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Madonna Appears Topless in Racy Interview Photos

Music icon Madonna, who owns property in Bridgehampton, appears topless in a photo shoot for the December/January issue of Interview magazine, founded by late Montauk Pop artist Andy Warhol. In the photos, shot by Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas, and styled by Arianne Phillips, Madonna strikes a number of provocative poses—but that shouldn’t surprise her fans, who are used to the pop star’s sexually expressive work.

The racy photos feature Madonna in scintillating, often strappy and always sexy outfits by various designers, including Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Agent Provocateur, Prada, Fantasie and more. Props and settings also add to the photographs’ edgy drama. Among the images, Madonna poses with a large black rat snake beneath a wooden cross, in a metal face mask with a daisy on it, smoking in a spartan motel room with only a bed and television, and swooning topless over a French copy of Jean Cocteau’s notebook, Cahiers Volume 5.

The candid interview should be of interest to fans of the star, who has found success in music, writing, acting and filmmaking. Following Interview magazine’s format, set by Warhol upon its founding, Madonna’s friend and fellow New Yorker and celebrity David Blaine conducts the interview. In it, the superstar and 56-year-old mother of four discusses her storied career, high-profile relationships and even her history of drug use.

Blaine, an infamous street magician, author and performance artist, begins the interview by asking Madonna to close her eyes and imagine being isolated and alone, and then explain how that would feel. He continues with questions written on playing cards, including some from notable artists, such as photographer JR and director Darren Aronofsky. Blaine also asks Madonna about her mother, who died when she was 6 years old.

This is Madonna’s ninth appearance on the magazine’s cover. She graced her first cover in December 1985 and followed with covers in 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2008 and 2010.

The interview is available in its entirety at interviewmagazine.com and in Interview magazine’s December/January Art Issue, on stands now.

Madonna recently laid foundation for a mansion on Mitchells Lane in Bridgehampton, adjacent to the 24-acre horse farm she purchased in 2010.

Her 13th studio album is due for release in 2015.

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