When Madonna released ‘Vogue’ in 1988, she was finally being accepted as a genuine artist, rather than ‘just another New York disco darling’, as she’d once been deemed by the press.
Sure, ‘Vogue’ is problematic: as Jennie Livingston’s beautiful and poignant film ‘Paris Is Burning’ attests, many of the LGBT kids attending ballroom competitions which inspired this song were living in poverty (and sadly, some were murdered, or died of AIDS, before the film’s completion) whereas Madonna was now pop royalty.
Madonna’s homage was of course, in contrast, ridiculously expensive, luxe and high- gloss, but as both a video and song, it’s still absolutely perfect- in its own slightly gauche way, a plea for inclusivity. Pristine pop gold. “Strike a pose”.