And who keeps leaking the "before" shots of Madonna photo shoots?
The new leaks from last year's Louis Vuitton campaign are the latest in a subgenre of leaked photos of her before the digital interventions that make any woman — but especially one over 50 — magazine-ready. Why her more than anyone else?
The Vuitton campaign was shot by Steven Meisel, breaking a streak of leaked Madonna photos in the last year or so that were photographed by Steven Klein and could conceivably be chalked up to tension between his camp and hers. At least two of the leaked shoots were Klein's, for W (and for the Hard Candy packaging).
Let's get something straight: We're all for exposing the artifice at work in these high-gloss photo shoots — particularly when what's being sold is not just unattainable to most, it's anatomically unfeasible. But contrary to what counsel for some of the airbrushees may think, mocking what these women actually look like is not the point.