Culture

Madonna Releases Disturbing Photo Shoot With Vanity Fair Featuring Dead Babies And References To The Occult

By Gina Florio
·  5 min read
madonna
Getty

Just days after Madonna is accused of child trafficking in Africa, she releases a photo shoot with Vanity Fair featuring dead baby dolls, religious references, and hints at the occult.

Known as one of the most iconic pop stars in the world, Madonna, 64, has built a loyal fanbase over the years. But many of them have expressed concern lately with the way that Madonna has severely altered her appearance and posted disturbing content on her social media accounts. Her face has become unrecognizable and she often shares inappropriate, nearly nude photos and videos of herself. In the meantime, Madonna has been accused of child trafficking by charitable organization known as the Ethiopian World Federation (EWF). The EWF has asked Malawian President Lazarus Chakwara to "restrict her and her associates accessibility to Africa and to African children as a precautionary measure until a thorough investigation is done into child trafficking, sex exploitation, sexual slavery, adoption reversal, threat of coercion, fraud, deception and abuse of power or vulnerability."

Madonna has adopted four children from Malawi and founded a charity called Raising Malawi, which helps orphans and children in need through health and education programs. The EWF claims that Madonna created this organization in order to "host social experiments on vulnerable African children in Malawi," also citing photos of her adopted son David wearing women's clothing and makeup. They also allege that David's father wasn't actually absent when Madonna applied for his adoption.

In the midst of this scandal, Vanity Fair Italia still decided to release an issue with Madonna on the cover, featured in a disturbing photo shoot that included dead baby dolls, blasphemous religious references, and occult-like images.

Madonna Releases Disturbing Photo Shoot with Vanity Fair Featuring Dead Babies and References to the Occult

Vanity Fair Italia's latest issue is called The Icon Issue and Madonna was photographed by well-known celebrity photographer duo Luigi and Iango. "On the occasion of her return to the stages and to commemorate 40 years since the beginning of her career, Vanity Fair has involved the singer, actress, director, writer and activist in an art project signed by photographers Luigi & Iango to reflect on the values that Madonna embraced, with pioneering spirit, in the her journey from yesterday to today," Vanity Fair Italia wrote in an Instagram caption. "In an exclusive interview (link in bio) with Vanity Fair director Simone Marchetti, the artist talks about feminism, inclusion, the artists she loves and follows, plans for the future, children, free expression, and her eternal struggle with patriarchal culture."

In the interview, Madonna is asked what she is afraid of. She answered, "The idea of living in a society where you can’t be free to express your individuality or your thoughts frightens me. It seems to me that people are increasingly afraid of expressing their opinions, of being authentic. It's like living in one of those futuristic dystopian movies. The problem is that these scenarios have started to come true and that’s scary."

Madonna also spoke about motherhood being "the toughest battle" in her lifetime. "Perhaps motherhood is the clown performance that’s been hardest to maintain," she said. "Even today, I struggle to understand how to be a mother as well as do my job. Because no matter where you are, whoever you are, having children and raising kids is a work of art. And nobody gives you a manual—you have to learn from your mistakes."

While the interview seems normal enough, the pictures that were published in this issue of Vanity Fair Italia are anything but normal. The cover picture is a shot of Madonna posing as the Virgin Mary, with similar garb and a heart sculpture at her chest with several swords piercing through it. It only gets weirder from here.

There are few photos of Madonna seated in the middle of a long table with several half-naked people surrounding her. It's meant to reference the Last Supper; people are eating bread, drinking wine, and Madonna is standing in the middle, being worshipped by the models around her. It's a blasphemous take on Jesus Christ's last meal with his disciples. Some people in the comment section expressed their disgust with the blatant mockery of Christ and Christianity in general.

But it doesn't stop there. In another set of pictures, Madonna is wearing a low-cut white dress that is adorned with dead baby dolls and severed body parts from the baby dolls. She is standing in the middle of two models whose faces are entirely covered; one is wearing all red and the other is wearing all white. Perhaps it's a reference to heaven and hell. In another photo, Madonna is wearing a skull mask to cover the bottom half of her face, referencing the occult; in yet another, she's standing next to models who are masks on their face made out of jewels and sequins, and they have long, exaggerated fingernails. The whole thing feels eerie and slightly Satanic. There's even a photo of her wearing horns on her head standing next to a man in his underwear who appears to be posing as some kind of creature.

In all of these photos, Madonna is making references to herself being the Virgin Mary, the perfect madonna that is meant to be worshipped.

Some fans are praising this photo shoot, claiming it's daring and thought-provoking. But many are disturbed by it, particularly the photos that feature dead babies. Why are we seeing so many fashion campaigns and pieces of art in Hollywood lately that feature dead children, naked children, or children in distressing situations?

Some content creators point out how depraved it is that Madonna is mocking Jesus Christ, the Bible, and Christianity.

Neither Madonna nor Vanity Fair has responded to any of the backlash, proving that Hollywood celebrities can get away with just about anything they want these days, which is why they have become so brazen.