Madonna has had many phases in her career. We’ve got wedding dress Madonna, disco Madonna, hippy Madonna, “I’m still sexy” Madonna, “I’m still sexy” Madonna 2 and even that weird rap phase. However, it seems in 2015 we also received bodysnatcher Madonna and barely anyone blinked an eye.
Back in 2015, Madonna posted a pic of her in a Joy Division tee with the caption “I look Kewl,” as promo for her album Rebel Heart. The only problem is the pic wasn’t actually her, but instead, featured her head photoshopped onto the body of Aussie woman Amelia Goldie.
At the time, Goldie reached out to the singer’s team but received no response. Now, in the year of our Lorde 2021, the issue has gone viral thanks to Goldie’s TikTok. Even though it’s been six entire years, this whole scenario is still so fkn strange.
“So it happened May 1st 2015,” Goldie told PEDESTRIAN.TV.
“I found out when I was sitting at home and suddenly some of my Instagram followers noticed the photo was mine. At the time I had maybe 20k followers and a couple of people recognised my photograph and tagged me in it.
“I thought it was a joke initially and then realised it couldn’t be as it was on her official account.”
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It’s not surprising that Goldie thought the image was a joke when you actually look at it.
Madonna’s head is so poorly placed onto her body that it doesn’t even look real at all.
“Looking back at it now is hilarious. My hair in the photo was terrible so it’s like looking at a really bad school photo, except Madonna’s face is overlayed on it. So funny,” Goldie said.
According to Goldie, she tried to reach out to Madonna’s team for some form of answer, but no dice.
“I tried to reach out via Instagram to her team to no response. I would love to get in contact with her team about it but have yet to be able to make contact with them,” she said.
“I think myself and everyone else is super perplexed about how the image came about, why they posted it etc. It still feels like a dream or a joke.”
Honestly, I wish I had an answer as to why Madonna did this or how she found the photo, but six years on and the only person who really knows is probably Madonna herself.
And yes, the pic is still up on Insta.
And if you look at the comments on the 2015 post you’ll see a bunch of people, mostly from TikTok, who are calling Madonna a “thief” and demanding she deletes the post.
Who knows, maybe with the issue going viral, we’ll finally get an answer.
“I’m glad it’s getting recognised again now because I would really love to have her team credit me on the account, because having your body used as Madonna’s is pretty… different!”
Madge, it’s your move. Our only question for you is: “what the fuck?”