Queen of Pop Madonna is under fire for recreating Marilyn Monroe’s tragic death scene (1962) for a new photo shoot with V Magazine.

Madonna‘s style, music and overall aesthetic are all testament to the fact that she has had a fascination with Monroe forever. The music video for “Material Girl” was inspired by Monroe’s rendition of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” She also played Monroe during an “SNL” sketch in 1985, and dressed up as the fallen star in a sparkling strapless gown and white fluffy stole for an Oscars afterparty in 1991.

This time, however, Madonna has taken it too far by “glamourizing” the legendary actress’s drug overdose and subsequent demise.

In her new V Magazine cover shoot, the 63-year-old is seen eerily duplicating the iconic blonde bombshell in heavily retouched photos shot by photographer Steven Klein. Madonna has also posed a rendition of Marilyn Monroe lying lifeless in the bed of her Bel Air home way back in 1962. We can’t post the photo here on Thirsty, because it contains partial nudity.


The magazine piece begins with a long note by the photographer which feels almost like a mix “disclaimer” and “apology”. Klien tries his best to “justify” the photoshoot;

A NOTE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER: “This photo essay was inspired by a shoot that Marilyn Monroe did with photographer Bert Stern titled “The Last Sitting.” They shot at the Bel Air hotel in 1962, before she passed away. What was supposed to be a three-hour sitting, turned into a three-day whirlwind, working night and day. Drinking, laughing, shooting photos, editing, sleeping, and then taking more photos–a private affair between two artists which rarely happens anymore. We were not interested in recreating the images exactly but more importantly, we wanted to explore the relationship between photographer and subject. Both the friendship and the artistic process, and how art can imitate life and vice versa. When I sent Madonna the photos she was really taken by the incandescent fragility of Marilyn at that moment in her life. We decided to find a hotel suite and try to capture the liaison between a star and the camera, the mystery, and magic of this creative collaboration. We hope we have done justice to the great work of Bert Stern and Marilyn Monroe.” Steven Klein

People have taken to Twitter to criticize the Pop Star’s actions calling it “Gross” and “Inappropriate” and “Attention Seeking Behavior.” You can check out the photo that is causing such a stir here.

Shifa Jahan

Shifa Jahan is a freelance writer with a passion for pop culture and entertainment news. With a background in copywriting and academic writing, she brings a unique perspective to her work. Currently pursuing her Masters in Comparative Literature, Shifa also has a love for theatre, teaching, and exploring different cultures and languages.

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