MADONNA remains one of the most controversial artistes of all with the Queen Of Pop refusing to hold back with age from the unbridled sexuality that helped make her a superstar.
With Madonna turning 60 today, here is a look back at some of her more scandalous moments.
A star is born
When MTV threw its first Video Music Awards in 1984, the young network quickly shattered the staid formula of established shows such as the Grammys and Oscars with a sensational performance by Madonna.
The pop star emerged from a five-meter cake to sing Like A Virgin in a wedding gown and a belt buckle that said “boy toy”, rolling about on the floor to reveal her undergarments.
Her reputation was sealed – and she repeatedly turned to music videos to cause a sensation.
Like A Prayer
Debuting the title track off her fourth album Like A Prayer in 1989, Madonna could barely have hoped for a bigger audience, with Pepsi teasing the video in a commercial broadcast around the world, including during The Cosby Show, one of the most popular shows on television.
The video itself, debuting on MTV, stunned viewers with its incorporation of sex with religious iconography. Addressing interracial romance, a topic
then still controversial in parts of the United States, Madonna makes love to the statue of a black saint and dances in front of burning crosses, the symbol of the racist Ku Klux Klan.
The Vatican protested and religious groups threatened to boycott Pepsi, which bowed to pressure and cancelled its advertising campaign with Madonna.
A year later, Madonna became too controversial even for MTV, which banned her video for Justify My Love.
Shot by the French fashion photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino in a stylised black-and-white that evoked 1950s cinema, Justify My Love depicts bondage and other kinky sex in a hotel.
The actors later said that the lines between performance and reality were blurred during filming.
Cashing in on the controversy, Madonna released Justify My Love as the top-selling ever video-single, a format that has vanished in the age of YouTube.
Madonna’s antics were not only on camera. She injected a new sensationalism to her tours, several of which have grossed more than US$100mil.
Her Blond Ambition tour in 1990 took on a revolutionary feel with its celebration of sex.
The Blond Ambition tour also gave birth to one of Madonna’s enduring fashion statements – the pointed cone bra worn on the outside, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.
A book not for the faint-hearted
Even some fans of Madonna thought she had gone too far in 1992 with a coffee-table book simply entitled Sex that featured her posing in made-to-shock positions.
The book became a bestseller but overshadowed the simultaneous release of her comparatively subdued album Erotica.
Madonna has insisted that she has no regrets over the book and Sex has gradually won over some fans, who say she was at the fore-front of the new proliferation of pornography.
Kissing as statement
Madonna has in recent years become a musical elder – one still able to generate headlines. At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna locked lips with two younger stars eager to shed innocent images – Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, whose kiss with the Material Girl was especially passionate.
Madonna made a surprise appearance in 2015 at the Coachella festival, where she again provoked shock by giving a wet kiss to headliner Drake. – AFP
Madonna released her self-titled debut album in 1983. — Filepic
Madonna still actively tours globally. This filepic the singer the opening night of her Sticky & Sweet tour in France. — Reuters
YOUR child needs to develop healthy eating habits so that she can carry them with her as she grows. And most parents have had plenty of experience with toddlers’ dramatic pronouncements about what they will or will not eat.
Let’s face it, ice cream and cake taste better than broccoli, and if you did not know that you needed a more balanced diet, you would probably eat nothing but dessert.
The good news is that most kids end up getting enough of whatever it is they need to run around all day long. But that does not mean we should let our children eat nothing but the white food group.
Children need a variety of food – fruits, vegetables, protein, and yes, an occasional cookie. At the very least, our children need to develop healthy eating habits when they are young so that they will practice healthy eating habits as an adult.
Here are some ways to help children get a more balanced diet,
> Give your children plenty of choices, but no “yes or no” possibilities. Offering beans or peas is better than asking whether or not they want beans.
> If you are feeling adventurous, next time you are at the grocery store, let your children pick a fruit or veggie no one in the family has had before.
> If there is a food your children dislike, such as broccoli, do not push it. Instead, choose a nutritious replacement, such as creamed spinach (but you will probably have to call it something other than spinach).
> There is a lot of sugar in juice so it is better to go with milk or water. When you do serve juice, make sure it is 100% and dilute it by adding water.
> Insist that your children try two bites of everything – even new food. This could be a battle at first, but when they learn it is a firm they will eventually get used to the idea.
> Children tend to prefer crunchy things, Most of the time when they reject a food, it is because of the texture, not the taste.
> If possible, visit a farm so your children can see where produce comes from. That might make it more interesting, especially if they can pick their own.
> It is easy to blend healthy ingredients into a smoothie – plus it is something your children can help with.
> Throw in fruit (fresh or frozen), yoghurt, ice and perhaps a little tofu or protein powder.
> Get your children involved in other food preparation tasks. Baking muffins is great fun. Plus, they can know that even if carrots or cucumbers are part of it, it can be tasty.
> Consume whole wheat instead of the usual noodles or pasta. The taste difference will be covered by cheese and tomato sauces. You can slip all sorts of other nutritious things into tomato sauce and most children will drink plenty of fruit if it is in their oatmeal or cereal.
> Your children are watching and will eat what you eat, so set a good example. And take some comfort in the fact that children get more adventurous with ages
— Tribune News Service
Children need to develop healthy eating habits when they are young so that they will practice healthy eating habits as an adult.