In what could just be a phony act to help fans relate to her as a real person, Madonna released a video in which her teenage daughter Lourdes Leon acts disdainful of her mom's hopeless lack of hipness. The promotional video aims to promote the Material Girl Lucky Stars Model Search, a contest in which an ordinary teen will be selected to replace Kelly Osbourne as the "face" of the famous pair's fashion line. But whether the four-minute video reveals anything about the real dynamics of the mother-daughter duo or is just scripted shtick to make it look like they are like everybody else is debatable.
Taken at face value, the singer-turned-fashionpreneur and her daughter with fitness trainer Carlos Leon engage in a witty war of words in which each thinks she emerges as the winner. While discussing their search for a Material Girl, Madonna condescendingly explains, "We're not looking for a model. We're not looking for the (makes dramatic finger quotes) perfect beauty. We're looking for a woman . . . girl . . . female child who embodies a certain je ne sais qua, a certain spirit, energy, attitude -- who cares but doesn't care, is material but immaterial . . . likes to shop but also cares about (she pauses, searching for right word) f-e-e-lings."
Munching on fruit, 15-year-old Lourdes -- who goes by the name Lola -- dismisses her mom's search for the impossible. "No one's like that," she says. Madonna retorts "I'm like that."
The bemused Lola dismisses her mom with a "well, that's debatable," leaving Madonna no choice but to pull the mother card. "Have you done your homework?" she asks coldly.
As much a "Saturday Night Live" skit as real-life mother-daughter interaction, the interplay between the two could be a campy romp on what happens when one of the coolest icons of a generation is perceived as a fossil by her own child, the daughter she rocked to sleep and spoon-fed on the nanny's nights off.
The two spar about everything including lingo. When Lola uses the expression "totes magotes," Madonna stares blankly and says, "whatevs." This time it's the daughter's turn to condescend. She explains to the 80s icon, "They don't say that anymore," but the Material Girl disagrees. "I say it in my world," she replies, adding, "You say what you want in your world, and I'll say what I want in my world."
"I'll just say what I want in the cool young people's world," Lourdes retorts, but Madonna manages to get the last zinger. "And I'll say what I want in the timeless world."
The 53-year-old smooth-skinned, toned-bod beauty -- whose image is more that of a 30-something -- then accuses her daughter of being an ageist.
Ultimately it doesn't matter if Madonna and Lourdes really have the relationship depicted in their mini-drama or if the video is a sham publicity stunt. The depiction of yesterday's hipster being taken down a peg by her know-it-all teenaged daughter makes for great entertainment, even it is just a calculated ploy for publicity.
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