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Madonna Enters the Mae West Late Career Phase | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Madonna Enters the Mae West Late Career Phase

This is what greets you when you enter the Second Circle of Hell

Manolo says, when one attempts to trade upon one’s reputation for sex appeal well after the sell by date.

By which the Manolo means, increasingly comic and grotesque displays of inappropriateness.

To be clear, it is not the aging itself that is to be deplored, as aging is the natural consequence of life, but rather the unseemly chasing after of lost youth that causes us to avert our eyes from the spectacle.

Mae West, the Madonna of her day, well past her day.Madonna, circa 2012

One need not give up love, or sexuality, simply because one ages, rather one must recognize that such things are to be expressed in the different manner; we should aim for the mature attractions of middle age and late life: dignity, honor, wit, intellect, and companions suitable to our condition.

11 Responses to “Madonna Enters the Mae West Late Career Phase”

  1. The formerly shoe-obsessed Wayne June 28, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    GAHHHHH–the Myra Breckenridge!!! Other than “Manos: Hands of Fate”, perhaps the worst movie ever made!

  2. long island June 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Was Madonna always that big chested? Is that a bra doing all that lift and cleavage enhancement or did she have boob job?

    • Downunder Sugarglider June 29, 2012 at 8:17 am #

      at the risk of being distasteful (is that possible given our topic?), as I got older the lady undertaking my bra fitting explained the loss of density and subsequent “spreading” that occurs. So yes – they naturally expand and yes her bra has shoved them up there

  3. Miss Buggsy June 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    At least Mae West knew she her shtick was comic… and played on it. She was a dame with class! Madonna? Manolo, “grotesque” is so right!

  4. Dawn June 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    “Myra Breckenridge”? No. Considering her starring roles, Madonna has gone all the way to this:


  5. Rachel of Cyberia June 29, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    Whoa… I remember an article in GQ about when Madonna would become Mae West. It was a mid-90s issue, with Ralph Fiennes on the cover (he was why I kept it for many years…swoon).

  6. Downunder Sugarglider June 29, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    That’s the thing I love about double entendre – it only has 1 meaning.
    And Dawn – that is a FABULOUS link! thanks.

  7. Wendy June 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    I don’t understand the fuss. The article makes it abundantly clear that Madonna was dressed this way for a music video shoot. This clothing is a costume, not something she wears down to the shops, or to pick up her kids from school, or to have lunch with her girlfriends.

    Horror of horrors, she appeared to be completely comfortable with her appearance and wardrobe, even while surrounded by younger, possibly more attractive people. And this is bad… why? She’s got a smokin’ hot body, and she’s always been comfortable with her sexuality and using her sexuality to express her creativity. Why must we object to women embracing their sexuality and their power?

    There are better reasons to vilify someone because she’s comfortable in her own skin, and showing her skin for fun and profit. If you must despise Madonna, despise her for being a humorless bitch who takes herself far too seriously.

    • arminius June 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

      Thank you for leaving me an option. I choose to take it.

  8. Wendy June 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm #


    >>There are better reasons to vilify someone *THAN* because she’s comfortable in her own skin…