Everyone knows that Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman.

However, these words hardly describe the enormous impact she has had on music, fashion and culture. Even now, on her 60th birthday on August 16, she is challenging aging stereotypes and telling older women that they do not have to be invisible.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, she, somewhat provocatively, said “No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being gay… But my age – anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me.”

No matter what you think of her outlook on life, it is clear that Madonna continues to be innovative, expressive, sexy and outspoken. She pushes boundaries at every opportunity.

As you know, one of my core beliefs is that you can reinvent yourself at any age. I know people in their 60s who are doing amazing things – going back to university, starting companies and getting in the best shape of their lives.

Well, Madonna has the word “reinvention” emblazoned on her soul. Most of the women in the Sixty and Me community remember her first big hit, the evocative and sensationally sexy, “Like a Virgin.” She went on to make a statement at every stage in her career, becoming one of the first “single name” artists.

You don’t have to love every aspect of Madonna’s lifestyle to appreciate the impact that she has had on giving women a voice. Personally, I hope that she will continue to speak out for what she believes in as she approaches her 60s.

I may not agree with her on every topic, but, I love the fact that she is drawing attention to the important issue of ageism. I also appreciate the fact that she represents a woman who refuses to accept invisibility after 50.

For last year’s birthday, Madonna posted a nude picture of herself from the 80s. She said she was in her “birthday suit.” I wonder what she will get up to this year!

Let’s all wish Madonna a very Happy 60th birthday and thank her for music, passion and commitment to fighting ageism!

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