Dance student-model Madonna Louise Ciccone: Nude Photoshoot by Herman Kulkens (1977)
18-year old dance student-model Madonna Louise Ciccone: Nude Photoshoot by Herman Kulkens (1977)
The dark haired teenager with the flinty eyes stares up at the camera, clad in nothing but a man’s striped shirt and burgundy tie and chewing seductively on a pair of glasses.
The steely expression that she went on to perfect while en route to becoming one of the world’s biggest stars, amassing an estimated fortune of $500million, is already present.
Aged 18, in late 1977, a University of Michigan dance student named Madonna Louise Ciccone posed nude at $10 an hour for photographer Herman Kulkens – only for the pictures to surface less than 10 years later after she became a household name.
The sensational images are among the haul left behind by Penthouse founder Bob Guccione who died of cancer aged 79 in October 2010, and now owned by Wall Street trader turned entrepreneur and financier Jeremy Frommer who bought Guccione’s entire estate from his creditor last year.
For Madonna, the publication of the nude photos would not have come a shock. She posed naked for three photographers between 1978 and 1980.
For Kulkens, he once recalled how he was impressed by the girl he met in a sculpture class at Art World, a school in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Her face, he said, ‘reminded me of Cleopatra’.
At the time, Kulkens and his photographer wife Susan got a signed release from Madonna that granted them rights to ‘sell or use the photos as they saw fit’ in return for a small amount of money.
However, the Kulkens went on to sue Guccione for $2million in 1985 as well as attempting to block publication – just as Madonna‘s star was on the ascendent and she had released some of her biggest hits, Holiday, Like A Virgin and Into the Groove and was embarking on her Like a Virgin tour – claiming they had never signed a binding agreement and wanting to publish with Playboy.
In the end, pictures from the set were published in both Playboy and Penthouse – with Guccione defending himself by claiming he had a signed agreement from the Kulkens, as Playboy raced to the newstands and breathlessly proclaimed it had published first.
Madonna‘s long-time publicist Liz Rosenberg, who still works with Madonna to this day, said of the furore: ‘Madonna has acknowledged in past interviews that she did pose nude for art classes when she was a model.
‘Her feeling is she’s never done anything she’s ashamed of.’
Madonna naked for Playboy Magazine.. Old but hot?
And we put that qestion mark at the end cause we are not sure hot hot Madonna’s bush is..