Madonna pens Harper's Bazaar essay, recalls past rape
In a new essay published in Harper's Bazaar magazine, Madonna recalls the rape she suffered many years ago, when she lived in New York City.
The 55-year-old pop superstar, who is originally from Michigan, had moved to the city in the 1970s to pursue a dance and music career. She graces the cover of Harper's Bazaar's November 2013 issue. Excerpts from her essay were posted on the outlet's website on Oct. 4.
"New York wasn't everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times," she wrote in Harper's Bazaar in a story published on Friday, Octs November 2013 issue, which features her on the cover. (Warning: She uses explicit language in her story)
"I don't know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time," she added.
The 2007 Madonna biography "Madonna: Like an Icon," written by British author Lucy O'Brien, stated that a man grabbed the singer in a "run-down part" of New York City, led her at knifepoint to the roof of a building and forced her to perform oral sex on him.
Madonna, who appeared in rape scenes in her 1992 book "Sex" and in the 1993 film "Dangerous Game," has talked about her sexual assault before.
"I have been raped and it's not an experience I would ever glamorize," she told New Musical Express (NME) magazine in an article published in its December 1995 issue, according to the Associated Press. "I don't want to make it an issue. I think that I've had what a lot of people would consider to be horrific experiences in my life. But I don't want people to feel sorry for me because I don't."
She told NME that the rapist was a stranger, adding: "The thing about what happened to me is that ... although it was devastating at the time, I know that it made me a much stronger person in retrospect. It forced me to be a survivor.''
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Madonna also posed for a sexy photoshoot for the magazine. It was shot by famed photographer Terry Richardson, who recently worked with Miley Cyrus.
In her Harper's Bazaar essay, Madonna talks about being " being "daring" She recalls working as a nude model for art students before she became famous, how she used to wear many crucifix necklaces and told people she thought "Jesus was sexy" in order to "be provocative," her struggle to adopt fourth child Mercy James in Malawi as a divorced mother and also discusses one of her newest endeavors.
"I am building schools for girls in Islamic countries and studying the Qur'an," she said. "I think it is important to study all the holy books. As my friend Yaman always tells me, a good Muslim is a good Jew, and a good Jew is a good Christian, and so forth. I couldn't agree more. To some people this is a very daring thought."
The Harper's Bazaar article features a photo of Madonna wearing a chainmail mask that resembles a traditional Muslim women's burka. The singer had posted a similar picture on her Instagram page on July 2, saying: "The Revolution of Love is on...Inshallah." (See photo, above)
Madonna also posted a photo of Muslim schoolchildren on her Instagram page on Oct. 4. Check it out below.