Photoshopping is pretty much par for the course when it comes to celebrities and professional photoshoots (hell, and even Instagram selfies), so I don’t think anyone would be shocked or surprised to hear that Madonna was Photoshopped for her new Versace campaign, right? Well, here’s some news: she wasn’t, actually. According to Donatella Versace, Madonna is au naturel and there was no retouching needed… unlike SOMEONE ELSE we could mention, cough cough.
“With Lady Gaga [it] was a bit more complicated,” Donatella Versace told Italian paper Corriere Della Sera over the weekend. “She focuses on transformation and charisma and risks for this, always. So the final approval of the photo was a melee. But Madonna, absolutely not. I did believe that there were only the set and the filters and the rest. Then, she did everything in the studio in New York.” (Translated from Italian)
There wasn’t even Photoshop, Versace claims.
“She did not have her abdomen or arms retouched,” she said. As for artistic direction? “I told her: You don’t have to be only sexy. I want you like I know you: a vulnerable person who is afraid, who suffers from loneliness and yet is strong, determined, and fearless. In these photos, she is.”
She does look great – and Madonna IS amazing… she just tries too damn hard. Of course, this campaign is a bit of an exception to that – it’s natural, she looks amazing and confident and not like she’s desperate to be 18 again. That’s the BEST look for her.