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Madonna And Andrea Riseborough Cover Harper?s Bazaar

Madonna and her prot?g?, British actress Andrea Riseborough cover the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar. In the inside article the 53 year-old singer talks about her life and the process of directing her first movie W.E. Here are some excerpts:

On feeling different:

?For some reason, I feel like I never left high school, because I still feel that if you don?t fit in, you?re going to get your ass kicked,? she says. ?That hasn?t really changed for me. I?ve always been acutely aware of differences and the way you are supposed to act if you want to be popular.?

On growing up without a mother:

?The fact that I didn?t have a mother helped me in some respect, and that I didn?t have a female role model. I was always very aware of sexual politics, growing up in a Catholic-Italian family in the Midwest, seeing that my brothers could do what they wanted but the girls were always told that they needed to dress a certain way, act a certain way. We were told to wear our skirts to our knees, turtlenecks, cover ourselves and not wear makeup, and not do anything that would draw attention. One of my father?s famous quotes ? and I love him dearly, but he?s very, very old-fashioned?was ?If there were more virgins, the world would be a better place.??

?Wow, Papa,? I say, laughing. ?I?m sure he wouldn?t say that now,? she says. ?He?s probably cringing. Obviously, that was when I was young. And then, going to high school, I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn?t fit into that. So I decided to do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits.?

On boys making fun on her at school:

?The boys in my school would make fun of me,? she continues. ??Hairy monster.? You know, things like that.? It wasn?t until her teenage years, when she began hanging out at gay clubs, that Madonna started to find herself. ?Straight men did not find me attractive,? she says. ?I think they were scared of me because I was different. I?ve always asked, ?Why? Why do I have to do that? Why do I have to look this way? Why do I have to dress this way? Why do I have to behave this way???

Read the full interview via HARPER’S BAZAAR

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