The 64-year-old made a joke about how the "swelling from surgery has gone down" since the awards show.
Madonna is clapping back at critics who made comments about her appearance while she was presenting at the 2023 Grammy Awards earlier this month. The 64-year-old received unflattering remarks about her face that evening. The Material Girl singer shared a new photo of herself on Twitter, sporting braided hair, ripped jeans and a baseball cap. "Look how cute I am now that swelling from surgery has gone down," she captioned the photo adding a cheeky "lol" at the end.
Look how cute i am now that swelling from surgery has gone down. Lol 😂 pic.twitter.com/jd8hQyi2Az— Madonna (@Madonna) February 20, 2023
The tweet comes weeks after the legendary performer said in a lengthy caption in an Instagram post that the "ageism and misogyny" in our society are to blame for the criticism of her appearance. She shared a reel of some of her favorite moments of the Grammys but also called out all those who criticized her. "It was an honor for me to Introduce Kim Petras and Sam Smith at the Grammys," Madonna wrote. "I wanted to give the last award which was Album of the year, but I thought it was more important that I present the first trans-woman performing at the Grammys — a history making moment," she added.
She also pointed out that "instead of focusing on what I said in my speech which was about giving thanks for the fearlessness of artists like Sam and Kim" most of the comments were targeted at her and "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!!" She added, "Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny."
The singer affirmed that she has "never apologized" for her artistic decisions, as well as the way she has dressed and looked throughout her career, and she's "not going to start" now. "I have been degraded by the media since the beginning of my career but I understand that this is all a test and I am happy to do the trailblazing so that all the women behind me can have an easier time in the years to come," Madonna said.
The Papa Don't Preach singer even made a lyrical reference to Beyoncé, who at the ceremony on February 5 received three awards for her album Renaissance, writing, "You won't break my soul." Madonna added, "I look forward to many more years of subversive behavior -pushing boundaries - Standing up to the patriarchy - and most of all enjoying my life," she said, before quoting Beyoncé once again. "Bow down b******!"
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