For decades, Madonna has been at the forefront of feminism. Her music, art and overall sexified presence helped to push the movement and discussion forward for women everywhere. Today, as the Like a Virgin singer pushes 60, she’s using her status (and a new line of beauty products) to give a voice to those who feel discriminated against for their age.
In an interview with Popsugar, she discussed the struggle and her enduring optimism through the current political era.
“We need to get people to look deeper into the double standards and hypocrisy that have existed for so long,” she said in the interview. “It’s not just equal rights for women, it’s equal rights for women of all ages. Ageism is something that runs very, very deep in our DNA as humans. I think women and men are guilty of it. So, I hope that that is the result of what’s happening right now.”
The Material Girl’s latest materialization is MDNA Skin, an ultra luxe line of face creams and potions that includes products like a Finishing Cream (which retails for $250 USD), which is a moisturizer infused with special thermal water extracted from Montecatini, Italy, and is supposed to make the wearer’s skin look renewed, plump and hydrated.
While this latest product is meant to keep the skin on the face looking fresh, Madonna isn’t shy about using her products in other places. The entertainer encourages fans to use her Magnetic Clay Mask on their behinds, which may be a bit over the top (and the star admits as much in this latest interview) but her underlying message, which echoes her statement-making speech on women in the music industry at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, is one worth sharing.
“The thing that makes you feel the most beautiful is when you’re happy with yourself, and you’re confident, and you’ve done something good,” she said.
So remember the pop star’s important words of wisdom next time you find yourself in front of a mirror, fussing over a new-found line or dark spot. Aging is inevitable, but isn’t something to be shunned or feared, in fact, the more content we are in our skin the more confident we’ll be, and really, that’s what true beauty — right down to our butts — is all about.