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Madonna at 60

As Madonna approaches her 60th birthday, Matt Cain, author of the new novel The Madonna of Bolton, offers up 60 of her finest — and gayest — moments

1 Madonna first came to our attention with Holiday, released in the US in September 1983. Aged 25, she revealed her punky style — wearing lace gloves, crucifixes, rags in her hair, and underwear as outer wear.

2 A few months later, she unleashed Lucky Star, dancing in the video alongside her gay brother Christopher Ciccone. Years later, the two would become estranged when Christopher wrote the autobiography, Life with my Sister Madonna.

3 In her earliest interviews, Madonna spoke proudly about her friendships with gay men, such as dance teacher Christopher Flynn and artist Martin Burgoyne, at a time when positive representations of gay men in the media were almost non-existent. Following Burgoyne’s death in 1986 and Flynn’s four years later — both victims of the Aids pandemic — Madonna wrote In This Life, singing, “In this life, I loved you most of all.”

4 In 1984, Madonna performed Like a Virgin at the first MTV Music Awards, appearing on top of a giant wedding cake, then writhed around the stage in a low-cut wedding dress, suspenders and BOY TOY belt buckle.

5 Material Girl was released in 1985, with a video in which Madonna recreated Marilyn Monroe’s performance of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.

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On the cover: Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper and model Zander Hodgson Plus: meet the winners of the Attitude Pride Awards 2018, celebrate Madonna's 60th birthday with her most iconic moments, and Team GB's first karate world champion Jordan Thomas