Madonna & Lady Gaga — Sex symbols & role models

Gen X father of a little girl speaking on this one.

Madonna was the bad girl who drove all us boys wild back in the day. Sure, there were others, but none made such an indelible mark on society and pop culture like she did.

She started PG13, like a virgin, but things quickly escalated. The enormous, pointy bras. The coffee table book so taboo, we all lined up to justify our love for the Queen of Pop.

VOGUE

I feel like Madonna paved the way for Lady Gaga; like Gaga took the baton and continued pushing the envelope. There are others, but everybody—across every musical interest—knows Lady Gaga.

And what do they know about her? She wears extreme, if not obscene costumes. She’s a total sex symbol. And there’s nobody else like her.

BAD ROMANCE

I used to see these two as sex symbols. Smutty, bad girls. The stuff of just about every adolescent young man’s dreams. Quintessential #spankbank material.

Today I see Madonna and Lady Gaga as something more significant. I see them as strong, powerful women who leveraged their creative talents to succeed astronomically on their own terms.

As the father of a little girl turning FIVE this weekend. I’m glad I can point to these two legendary women and tell her, “You grow up and be whatever you want. Believe in yourself. Work hard. Don’t let anyone’s sense of ‘morality’ dictate how you live your life. You can be successful on your own terms.”