I have always loved the Esquire cover and interview... Great outtake!
Great shot. And boy o' boy, did Norman Mailer drag her around by that leash in the Esquire interview. I loved their dialogue regarding SEX....MAILER: Let me begin with smaller things and work toward larger ones. I thought your text, while it was funny, was either too much or not enough. There could have been more, and that would have balanced the photographs. Or there should have been less. But the way it was, turned out arch and cute. Besides, the book was a misery to hold.MADONNA: That’s part of it. It was meant to be a piece of pop art.MAILER: Yes, but I have the idea — correct me if I’m wrong — that the idea of metal covers did not come from you.MADONNA: What we originally wanted was something completely encased in metal with a lock you couldn’t get into….MAILER: Now, that’s an idea….MADONNA: We couldn’t manufacture it because it was too costly. The best thing we could come up with as a cony promise was that.MAILER: Well, there you go. Once you have to compromise an idea, maybe it’s better to do without it. I thought you were going to say, as you did in Sex, “I’m not interested in porno movies because everybody is ugly and faking it and it’s just silly,” and yet you were going to attempt to shock people, then you should have had a beaver shot yourself. Given the number of nude and seminude pictures of you in costume, I thought that was an evasion, as if you or your advisers were saying, “Beaver shots could hurt us comercially. What we want is soft porn.” So, the fact that Sex was designedly commercial got a lot of people’s backs up. They felt you were promoting yourself without large enough commitment. This sets up a dismissal of the reader.MADONNA [laughs]: I see your point.
I love the cover of Esquire too. I have it in a full size poster from the cover of a Japanese calendar from 1995.
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love it brian. i always thought with that interview, she had respect for him and came down a few notches and he pulled things out of her that others may not have been able to. xo
Just AMAZING!! Thanks again!
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Is that armpit hair or just shadow? if the former, then ewwww.