Madonna, the iconic pop singer and performer, has recently admitted to undergoing plastic surgery two weeks after her appearance at the 2023 Grammy Awards drew criticism from fans and the public alike. Following the event, Madonna faced backlash and scrutiny for her changed appearance, with many noting the smoothness of her visage, sculpted cheeks, and plump pout.
In response to the criticism, Madonna posted a photo of herself on Instagram, where she acknowledged that she had undergone plastic surgery and was now pleased with the results. She captioned the post, “Look how cute I am now that swelling from surgery has gone down. Lol.” The photo shows Madonna posing in ripped jeans and a “Spiritually Hungry” hat.
Madonna’s appearance at the Grammys generated much conversation on social media, with fans expressing surprise at her changed appearance. One fan wrote, “Madonna looking ‘refreshed’ lol..”, while another wrote, “So, I am just now watching the #GRAMMYs. Madonna doesn’t quite look like @Madonna to me.” Another fan commented, “Madonna needs to stop with the plastic surgery and embrace the aging process. She’s nearly unrecognizable at this point.”
In response to the criticism, Madonna posted a lengthy Instagram post hitting out at ageism and misogyny. In her caption, she noted that the “closeup” from a “long lens camera” had distorted her face and made it appear rounder and puffier than it actually was. She wrote, “Once again, I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny that permeates the world we live in.”
Madonna also noted that it was an “honor” for her to introduce Kim Petras, the first openly trans person to win a Grammy, and Sam Smith, who shared the duo award and became the first openly non-binary artist to win in the Best Pop Duo/Group Collaboration category. She explained that she had chosen to introduce Petras, rather than presenting the coveted Album of the Year prize, as she believed the former moment would be more important and befitting of her trailblazing status.
Despite Madonna’s intentions, people focused on her appearance instead of her words, much to her annoyance. She noted in her Instagram post, “Instead of focusing on what I said in my speech, which was about giving thanks for the fearlessness of artists like Sam and Kim, many people chose to only talk about close-up photos of me taken with a long lens camera by a press photographer that would distort anyone’s face!”