Madonna graces the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s December 2011 issue with Andrea riseborough, the lead actress in W.E., Madonna’s directorial debut. Inside, Madonna discusses her sense of self and female sexuality.
On her sense of self: “I think it’s just that as a creative person, in all the different things that I’ve done or ways that I’ve found to express myself, I’ve consistently come up against resistance in certain areas. I think that the world is not comfortable with female sexuality. It’s always coming from a male point of view, and a woman is being objectified by a man—and even women are comfortable with that. But when a woman does it, ironically, women are uncomfortable with it. I think a lot of that has to do with conditioning.”
On female sexuality: “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.”
Also in the December 2011 issue: a holiday gift guide and a report on next season’s fashion. For more, pick up the issue when it arrives on newsstands on November 29 or head to HarpersBazaar.com.