Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Why Is Everyone Freaking Out Over Madonna's Topless Photos?

The reaction to her shoot for Interview magazine has not been good.

Madonna has posed topless for a photo shoot with Interview magazine and the Internet's reaction has been largely, "Ermahgerd, but she's 56. EW!"

The pictures, taken by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, see Madge in a variety of raunchy poses in gorgeous Alexander McQueen lingerie that we wouldn't mind stealing for ourselves. 

As well as a series of photos that show off her cleavage in a selection of sexy corsets and bras, another shot sees Madonna pose fully topless in stockings and a cardigan. 

Interviewed as part of the magazine's Art Issue by magician David Blaine (of course), Madonna opens up about her views on drug use, saying that she has dabbled over the years.

"I mean, I tried everything once, but as soon as I was high, I spent my time drinking tons of water to get it out of my system. As soon as I was high, I was obsessed with flushing it out of me. I was like, Okay, I'm done now." 

She adds: "It's about how people take drugs to connect to God or to a higher level of consciousness. I keep saying 'Plugging into the matrix.' If you get high, you can do that, which is why a lot of people drop acid or do drugs, because they want to get closer to God." 

Of course, practically every mention of the pictures online is followed by a comment about how shocking it is, considering her age and all, and social media has seen countless people claim she is "too old" to be posing for sexy images like these. 

Yes, she is 56, but she also looks amazing, and whatever your views on women posing topless, her age and whether you personally find it sexy shouldn't come into it.

Do you want to hit 50 and suddenly be seen as an "old lady" who is no longer desirable or able to express her sexuality? I doubt it.

And for everyone saying, "No one wants to see Madonna topless," it's worth remembering that no one has to. Plus, maybe Madonna didn't do it for everyone else. The assumption that every time a woman flashes flesh she's doing it for someone else's approval is just a bit tiresome, if you ask me. 

As one Twitter user writes: "The way that I see it as long as 'Madonna topless' is going to be said in the same breath as her age, she should keep getting her boobs out." Hear, hear!

This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan UK 

Photography Marcus Piggott, Mert Alas / Interview Magazine

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