Interview’s May issue sports two breathtaking covers starring Madonna that make all others look limp-wristed and half-hearted by comparison. The two stunning photos – choose the one you like most on your cover- of La Ciccone by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Ludivine Poiblanc, signal the start of what continues within: an extensive interview and fashion shoot of over twenty pages with the all-time long-distance Champion of Pop.
The two stunning covers show Madonna close-up, homing in on that iconic face, elaborated in a stark palette of black, white and over-painted red. For a woman who, amongst many other things, is famed for her ability to reinvent herself, there’s something vaguely familiar in both the mode of the images and the styling and art direction. The recurring image of the cross, the hair, something about the pose: it’s all rather reminiscent of the Madonna persona in the early years; that certain something that captured attention in the first place.
As the title on the cover indicates, this is classic Madonna, bringing it home and back to her roots in many senses. Needless to say, it’s all a rather pleasant twist in approach given that many might expect yet another new image from a woman who has undergone more metamorphoses than nature’s most elaborate life cycles . But who would expect anything else from Interview? Distilled to the quintessence and yet always fresh, both the covers and feature inside are things that ardent fans – or even just those who want to know exactly how this individual has held the international public’s attention for so long- miss at their own peril.