The singer, actress, dancer, entrepreneur and yoga enthusiast, Madonna Ciccone excelled in promoting her own image in constant transformation, slipping into roles always new and always own, in often provoking ways, exploring religious symbolism and sexual themes in her work. Because Madonna is such a beauty chameleon, she’s started countless trends, and shows no sign of stopping. From her grungy, Material Girl days to her glamorous red carpet style, no one has changed their image as many times as Madonna.
She is ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America as the best-selling female rock artist of the twentieth century and the second top-selling female artist in the United States with 64 million certified albums. Guinness World Records list her as the worlds most successful female recording artist of all time and the top-earning female singer in the world, with over 300 million records sold worldwide.
In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Madonna at number two, behind only The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of the chart. She was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the same year.
Considered to be one of the “25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century” by Time for being an influential figure in contemporary music, Madonna is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. Until we see what she comes up with next, enjoy this collection of the most iconic looks throughout her career.