Madonna, The Queen Of Pop, Turns 61: Some Of Her Most Iconic Moments

It's Madonna's 61st birthday on Friday, and while the Queen of Pop prepares for her "Madame X" tour, here is a round-up of just a few of her most iconic and impactful moments.

Madonna celebrating her birthday during rehearsals for the Madame X Tour. 🎂❌#HappyBirthdayMadonna #Madonna pic.twitter.com/PaCAFlYKr5

— Madonna Nation ❌ (@MadonnaNationX) August 16, 2019

Madonna has made numerous contributions to pop culture itself, and fans around the world are saying #HappyBirthdayMadonna.

Happy Birthday to the only queen of pop #Madonna pic.twitter.com/ELQBmXfETS

— 𝕯𝖆𝖗𝖙𝖍 𝕷𝖔𝖐𝖎 🥀 (@hausofnicholax) August 16, 2019

From the very start of her career, Madonna was dressing like no one else, marking out her place through her raw style and unique personality. The "material girl" has had "many lives" and gone through various looks including aerobic spandex, French Revolution-style frocks, and conical bras.

“I’ve had so many lives...” And may you have many more lives #Madonna! Thank you the Queen of Pop, the Queen of Life, the Queen of Everything, for giving us so much over the years and continuing to do so. Your many fans wish you a Happy 61st Birthday! 🎂#HappyBirthdayMadonna pic.twitter.com/db935UZ3T7

— Madonna Nation ❌ (@MadonnaNationX) August 16, 2019

Here is a look at how her style and personality have had a lasting impact:

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American musician Madonna poses for photographs, New York, New York, circa 1989. (Larry Busacca/WireImage)

Let's start with Madonna's famous pink satin cone bra that made its first appearance through strategically placed slits in a black Jean Paul Gaultier suit as she emerged on stage during her Blond Ambition Tour in 1990.

Madonna's cone bra#90sTimeCapsuleItems pic.twitter.com/ihTzoWAO71

— Debbie (@tekuzuzukiku) January 30, 2017

Madonna with her iconic cone bra in 1990 pic.twitter.com/S5CSlBHexT

— VintagePhotos (@NotableHistory) August 27, 2015

Madonna has released 14 studio albums: some of her best selling works include 1989' "Like a Prayer," 2000's "Music" as well as "Erotica," "Bedtime Stories" and "Ray of Light." Later on her career, she made popular albums "Confessions on a Dance Floor," then "Hard Candy" (when she was 50, which also included stand-out single "4 Minutes" with Justin Timberlake), "MDNA" and "Rebel Heart." She released "Madame X" this year.

In 1985, Madonna channeled Marilyn Monroe circa "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" in her "Material Girl" video.

And let's not forget her classic 1990 hit, "Vogue":

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Madonna performing her song 'Vogue', on the MTV Video Music Awards in September 1990. (Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)

madonna performing vogue at the vmas (1990).

the marie antoinette look, iconic choreography, fan thwoorps, bitch serving full performance piece with no microphone or fucks given. ugh her MIND. pic.twitter.com/FFHgxzbLUo

— ᴊᴀᴄᴋ (@fkajack) August 14, 2018

And her risqué masterpiece, "Like A Virgin":

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Madonna on stage for her 1985 Virgin Tour. ( Mark Downey Lucid Images/Corbis via Getty Images)

In 1984, Dick Clark asked her a simple question: "What are your dreams, what's left?" when Madonna appeared on "American Bandstand." Her answer came quickly: "To rule the world."

She is a pop star turned movie star: The first time the audience sees Madonna in "Desperately Seeking Susan," she's lying on the floor of an opulent, disarrayed Atlantic City hotel room, taking Polaroids of herself. (She was early to selfies.) The movie, an unlikely box-office and critical hit in 1985, was her first major screen role.

I so wanted this outfit and the suitcase #desperately seeking Susan #madonna pic.twitter.com/K7Tz7xHibo

— Rachael Naish (@AniKirabrissol) August 15, 2019

She played the titular charismatic grifter with a very cool jacket. (The cropped Santo Loquasto tux with the gold pyramid on the back became a cinematic icon — in 2014, it sold at auction for over $250,000).

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A general view of the jacket worn by Madonna during Desperately Seeking Susan at the Julien's auctions media preview for Icons & Idols: Rock N' Roll event held at Juliens Auctions on November 3, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)

She made wearing the cross cool: Madonna's fascination with Catholicism has been well-documented. And Catholicism has kept a close watch on Madonna, too. The Vatican condemned her "Like a Prayer" video, and Pope John Paul II urged a boycott.

Today in 1989 Madonna's "Like a Prayer" music video attracts criticism for its use of Catholic Church iconography & for the use of cross burning imagery. Pepsi drops Madonna as a spokesperson out of fear the video will cause religious groups to boycott the company. #80s pic.twitter.com/z6YU7P9ZBd

— LandOfThe80s (@landofthe80) March 21, 2019

She has always been a provocateur: Camille Paglia advised that Madonna give up the "pointless provocations" and "trashy outfit[s]" of her "prolonged midlife crisis." When the singer twerked on "Carpool Karaoke," the television host Piers Morgan scolded: "You can't be 58 and dancing around like that."

In recent years, one of the most interesting, and controversial issues Madonna has faced in the public eye is ageism. "People say I'm controversial," Madonna told an audience of music-industry peers in 2016. "But I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around."

"Let's never underestimate the power of music to bring people together" - @Madonna, at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.#DareToDream #Eurovision pic.twitter.com/18RF5r0Kq3

— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) May 18, 2019