23 O Talks Insights That Will Feed Your Soul
Oprah: When you take away the Madonna packaging and marketing, who are you at your core?
Madonna: I'm just a scruffy, tough girl from Michigan who really loves learning and is curious about life—hair back in a ponytail.
OW: But you are the Material Girl.
M: That was meant to be ironic.... There were many years when I thought fame, fortune, and public approval would bring me happiness. But one day you wake up and realize they don't.
Read the full interview from the January 2004 issue.