Madonna Rides Again
Just seven months after a riding accident that left her with multiple fractures, leather-clad superstar Madonna shows us what she can do with six stallions and a whip. (Revisit "Madonna Unbound," Steven Klein's 2003 collaboration with the star.) CLICK HERE to return to the W Classics archive.
As any equestrian worth her jodhpurs can tell you, the relationship between a woman and her horse transcends the boundaries of sport. There’s often lovesick devotion involved (witness the bedroom walls of many twelve-year-old girls, where photos of Arabians crowd out the boy-band posters) and at times even a touch of the erotic (Lady Godiva, anyone?). When the woman in question is Madonna, one can expect the dynamic to get even more complicated. All of this was made clear when the 47-year-old, an avid horsewoman, took to a Hollywood sound stage with six stallions and photographer Steven Klein. It had been seven months since the riding accident that left her with multiple fractures, but the resulting 58-page portfolio—which represents the pop icon’s second collaboration with Klein for W—demonstrates that her passion for the species remains unchecked. Unafraid, leather-clad and in the best shape of her life, the material girl, whose Confessions tour kicks off in Los Angeles on May 21, was ready to take the reins.
Stylist, Arianne Philips; hair, Andy Lecompte for Solo Artists/Redken; makeup, Gina Brooke using Shu Uemura for Caliente Beauty; set design, Mary Howard. Horses, Marnie Hoffman and JT Rockwell; feed and tack, DaMoor’s Feed and Tack; Tuscany stalls, Ramm Fence. Producers, Larry McCrudden and Jessica Brown for jbp; stylist assistant, Annie Psaltiras.