The Women of Shock Pop
Madonna Vs. Janet Jackson
By Emily Feimster
When it comes to controversy and pushing the envelope, no two people measure up more than the "Material Girl" Madonna and Janet Jackson. Their fans have argued for years over which one sends more shock waves and which is the more valid artist. The truth is, neither one has the singing chops of Barbra Streisand or the dance moves of Fred Astaire, but their ability to reinvent themselves has made them permanent fixtures in the music industry. With energy, hard work, and the ability to drop jaws, these provocative powerhouses have already become entertainment icons and it's anyone's guess as to what else they have up their sleeves.
Pix of Madonna
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Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan
Birth date: 8-16-1958
Height: 5' 4½"
| ||Janet Jackson|
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana
Birth date: 5-16-1966
|Relationships: Sean Penn (divorced), Carlos Leon (fathered Madonna's daughter Lourdes), and Guy Ritchie (current husband). || ||Relationships: James DeBarge (marriage annulled), Rene Elizondo (divorced), and Jermaine Dupri (current boyfriend).|
| Sex appeal: Named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People of 1991" and has since moved up.|| |
Sex appeal: Ranked #10 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists and the list goes on and on.
|Greatest Asset: Her toned Yoga arms. || ||Greatest Asset: Put it this way, we all saw one of them at the Super Bowl!|
|Family: One of eight siblings. Most of her family has managed to stay out of the tabloids. || ||Family: One of nine siblings. Her family can't stay out of the tabloids. Thanks a lot, Michael!|
|Religious Background: Had a strict Catholic upbringing. Now she strongly supports the Jewish related Kabbalah faith.|| ||Religious Background: She had a strict upbringing as Jehovah's Witness so they didn't celebrate any holidays or birthdays.|
|Changing Image: Her career began with a punk rock look - torn clothes, unkempt blond hair, and rosaries as jewelry. At one point she had the short, curly 'do, later it was long and pulled into a tight bun. She has resembled Marie Antoinette, she has had a high fashion brunette look. And she's been known to wear a cone bra or two! Now she can be seen wearing, gasp, flower printed dresses when promoting her children's books!|| ||Changing Image: She was the chubby cheeked girl next door weighed down by big hair and big sweaters. She soon became earthier, wore her hair braided, and had her nose pierced. In the mid-90's, she transformed into one of today's biggest sex symbols - with the help of a few good plastic surgeons, no doubt. Her boobs got rounder, her abs toner, her nose slimmer (remind you of anyone?), her hair trendier, and her clothes sexier, that's if she's actually wearing clothes.|
|Controversial Moments: Where do we begin? In the "Like a Prayer" video, she danced in front of burning crosses and it was so controversial that she lost her endorsement with Pepsi. Used the "f" word 13 times in a "David Letterman" appearance. Released her explicit "Sex" book and the similarly themed "Erotica" She made headlines again by slipping Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera the tongue at the VMA awards.|| ||Controversial Moments: She stirs the pot with her sexually charged lyrics, scantily clad photo shoots, and lap dancing concerts. She shocked fans when it was revealed that she had secretly been married to Elizondo for 9 years. But nothing was more infamous than her 2004 Super Bowl halftime show when her breast was "accidentally" exposed. Come on, they were just trying to one up Madonna and Britney!|
|Acting Endeavors: "Desperately Seeking Susan," "Dick Tracy," "A League of their Own," and "Evita" (won a Golden Globe).|| ||Acting Endeavors: "Good Times," "Diff'rent Strokes," "Fame, "Poetic Justice" and "The Nutty Professor II."|
|Quotable Quote: "People think being a star is about being fabulous, having your picture taken all the time, going to parties in limousines, having everyone worship and adore you, being rich, rich, rich... ...having it all. And you know what? They're absolutely right." || ||Quotable Quote: She told Blender Magazine, "As I've gotten older, I've come to realize that I had a very active sexual mind at a very young age. I hope that doesn't sound bad."|
|Early Promise: She was discovered in New York by star DJ Mark Kimins. He arranged a contract with Sire Records and her first LP was released in 1983. She gained notoriety and a year later released the album "Like a Virgin" which went triple platinum.|| ||Early Promise: At age 16, she was coerced into the music industry by her father and signed to A&M Records. She eventually teamed up with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to release "Control" which went quadruple platinum.|
|Legendary Status: Ranked #8 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll and #6 in Life's 100 Greatest Rockers List from 2002. || ||Legendary Status: Ranked #77 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock n' Roll among other record breaking accomplishments|
|Current Activities: She's on her "Re-Invention" world tour which includes footage of injured children and corpses belonging to Iraqi war victims. Doesn't she ever get tired of pushing the envelope? || ||Current Activities: She released her album "Damita Jo" in March and has been traveling all over the TV circuit to promote it. She can be seen on the album cover wearing only jeans and her arms covering those famous breasts.|Syndicated Columnists
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