Madonna Once Revealed Her Secret to Remaining Youthful While Others Age: ‘They Don’t Have a Great Enough Attitude’

Madonna began picking up popularity in the early 1980s. Since then, she’s risen to pop royalty and is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in music history. Decades later, she’s still as active as ever, performing and producing new music. She shared the two things that she believes have kept her ageless.

Madonna wears a sheer black jumpsuit, fishnet tights, and a silver top hat. She plays an electric guitar.
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Madonna has picked up valuable insight from her years in the public eye

As Madonna has honed her craft, she believes her insight has strengthened her as an artist. In the years since she released her debut album, she has changed her understanding of fame and success. 

“There were many years when I thought fame, fortune, and public approval would bring me happiness,” she told Oprah Winfrey for Oprah Magazine. “But one day you wake up and realize they don’t.”

She added that she felt she was defined by material things like public opinion and relationships. 

“The big turning point was when I was about to become a parent,” she explained. “I wanted to understand what I would teach my daughter, and I didn’t really know where I stood on things. I wanted to know the meaning of true and lasting happiness and how I could go about finding it.”

She added that her religious practice, Kabbalah, has helped her find this lasting happiness. 

“One thing I’ve learned is that I’m not the owner of my talent, I’m the manager of it,” she said. “And if I learn how to manage my talent correctly—and if I accept that I’m just channeling things that come from God—the talent will keep flowing through me.”

She says that these two things keep her youthful

Another thing that lends itself to Madonna’s continued success is her effort to stay youthful. She shared that she does worry about aging, but she believes that she has the tools to address it. In the interview, Oprah asked if yoga is what keeps Madonna ageless. In a previous interview with Oprah, the musician famously announced she was trading in her intense workouts for yoga.

“That’s part of it,” she said. “The other part is my attitude.”

She added that other people who have a good attitude but are still aging “don’t have a great enough attitude. It’s part lifestyle, and it’s part blessing from God.”

Madonna’s beauty routine also keeps her fresh-faced

Outside of her yoga practice and attitude, Madonna has some other tricks for staying youthful. She started her own skincare line, MDNA SKIN, because of her knowledge of the subject. Her personal esthetician Tarin Graham also helps keep Madonna’s skin ageless. 

“When it comes to skincare, the most important element is hydration,” Graham told W Magazine.

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When Madonna was living in the United Kingdom, she shared that the weather’s benefits on her skin were a big draw for her.

“I love the weather,” she told Elle. “All that rain and moisture is so good for the skin.”