Today in Madonna History: January 27, 2005

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On January 27 2005, Hairdresser Julien D’Ys released a limited edition 46-page scrapbook documenting the creation of the hairstyles for Madonna’s Re-Invention Tour and the Steven Klein tour book photoshoot.

The scrapbook is available for sale through D’Ys website.

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Today in Madonna History: May 30, 2009

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On May 30 2009, Madonna attended the second annual Vueve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic polo match on Governor’s Island in New York.

She was joined by designer Marc Jacobs, photographer Steven Klein and her children Rocco and David.

The event raised money for Prince Harry’s organization supporting orphans with AIDS in the African nation of Lesotho.

Today in Madonna History: March 5, 2004

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On March 5 2004, Madonna began working with Steven Klein and Craig McDean (separately) to shoot the many looks for the tour book and promotional materials for her upcoming Re-invention World Tour.

Giovanni Bianco acted as the art director for the project.  Arianna Phillips was Madonna’s stylist. Julien d’Ys did Madonna’s hair and Gina Brooke did Madonna’s makeup.

Today in Madonna History: September 17, 2005

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On September 17 2005, Madonna shared the album cover for her 10th studio album, Confessions on a Dance Floor through her official website: www.madonna.com

Madonna collaborated with Steven Klein and Giovanni Bianco to create the album artwork.

Today in Madonna History: March 14, 2008

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On March 14 2008, the cover for Madonna’s Hard Candy album was revealed on People.com.  The photo was taken by longtime collaborator Steven Klein.

Today in Madonna History: March 8, 2007

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On March 8 2007, fashion store H&M started the online promotion for the M by Madonna clothing line.

The campaign was photographed by Steven Klein.

The H&M commercial that promoted the M by Madonna line featured Madonna, and was directed by Madonna.

M by Madonna became available in H&M stores in Hong Kong on March 10, and around the world on March 22, 2007.

Watch the commercial:

Today in Madonna History: January 4, 1991

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On January 4 1991, Madonna responded to a Rabbi’s accusation of anti-semitism for the song lyrics in the remix of Justify My Love, called The Beast Within.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, accused Madonna of insulting Jews by using this Bible reference:

“I know your tribulation and your poverty and the slander of those who say that they are Jews, but they are not, they are a synagogue of Satan.”

In a letter sent to Madonna’s manager, Freddy DeMann, Rabbi Cooper said the Wiesenthal Center was outraged and wanted the quotation withdrawn. “The imagery of ‘Jew as Devil’ has led to untold violence against the Jewish people and slander against Judaism over the course of the last 2,000 years,” the rabbi wrote.

He charged that the phrase could “contribute to those who seek to promote anti-Semitism” and said that neo-Nazi groups had used such imagery to promote racist ideology among youth.

Madonna responded with this statement:

“I certainly did not have any anti-Semitic intent when I included a passage from the Bible on my record. It was a commentary on evil in general. My message, if any, is pro-tolerance and anti-hate. The song is, after all, about love.”

Rabbi Cooper said he took Madonna at her word.

“She was direct to the issue, she responded quickly and we’re relieved that she did so,” the rabbi said.

How did you feel about The Beast Within the first time you heard it? 

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