Madonna Pushes Back on 'Misogynist' Comments about her New Look

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday February 8, 2023

Madonna's new look
Madonna's new look  (Source:Screenshot/Madonna/Instagram)

Madonna's new look at the Grammys sparked comment and speculation about what sort of poor plastic surgery she might have had done. As previously reported, even plastic surgeons lent their professional opinions as to what procedures she might have gone in for, remarking on the smoothness of her face and changes to her hairline and the shape of her nose.

Outlets called Madonna's face "unrecognizable" and "surprising" and said that fans were "confused" by her new look, with The New York Times offering a relatively rare affirmation when novelist Jennifer Weiner called the new look "a brilliant provocation..."

Social media trolls also took aim.

But the Queen of Pop didn't take it lying down.

Posting to Instagram on Feb. 7, Madge first gave a shout out to Kim Petras, who, with Sam Smith, won a Grammy for best pop duo/group performance - the seventh Grammy for Smith, who is non-binary, and Petras' first Grammy - as well as the first time an openly transgender recording artist took the award in that category.

"I wanted to give the last award which was Album of the year, but I thought it was more important that I present the first trans- woman performing at the Grammys- a History making moment!!" Madonna posted, along with a video showing clips of herself with Smith and Petras, among others. "And on top of that she won a Grammy!!"

Then Madge got down to business.

"Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny That permeates the world we live in," Madonna went on to say. "A world that refuses to celebrate women past the age of 45 And feels the need to punish her If she continues to be strong willed, hard-working and adventurous."

Going on to declare that she has "never apologized for any of the creative choices I have made nor the way that I look or dress," Madge gave notice that "I'm not going to start," and declared, "I am happy to do the trailblazing so that all the women behind me can have an easier time in the years to come."

Added the global superstar: "I look forward to many more years of subversive behavior -pushing boundaries-Standing up to the patriarchy -and Most of all enjoying my life."

"Bow down bitches! 💃🏼🪩🎤💄🎼👠"

The Queen of Pop has spoken!

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.