When thinking of Madonna it's doubtful the word "mainstream" comes to mind. Yet, there she was on the cover of the April 2000 issue of Good Housekeeping that hit newsstands in mid-March. (To be honest, not a very flattering cover.) Who knows the reason behind M's decision - it's not as if she were following in Linda Ronstadt's or Rod Stewart's footsteps and doing a CD of standards that needed to be promoted to Middle America (her CD Music came out later in the year). However, for Good Housekeeping it was an attempt at reaching a younger reader, sending the message that "we're not your mother's Good Housekeeping".
At the time Madonna had a 3-year old daughter, Lourdes, and was pregnant with British film director Guy Ritchie's child - a boy they named Rocco, born on August 11 (five days before his mother's birthday). She and Ritchie would marry at the end of the year. (She's since adopted two other children from Africa and divorced Ritchie in 2008.)
Despite this cover, it didn't mean Madge had put her provocative ways behind her as three years later she caused a stir at the MTV Music Video Awards by French kissing Britney Spears on stage. No word on whether her "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" was revoked.
Previous posts I've written about Madonna's career:
- Madonna Wins a Golden Globe for Evita
- Madonna Hosts Saturday Night Live
- Madonna Tops the Charts for First Time
- Madonna Performs on American Bandstand
- Madonna & Rupert Everett Star in The Next Best Thing
- Madonna Releases Her 1st Album
- Madonna Makes Her Broadway Debut in Speed the Plow
- Madonna's Documentary Truth or Dare Opens