Madonna Nude in July ’85


In July of 1985, Playboy and Penthouse magazines published a number of nude photos of Madonna, taken in New York in 1978.

Madonna had posed for the photographs as she needed money at the time and was paid as little as $25 a session. The publication of the photos caused a media uproar, but Madonna remained defiant and unapologetic. The photographs were ultimately sold for up to $100,000.

Madonna referred to the whole experience at the July 13, 1985 outdoor Live Aid charity concert saying that she was “not taking shit off today [because the media] might hold it against me ten years from now.”