Taste of Danger

Photos by Nick Tomecek

Madonna’s name is looked upon with such reverence; it has done what many iconic words do, encompassed a lifestyle.

Within Madonna is a sartorial movement of gaudiness, a decade of coming-of-age pop culture, a lasting member of pop-music royalty and a tantalizing series of controversial music videos.

The Queen of Pop music released this pair of tracks during the height of her breakout.

The record features “Borderline” and “Lucky Star,” two singles from her 1983 debut studio album, “Madonna.”

The latter record launched 1,000 pop songs.

These synthetic-driven tracks highlight Madonna’s nasally, youthful vocals, but I hardly even notice. I’ve become fixated on the “specially priced” label imprinted on the cover, and I’m suddenly thankful for stickers.

I’m young enough I discovered Madonna when she released “Confessions on a Dance Floor” in 2005, which I liked by the way. It was a modern disco frenzy that perfectly answered her 1980s career, though I didn’t know it at the time.

Madonna is timely in that way.

Although Madonna was in her twenties then, “Borderline” is the song that appeals to teenage angst. Madonna’s love is pushing her boundaries and she wants to be set free.

What teenager doesn’t want to be set free?

“Lucky Star,” on the other hand, is a different kind of pop song. I can’t pinpoint the moment in which I first heard it, but it seems like it’s always been kept in the same memory file of my mind as every 1980s movie I’ve seen as well as with boom boxes and neon-colored scrunchies.

After listening to this album, I indulged in the tracks’ accompanying music videos. Again, and again.

In the introduction of the “Lucky Star” video, Madonna first peels down her sunglasses and glares at you, then she’s crouched on the ground rolling her chest sideways and upward like a caterpillar encasing itself in a cocoon.

Then, like the pop star she is, Madonna’s up on her feet jumping around as if she’s leading an aerobics video, in good way, though.

From the bangle bracelets stacked on each wrist to the chains around her waist and the midriff-baring fishnet top, Madonna rocks excess. It’s amusing to see the fishnet detail, embroidered denim jacket and giant earrings work their way back into today’s fashion trends.

In my photos, I wear over-sized silver earrings like Madonna does on the album cover, a leopard blouse and complete the look with black. There is something about wearing animal print that makes me feel like Madonna.

In whatever she’s wearing, Madonna has that touch of danger everyone wants a piece of.

The outfit:

Earrings - Earthbound Trading Co.

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Top - Forever 21

Skirt - Forever 21

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Shoes - Target

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