The fashion legend Madonna was born in 1958, acquiring her name from her mother who would pass 5 years later from breast cancer. This loss greatly impacted Madonna as she grew up and she later stated, “For example, mothers teach you manners. And I absolutely did not learn any of those rules and regulations" (A&E Television Networks) , which allowed her to express her identity without regulation. The popstars family was extremely religious growing up, always surrounded by priests and nuns coming in and out of the home. Her home, adorned with crucifixes and the Virgin Mary, would later lead to some of the artist's most iconic accessories. After bouncing from band to band Madonna submerged as a solo artist releasing the hit, “Everybody”, in 1981. Madonna's rise to fame was riddled with controversies that would allow her to be a mainstream landmark in fashion. For example in 1989 Madonnas, “Like A Prayer”, displayed the artist burning crosses and a confused intertwinment of race relations and sexual innuedos. Or her VMAs performance of “Like A Virgin” in 1984 where she writhed on the floor in a wedding dress. Controversy after controversy only uplifted Madonna's success which may speak to who is and isn't allowed to voice what freedoms they have through explicit voice and implicit choices of clothing. Nevertheless her fans mimicked her flashy-religious jewelry, headbands and rubber bracelets because she turned cheap objects into fashion. Madonna will forever be ingrained as an iconic step in fashion history because of her inherited position in society and her contagious expression.