Madonna Has Been Age-Shamed Again. Can We Cut the Singer a Break?


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Another day, another bout of body-shaming by a tabloid.

This time, Madonna has been targeted by the Daily Mail for her “ageing,” “wrinkled” hands that shockingly indicate her real age.

Looking her usual rock ’n’ roll self in a biker jacket by Moschino and spotted Marc Jacobs shirt, the 58-year-old singer attended the UFC fight in New York this past weekend. 


Daring to lift her hands to the camera, Madonna showed that she is aging naturally — and gracefully — with a few lines and wrinkles seen.

There’s a bigger issue here, though. Google “Madonna age” and, at the time of publication, you get more than 800,000 news results. Many of them shame her sometimes eclectic outfits, making reference to the fact that “she is not dressing for her age.”

Madonna, of course, is not one to take criticism without fighting back. In September, she took to Instagram to post some provocative throwbacks, captioning each one with “acting my age.

She was also criticized for her bum-baring look at this year’s Met Ball. Addressing those who age-shamed her, the music icon again turned to Instagram, writing a lengthy post stating: “The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society.”

Madonna isn’t the only one facing criticism. Renée Zellweger and Kim Cattrall have both called out Hollywood and the media for their ageism.

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Isn’t it time we celebrated women’s achievements instead of filling headlines with age-related comments? Women in creative industries work tirelessly for equality and should be allowed to dress and act however they want, regardless of their age.