L’Officiel Italia – Out Now!
The Italian Issue of L’Officiel Italia hits the newsstands today, Thursday 28 November.
As our readers know the magazine comes with three different covers – a colour variation of the graphic elements over the same gorgeous Madonna portrait by Ricardo Gomes, a nod to the Italian national flag.
The cover story is a beautiful eight-page piece with text by Donatella Versace.
Donatella Versace explains:
When I was asked to write this introduction, I became reflective. I have known Madonna for many, many years. She has been the star of three Versace advertising campaigns. But more than the celebrity, I have had the rare fortune of getting to know the woman. Of talking to her not only about work, but about life.
Because Madonna is extremely informed and culturally aware she can hold her own on any subject from music to art; on politics and our environmental crisis. In her latest album, I have found that same spirit of protest we first saw in her early work. Her only mission then seemed to be to shock the world – whereas her real goal was and has always been to expose things which, as a society, we didn’t have the courage to discuss. That is why she has always been criticized, misunderstood, minimized, and at times, vilified.
Her reaction was to crucify herself voluntarily. During the Confessions on a Dance Floor tour, there was a really powerful moment when she enters the scene on an enormous cross, wearing a crown of thorns, to sing “Live To Tell.”
Her beauty is—and excuse the word-play—divine.
To celebrate the release, the online website of L’Officiel Italia got in full Madonna mood with a note by the magazine’s editor Giampietro Baudo, a feature about the best Madonna looks curated by Simone Vertua, and Tarcila Bassi selecting the best Madonna videos from Like a Virgin to Medellín and the most popular Madonna quotes.
Stay tuned for more from The Rebel Queen cover story from L’Officiel Italia.