There she is: Miss Madonna, gracing Harper’s Bazaar November cover. Inside, the superwoman pens an essay for the mag’s Daring Issue, touching on topics she knows so much about: pushing boundaries, overcoming challenges and fighting for what she believes in.
One shocker: Madge reveals a harrowing encounter in NYC, where she arrived on a dance scholarship in the late 1970s. “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.”
The 55-year-old also reflects on other aspects of her life:
On her teen years: “Most people thought I was strange. I didn’t have many friends; I might not have had any friends. But it all turned out good in the end, because when you aren’t popular and you don’t have a social life, it gives you more time to focus on your future....To revel and shimmy and shake in a world and be surrounded by daring people.”
On adopting son David: “I decided that I had an embarrassment of riches and that there were too many children in the world without parents or families to love them. I applied to an international adoption agency and went through all the bureaucracy, testing, and waiting that everyone else goes through when they adopt. As fate would have it, in the middle of this process a woman reached out to me from a small country in Africa called Malawi, and told me about the millions of children orphaned by AIDS. Before you could say "Zikomo Kwambiri," I was in the airport in Lilongwe heading to an orphanage in Mchinji, where I met my son David. And that was the beginning of another daring chapter of my life.”