Madonna transforms into the Virgin Mary and recreates scenes from The Last Supper as she graces cover of Vanity Fair’s Icon Issue after 40th anniversary tour announcement
Madonna transformed into the Virgin Mary as she graced the cover of Vanity Fair’s first-ever Icon Issue.
The singer, 64, donned an extravagant Dolce & Gabbana headpiece along with a dark veil for the project, a collaboration between the French, Italian and Spanish editions of the magazine.
The Queen of Pop, who recently announced a 40th anniversary tour, also recreated the painting of The Last Supper for the daring shoot.
Icon: Madonna transformed into the Virgin Mary as she graced the cover of Vanity Fair’s first-ever Icon issue
Madonna’s veil featured gold embroidery while she had tears streaming down her face in the regal shot.
For The Last Supper image, she wore a cream pleated dress under bright red robes while surrounded by a group of women.
In a racier look, the star wore a bronze corset along with a pair of dark tights and a floral headpiece as she held hands with a male model.
In a fourth black and white shot, Madonna appeared to be suspended by a rope while surrounded by bullfights.
Breathtaking: The Queen of Pop, who recently announced a 40th anniversary tour , also recreated the painting of The Last Supper for the daring shoot
‘In this very special issue, Madonna becomes Madonna again: an icon. Not just the embodiment of a musical trend or a style of dress, but a figure as disturbing as she is sacred,’ Olivier Bouchara, Head of Editorial Content for Vanity Fair France, said in a statement.
During the interview, Madonna said: ‘This is a good time for me — I’m gathering ideas, getting inspired, hanging out with creative people, watching films, seeing art, listening to music.’
Madonna recently announced a 40th anniversary Celebration tour, taking in 35 dates across North America and Europe.
Produced by Live Nation, the tour will kick off in North America on July 15th at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC with stops in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles.
Pose: In a racier look, the star wore a bronze corset along with a pair of dark tights and a floral headpiece as she held hands with a male model
Photoshoot: In a fourth black and white shot, Madonna appeared to be suspended by a rope while surrounded by bullfights
She will then make her way to Europe where she will hit 11 cities throughout the fall, including London on October 24th, continuing onto Barcelona, Paris, and Stockholm, among others.
The Celebration Tour will wrap in Amsterdam, NL on Friday, December 1st at Ziggo Dome.
The shows will take audiences on Madonna’s artistic journey through four decades and pay respect to the city of New York where her career in music began.
Madonna said: ‘I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for.’
On the road: Madonna recently announced a 40th anniversary world tour (pictured in 2022)
On the road: The announcement won’t come as a surprise to some, as it had previously been reported Madonna was planning her first ever Greatest Hits tour
The Celebration Tour will offer a one-of-a-kind experience with special guest Bob the Drag Queen a.k.a. Caldwell Tidicue across all dates on the global tour.
Tickets go on sale starting Friday, January 20th at 10am local time at madonna.com/tour.
Madonna’s previous tour saw her perform at significantly smaller theatre venues, but for this Greatest Hits tour she is expected to take to the stage and huge stadiums.
Last year, Madonna hinted that she was ready to get back on the road and tour again, telling Variety: ‘I want to go on tour again, I’m a creature of the stage. That is my happy place.’
THE CELEBRATION TOUR NORTH AMERICA & EUROPE DATES
Sat Jul 15 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Tue Jul 18 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Sat Jul 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
Tue Jul 25 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Thu Jul 27 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Sun Jul 30 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Wed Aug 02 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Sat Aug 05 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Mon. Aug 07 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Wed Aug 09 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Sun Aug 13 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Sat Aug 19 – Montreal, QC – Centre Bell
Wed Aug 23 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Thu Aug 24 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Wed Aug 30 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Sat Sep 02 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Tue Sep 05 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Thu Sep 07 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Sat Sep 09 – Miami, FL – Miami-Dade Arena
Wed Sep 13 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Mon Sep 18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Thu Sep 21 – Austin, TX – Moody Center ATX
Wed Sep 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena
Wed Oct 04 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Sat Oct 07 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Sat Oct 14 – London, UK – The O2
Sat Oct 21 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
Wed. Oct. 25 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
Sat Oct 28 – Stockholm, SE – Tele2
Wed Nov 01 – Barcelona, ES – Palau Sant Jordi
Mon Nov 06 – Lisbon, PT – Altice Arena
Sun Nov 12 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
Mon Nov 13 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
Wed Nov 15 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
Thu Nov 23 – Milan, IT – Mediolanum Forum
Tue Nov 28 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena
Fri Dec 1 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome
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