Photographer Shoots ‘Madonna 2 A.M.’

Mert Alas feature hits newsstands Sept. 19.

Cool, organic idea. For a special Collector’s Edition of U.K.’s Love magazine, famed photographer Mert Alas has shot a 10-page spread of Madonna at the 58-year-old icon’s home in Hampstead. The twist? The photos were taken at 2 a.m. without the usual make-up, hair or styline.

The cover image was teased earlier this week by both Love and Madonna herself, via Instagram. From the magazine’s tease:

“In early 2016, the media was obsessing over the discord in Madonna’s relationship with her son Rocco,” says editor in chief Katie Grand. “I was struck by how mean the press were about a woman simply going to work and wanting her son to be a part of it. I spoke to Mert about the possibility of doing a shoot with her, as he, Madonna and Rocco are all friends.”

“I wasn’t sure it would ever happen, to be honest, but Mert said, ‘Let me ask M and Rocco.’ Much to my surprise, the morning after Madonna’s reconciliation with Rocco, nine stunning images of Madonna arrived via WhatsApp. They had been taken at 2am at Mert’s house in Hampstead where he and Madonna often hang out and have casual dinners.”

In the accompanying interview, Madonna has some interesting perspective on fame and how social media, for better and mainly for worse, has changed the rules of celebrity-dom.

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