Madonna was at the top of her game in the late 1980s and early '90s. She had already redefined what it meant to be a female pop artist, and she cultivated her own brand of feminism. Madonna's first number one single, "Like A Virgin," was released in 1984. That track defined the young rule-breaker. She refused to shy away from singing about intimate topics.
Madonna reinforced her status as an innovative provocateur in 1992; she released her coffee table book, Sex, and the world erupted. The book featured extremely graphic and scintillating photographs, and Madonna starred in quite a few of the shots. After the controversial book release, the singer dropped the hit album Erotica. Both artistic works boosted Madonna's notoriety with a public that both loved and hated her explicit persona.
Madonna adopted a fictional alter ego while posing for Sex, and despite the controversy, her decision worked. The book was an instant best-seller and remained in-demand for decades.
The Book Was Packaged To Look Like A Condom, And It Sold Out In Days
The Vatican Wanted People To Boycott Her Because She Was "Morally Intolerable"
Someone Called The Police On Her While She Was Taking Nude Photos For The Book
Madonna Let Her Alter Ego Mistress Dita Run The Show
There Was Full Nudity Throughout The Book, But Intercourse Was Not Depicted
She Didn't Make Her Models Do All Work