Katy and Madge get their Bettie Page on.
Katy Perry and Madonna are featured in the Summer 2014 issue of V Magazine photographed by Steven Klein and styled by Arianne Phillips.
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]
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