on Katy’s face.

      • Sobaika

        Laughing out loud and I can not even begin to explain to my colleagues why. You win.

    • Danielle

      OH I GET IT V FOR VAGINA SO SUBTLE I ALMOST DIDN’T GET IT AMIRITE GUISE

      • demidaemon

        HA! Really, they should just put that on the cover of every issue, Sesame Street style.

    • Valdri8

      I am Madonna’s age and still pretty hot when I get dressed up – so I totally get it – we are middle aged, but we are not dead. However, you need to totally own your shit like it is and be a role model for older women still being sexy, or you have to stick that shit away. This photo-shop mess is embarrassing.

    • MarTeaNi

      I’ll buy the “Bettie Page” photo shoot concept when the women involved learn how to crack a damn smile. Bettie was a lot of things but “dead serious” wasn’t one of them. This isn’t Page drag, this is a semi-period piece with a Bummer Filter.

      • http://www.dinnerisserved1972.com DinnerIsServed1972

        I concur. One of the things that MADE Bettie was the wink that she always seemed to have in her photos–even some of the more extreme bondage.

      • decormaven

        Bummer Filter FTW.

      • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

        Can one cry WERQ for a comment? Because if so, WERQ.

      • demidaemon

        Bummer Filter should be the new name for all Photoshop that erases the actual person.

    • RescueMe23

      Obviously Madonna’s photos have been digitally improved – but I’m betting Katy’s have as well. I’ll stick with the fact that she’s 55 and can do what ever she pleases – God bless her – I think she’s earned the right.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      I find it hard to recognize either one of them. Madonna looks like Joan Crawford. I do like the green in Katy’s hair, its the only color here.

      • Imasewsure

        The Crawford edge is what I liked about this… too photoshopped but I’m not hating any of it even if it is too derivative.

    • gitchygitchymama

      It’s now official; the magazine and it’s precious ‘editoria’l are dead. RIP…………predictable and cliched.

    • boweryboy

      I had high hopes that Madonna would age gracefully and still be as fierce and fabulous as she was in the ’80s and ’90s, but this mid life crisis of hers seems to be never ending. Like it or not, I’ve resigned myself to this being the Madonna we’re going to get for the rest of her life – a middle aged woman desperately seeking Susan of 1985.

      • formerlyAnon

        I spent the last two or three years mourning her refusal to be the person I thought she was/would become back in the ’80s. Maybe it was me, imbuing her with qualities of attitude and emotional chutzpah that she never really had. No matter. I’m over it now. And her. I’ve reached that moment after a break up when you realize it doesn’t hurt anymore.

    • Danielle

      Maybe I’m reading into it, but Katy does not look like she wants to be there.

      • SewingSiren

        Judging by the amount of “art” in the pictures , maybe neither one of them were there.

    • Victoria Anzalone

      Gross.

    • madge

      for some reason i’m having a vision of jenna maroney with scotch tape all over her face singing the saddest version of “forever young” in the mirror.

    • kimmeister

      Magazine’s pitch to Madonna: “You get to wear gloves.”
      Madonna: “I’m in! I’ll do whatever you want!”

      I always find white lower lid eyeliner to be repellent, but in the first picture it almost looks mint green on Madonna. *shudders*

    • teensmom99

      “Madonna is a digital recreation of herself”–exactly.

    • AC Simons

      Madonna has been photoshopped out of existence. This is really sad – she is not a young woman and that’s OK. Why can’t she just go the Marlene Dietrich route (though Ms. Dietrich used a lot of tricks to stay looking tight) and be a sexy and interesting older woman?

    • Judih1

      This is sad AND boring. Is anyone else tired to seeing women portrayed as either Bettie Page or a Lolita?

      • Sarah

        EVERYONE.

      • decormaven

        Praying, praying for the Renaissance. Where is the art, for crying out loud? We’re just going to keep doing the same schtick until it is completely rent of meaning. Grrrrrr……

      • Alloy Jane

        If I thought a Change dot org petition could eliminate mindless derivation from the media and entertainment, I’d make one right now.

    • AnaRoW

      What I find interesting is how well Katy is modeling while Madonna’s face is frozen in that one expression. I’d have thought it would have been the opposite.

    • PastryGoddess

      Bettie Page did it better

    • FrigidDiva

      Madonna is about the same age as my mom and Katy Perry and I are the same age, so I find this whole photo shoot disturbing beyond belief when I put it into that kind of context. While I think that every woman has the right to be as sexy as they want at any age, there’s always a right way and a wrong way to show that and honestly, for both these women it’s just wrong. I would really love to get falling back on bondage or school-girl Lolita as the only style genres that photograhers and art directors can come upp with for photo shoots for women.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      This is not helping my digestive problems today. Not at all.

    • another_laura

      zzzzz

      Madge is starting to look like Joan Crawford.

    • deech_sea

      Maybe Madonna is terrified of following in the footsteps of Grace Slick. I imagine it’s a slippery slope.

      • alliekat9090

        I would actually have more respect for her if she did.

    • Kent Roby

      This shoot smells like cigarettes and desperation.

      • decormaven

        Flop Sweat on Parade.

    • Terri Terri

      hideous

    • frannyprof

      So boring. So expected. So depressing.

    • Tee

      Betty was usually smiling. She was in on the joke. These women are taking Betty way too seriously and contribute nothing new to this point of view.

      • P M

        EXACTLY. She looked like she was having fun.

    • Sofia

      Photoshop overkill, boring, been done already. Give it up girls you look desperate.

    • bluefish

      Of course.

    • EEKstl

      Yawn.

    • Pennymac

      I’m a Betty Page lover, but this is dreck and an insult to her memory. This delusional youth thing Madge has going on grosses me out.

    • shopgirl716

      Didn’t Madonna do an entire book like this twenty something years ago?

    • formerlyAnon

      It’s not just that the 55 year old is a posing/dressed just like the 29 year old. It’s that the 55 year old has already done multiple photo shoots exactly like this. Over the last several decades. Except not with that wig.

    • Lily

      Of any of the other wannabe Madonnas, I’d say Katy hits closest to the mark. Not the snake wrangler, not Lady Gag-me, but Perry. Love them together, even if the styling is predictable.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Are they asleep in the last picture? Maybe they got bored by it all.

    • Dany

      Did anyone notice the MASSIVE AMOUNT of photoshop in Katy’s picture, the third one? My god.

      • NMMagpie

        It’s just a massive amount of photoshop in this editorial. I wish it was not so noticeable.

      • alliekat9090

        It looks like her head isnt attached to her body.

    • alliekat9090

      This is just tired. The constant hanging around and performing with female pop stars young enough to be her daughters is just kind of sad. She has held the world in the palm of her hand for almost 30 years and she is throwing all away in a desperate attempt to compete. Madonna , honey, you are so much better than that. Or you were. You should be moving into Grande Dame territory instead of trying to be a sex kitten.

    • AthenaJ

      Oh dear, grandma’s gotten into the bondage gear again. Katy, stop encouraging nana’s bad behavior!

    • poorellensmith

      Madonna is just… I mean…this is pitiful.

    • marlie

      Is it weird that the most I can muster up is “meh”? I mean, they both look good, I guess, but it’s all been done before, and by them, I’m pretty sure. Also, this is a plastic, robot version of Madonna, not the real Madge. It has to be.

    • eruannalle

      i wouldn’t have known that was katy perry on the cover if you hadn’t told me. jesus. same for her solo shot – she’s completely unrecognisable to me. what’s the point?

    • FibonacciSequins

      I was bored by Madonna doing this 25 years ago, still bored now.

    • sweetlilvoice

      This one of the saddest celebrity things I’ve seen today. Ugh. Madonna looks like she’s plastic, her make up is terrifying old lady style. I like Bettie Page too, but can we move on indeed?

    • PseudoPsychoProf

      Are there any fashion icons from the past left for Madonna to channel? Charles Nelson Reilly?

      • ktr33

        BWAAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • MissusBee

      They should have done them as a President and First Lady (from different eras). That would have been FUN.

    • Qitkat

      If any one ever photoshopped/graphed me to look like that Madonna I would sue the living daylights out of them.

    • Man Dala

      I think this photoshoot rakes of DESPERATION on Madonna’s part. She’d do ANYTHING to stay current except for ageing gracefully. That includes allowing the editorial to be photoshopped beyond human recognition to the point that she looks like Katy Perry’s twin sister in a blonde wig. I find it pathetic.

    • ktr33

      Bettie Page meets Helmut Newton

    • ktr33

      Madge is more like Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane than Bettie Page. How about a compromise — Betty White!

    • SierraDelta

      Dear Madge,

      Photoshop magic would eliminate whatever it is that makes you feel compelled to camouflage your aging hands. Gloves are optional in photo shoots, even in a setting so blatantly cliched and unimaginatively choreographed as this one. Your boobs look great, as always.

      Your friend,
      SierraDelta

    • Griffinqueen

      Replace Madonna with Dita Von Teese to erase the “gross” factor.

      • Fannie Wolston

        Can’t see Dita tied up on the couch though, but could see her tightening madonna’s knots!

    • SuzyQuzey

      SO MUCH PHOTOSHOP

    • http://tvblogster.blogspot.com Boop

      They exhaust me.

    • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

      This is all horrid.

    • Jean Beaton Leavitt

      I am so disappointed in Madonna. I thought she would have the courage to age, of all people. 55 isn’t even that old.

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/the-downton-abbey-dish-season-4-episode-5/ Gotham Tomato

      Madonna doesn’t look like Bettie Page here: She looks like Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford (especially in that second picture)!!!

      –GothamTomato

    • demidaemon

      Katy looks decent, I suppose. Madonna, I just can’t at this point and it is making me sad.

    • http://www.redriverhistorian.com texashistorian

      Whenever I see Katy Perry, she looks like someone who is not Katy Perry. She is very pretty and all, but has a completely generic face. Sorry, sweetie. And Madonna, dear, we get the irony. We got it 30 years ago.

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      True dat. While Bettie Page is an icon, my life will be just fine if I never see another Bettie Page like photo shoot again.

    • CatLady

      What a sad set of photos.

    • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

      Not one original idea. I can only imagine the huge amount of $$$, people, time and drama that it took to put together this trite excess of photoshopping! ZERO creativity!

    • Contralto

      Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Madge. Really? As a peer (vintage ’59), I can get away with saying this. Age gracefully, already. This is just fucking tragic.

    • Fannie Wolston

      Yawn! where’s the tension in this S&M shoot, not one genuine sneer either? they need to be channeling some Wanda or Hatchet-face

    • Teresa Wyatt

      Madge is channeling some kinky Joan Crawford here. Dang, Rotten Tomato beat me to the punch line!

    • http://lippsisters.com Roberta Lipp

      I agree with you guys 100% — had the exact same thoughts about how weird it is, especially in this first shot, that Madonna should look the same age as Katy, and how it would be cool to show the age differences.
      But now that I think about it, this culture says no. BDSM imagery; fine. Sexy. Lesbian imagery; fine. Sexy. But lesbian imagery where one is obviously of a different generation? a female “big daddy?” NO WAY EWW THAT’S GROSS (say the straight white males).

    • Clash D

      The Magic of Photoshop.

    • Alloy Jane

      Ugh, why can’t she just accept that she is aging? She needs to do some volunteer work at a burn unit or something. Youth and beauty aren’t everything, and physical beauty is so fragile as to be worthless. If she had gone a more “Mrs. Robinson” route and still did the sexy sexy, I’d be down with that because she’d be owning who she actually is, not who she used to be.

      Katy Perry is boring. I totally expect this from her.

    • malarson2

      Harsh and over-buffed are just the opposite direction Madonna should be going. Nothing ‘hard’ should be applied to her…not angles or lighting or makeup or clothing. Get back that short bob with super-soft big curls, stop with the arms, and be sexy in a feminine and flowy way. I realize these pics are all stylized, but imagine her at 55 without red lips or long hair. I think she would be gorgeous, keeping her sexy going while also not embarrassing herself. She did so much for female pop stars when I was a teenager. I wish she’d be doing the same thing now, but for women in their 50s. Just imagine how hot she still could be…

    • katarama

      dear god,they airbrushed the daylights of that woman.