May 1985 In her typically brash style, Madonna told our writer: "I couldn't be a success without also being a sex symbol. I'm sexy. How can I avoid it? That's the essence of me. I would have to have a bag over my head and over my body; but then my voice would come across, and it's sexy."The singer graced the cover of our first issue, and again for the 1987 and 1989 anniversary issues. She appeared on the cover three more times, in January 1996, April 1998, and April 2000.
If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know the fetching story of Shamir Bailey. A 20-year-old, male-pronoun-approving, gender-fluid African-American who grew up in Vegas and played country music until enough bizzers told him they didn’t know how to… More »