1990s Madonna is a Copy Paste
8.21. Marilyn Monroe
Incredibly, this is just a start. More rip offs of Marilyn here (be prepared there are hundreds).
People under 20 years old think it was simply the "Material Girl video or bleached hair back in the 80s" but it has gone on and on and on to this very day, including Madonna stealing many lesser known looks and poses. Madonna has NOTHING close to the figure, face, talent and voice of Marilyn. She never has and never will. Her rip offs are not "tributes" or "homages" but blatant, abject THIEVERY.
Thanks to Flea Dip Anti-Madonna and Madonna Revelations Blogspot for the pics.
82. Marlene Dietrich
The Marlene Dietrich rip offs by Madonna also number in the dozens. Marlene HATED Madonna. This did not thwart Madonna from ripping her off in well over TWO DOZEN photo shoots, outfits and poses. When Madonna pathetically claimed she wanted to star in her own remake of "Blue Angel" the great Dietrich was clear that it could never be her and that she wanted Tina Turner to not only be Blue Angel but play her in any bio pic. Madonna stole also her blond Afro wig for the Girlie Show and so, so many other looks.
"I ACTED with vulgarity, Madonna IS vulgar." -Marlene Dietrich
8.33. Horst P. Horst
7.64. Jean Harlow
7.25. Andy Warhol
7.86. Brigitte Bardot
77. Gwen Wong
This is a classic example of Meisel and Mange stealing obscure references and giving zero credit. This is one of the most vile and heavily retouched pictures of Madonna there is- more a fabrication than a photograph.
Gwen Wong , Playmate of the Month 1967 is 1967 million times hotter!
7.48. Sue Lyon
Guess we all know which issue of Vanity Fair Gary Glitter owns. Madonna stole Sue Lyons ENTIRE Kubrick's Lolita look when at the age of 35, Madonna in all her sheer grotesqueness posed as an under age girl looking overtly sexual. Madonna's face was already lined and starting to look fallen and haggard so the pics were heavily softened and retouched. In the digital era madonna NEVER would have been able to get away the sexualization of children's imagery-that or she'd be competing with Katy Perry.
Vanity Fair, Madonna and Steven Miesel: bringing you middle aged women dressed as five year olds since 1992.
FOUL AND DISGUSTING.
7.59. Jayne Mansfield
Worst Steven Meisel cleavage madonna photoshop fake EVER above. Photos of the very small chested Madonna pathetically trying to be the buxotic hourglass Mansfield would have been more professional if they'd painted in an entire black magic marker against Madonna's bony chest.
(Hint-Retouching a big thick black shadow on a body builder's chest and "smudging the shadows" is not "cleavage" and Jayne Mansfield was not cut with bicep bulge and lats!)
7.510. Bettie Page
Madonna stole most of what she and Miesel used in the "SEX" book from her pre-internet when Page was mostly still an underground cult icon of pin-up aficionados.REMEMBER IN THE 1990s THERE WAS NO MASS RETRO PINUP MOVEMENT AND NO INTERNET. Bettie Page was also mostly unknown in the mainstream. It is only with the advent of the net that her work (one underground) has turned her into a TRUE ICON of originality and beauty, imitated by ALMOST EVERYONE in the very unoriginal retro Pin up/Suicide Girls scene.
ALSO ripped off and stole the cone bra from Bettie Page. Notice how despite Madonna's thin sinew and Meisel's awful photoshop, her waist is much bigger and she has no muscle tone and size in her butt and thighs compared to Page? 100% OPPOSITE FIGURES.
6.511. Lisa Marie Smith
THE BASIC DESIGN OF THIS SUN BLUSH SWIMSUIT WAS TOTALLY COPIED BY JEAN PAUL! In 1989, Lisa Marie travelled in the same NYC circle as Madonna and appeared in widely circulated Details magazine swimsuit spread in a conical bra corset style one piece by Sun Blush. THIS IS CLEARLY THE DESIGN THAT MADONNA RIPPED OFF. Lisa was the hottest, bustiest and the nearest to the 50s bombshells of anyone on the scene in the late 80s, (a million times more busty and hourglassy than Madonna could ever dream of being) so it is clear from where Madonna and Gautier hijacked Lisa's Ballistic Missile bra look for her Blond Ambition tour a year later. I can just see her ripping out the magazine page and giving it to Gaultier! Big give away is where the straps are, the clasps and the fact that Lisa Marie Smith was the most beautiful and buxom model of her era.
7.512. Arthur Golden
7.213. Uma Thurman
(Above, on the right-more magic marker "cleavage" by Meisel)
Whatever film was getting buzz in Hollywood Madonna just HAD to become a copy cat parasite of! And BOTH of the hottest films of 1990 (Henry and June and Dangerous Liaisons) just happened to star Uma Thurman!
It must have killed Madonna with jealousy when Uma Thurman burst on the scene in the late 80's. She was 18, intelligent, busty, blond, beautiful, six feet tall and most of all one of the cinema's greatest actresses. She was also hot enough to melt down the ratings system into the wonderful NC17 which created a halfway between X rated porn and and R Rated film. The first NC17 film was called "Henry and June" and it was a 1930s erotic tale of Paris loosely based on the book of the same name by the French author Anaïs Nin. With bisexuality, tasteful explicit sex and stunningly beautiful imagery the film was hugely controversial. Madonna stole BLATANTLY from Henry And June to create the pathetic "Justify My Love" video AND her 1991 shoot for Rolling Stone. The setting of the RST shoot is virtually a copy paste of Henry and June down to the satin slips, 30s eyebrows, circular restaurant booths, contortionism, Uma as June's heavy stare and bisexuality.
Madonna ALSO ripped off the "Dangerous Liaisons" film costume for her tired lip synch performance of the song "Vogue" at the 1990 MTV VMAs!!
6.614. Maria de Medeiros
(A copy paste of Henry and June right down to the contortionist! Above right, yuck. Steven Miesel's magic marker "cleavage" actually starts at the neck muscle here! I could not locate a screen cap of the scene in H&J when Anais and June make out in the bar/brothel but the booth and mirror are identical to what Madonna and SM stole.
As stated Madonna STOLE the Henry and June imagery for Justify My Love and for her 1991 shoot for Rolling Stone. In Henry and June, Maria de Medeiros played Anaïs Nin who becomes involved in said tormented relationship, having an affair with Henry Miller and also pursuing June. Must have destroyed Madonna that she was not cast in this film.
Soon after this, Madonna desperately wanted to eclipse Sharon Stone who had shocked and turned on the world as Catherine Tramell in "Basic Instinct". And after seeing Jennifer Jason Leigh in the brilliant Uli Edel's "Last Exit to Brooklyn" she made the widely panned borderline hardcore film "Body of Evidence" with him.
4.715. Courtney Love
Madonna made a sad attempt at plagiarising Courtney Love's kinder-whore above. Madonna tried to actually go grunge (a Vanity Fair article in the early 90s described her hunting for bands to sign for Maverick while wearing "ripped tights, combat boots and a plaid flannel shirt")but then wisely waited until 2000ish when no one cared. Madonna has ZERO rock or punk in her so it extremely pathetic to witness.
"Madonna's interest in me was kind of like Dracula's interest in his latest victim... I don't want her to know anything about me because she'll steal what she can. What I have is mine and she can't fucking have it. She's not going to be able to write lyrics like me, and even if she does get up onstage with a guitar, it's not going to last. I don't care how vain and arrogant that sounds, but just watch: in her next video, madonna's going to have roots. She's going to have smeared eyeliner. And that's me."
- COURTNEY LOVE who can both act and play the guitar VERY well. Madonna can't act and her guitar is 90% prop.
7.316. Princess Diana
Madonna had always HATED the UK. Then in the mid 90s, her big disco trash scene in Miami got REALLY, sleazy and questionable (even for her) so she suddenly decided to run over to London, dump her Right Wing Cuban coke head friends and pretend she was British- dressing like HRH Diana and eventually exploiting her tragic death with a tacky video and hypocritical speech about the "insatiable need for hype and gossip". What followed was the literal emasculation of Guy Ritchie, who's film career went into the toilet, the disc American Life which flopped and a terrible English accent. Madonna slagged council housing numerous times as well as the NHS, happily insulting the millions of fans who pay for her plastic surgery lifestyle and who happen to need both public housing and socialized medicine.
7.817. Rachel Williams
Madonna's ENTIRE "Sooner or Later" number at the 1991 Oscars was a complete rip off of Marilyn Monroe's number "Specialization" from "Let's Make Love".
Rachel Williams was a model who was everywhere in the early 90's and she modelled the silver gown in a very popular Fall 1991 issue of US Elle. Madonna desperately tried to copy her Bob Mackie gown look, but as usual, Madonna just couldn't measure up to the precedent of the original. Although the dress has built in push up padding, Madonna did not have bust you need to do it justice and her inverted hip lines and a square torso, gave the impression of a like a man in a yellow wig. She cannot pull off old Hollywood despite what the media has always claimed.
8.118. Carole Lombard
819. Veronica Lake
8.720. Audrey Hepburn
7.621. Shirley MacLaine
7.922. Louise Brooks
7.823. Liza Minelli
6.624. Annie Lennox
7.825. Malcolm McDowell
Stole his Clockwork Orange charter, Alex D Large, to bastardize and use in the Blond Ambition tour. She spoke in the all time worst Cockney accent-which, duh! They did not speak cockney in the film they spoke Nadsat!
"This is a decade of mediocrity and Madonna seems to be out front leading the way." -Malcolm Mcdowell
6.926. Dita Parlo
In more recent times, she has been ripped by Madonna, who said she had been "fascinated" by Parlo, and took her name for the character she created ("created"?)for her Sex book and Erotica album. Its title track commences with the line "My name is Dita, I'll be your mistress tonight... "
LEAVE THESE CLASSICS ALONE RIP OFF!
7.327. Wendy O Williams
The late, great and much missed Wendy O Williams, Queen of ShockRock and lead singer of the punk/metal rock group the Plasmatics. The first female singer to ever simulate masturbation on stage, a dubious honour perhaps but Wendy came from true fetish, punk and sex performance/industrial art culture and it was her LIFE NOT a costume or a disposable fad to make money and "push people's buttons".
Wendy paved the way for all female performers who are sexually explicit.
Wendy was brutally beaten by police officers and harassed during numerous performance yet there were no cultural critics, feminist elites and media to surround her with the kind of protection that Madonna received. Wendy O was a true hardcore rocker with one of thee most perfect bodies in showbiz history and Madonna stole her open cupped, bare breasted, nudity in public shock value, leather holster 100%. Wendy O did ALL the simulated sex onstage shock FIRST and it was powerful as hell. (Too bad Madonna did not steal some of Wendy O's humanity and animal activism as well.)
Out of all the people on this page, this rip off and utter lack of acknowledgement is perhaps the most unjust. Therefore, I cannot on principal allow a comparison picture of Madonna and her sad itty bitty leather harnessed norks on the Gaultier runway with that "just ate dog excrement" smirk across her face alongside a pic of the beautiful Wendy O Williams.
"I was shocked when I saw Siouxsie at Screen on The Green. This was still before John and I were close. She was walking around wearing some suspenders and a bra with her whole tits out. I was stunned. How could she have the nerve? I think she contributed a lot to the free woman's movement. Madonna got it all from Siouxsie, who was totally on her own then."
from John Lydon's autobiography
"No, Blacks, No Irish , No Dogs"
6.629. Cyndi Lauper
8.130. Elizabeth Taylor
8.231. Bette Davis
8.233. Grace Kelly
7.234. Nina Hagen
835. Ginger Rogers
8.736. Marlon Brando
8.237. Rita Hayworth
6.738. Gwen Stefani
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