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NYC Hotels to Display Never-Before-Seen Photos of Pre-Stardom Madonna

W Hotels New YorkMadonna is one of the world's most photographed stars, so maybe it's not surprising that there are still some previously unseen photos of her.  A special exhibition of those pictures, showing the future superstar right before she became a household name, are going on display in New York City hotels later this month, according to ELLE magazine.

Photographer Richard Corman shot 24-year-old Madonna in May of 1983 on New York's Lower East Side, less than a year before she made her national TV debut on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, where she famously declared that she wanted to "rule the world."  The photos show Madonna posing wearing her signature funky '80s street style, with a bandana in her hair, lots of bracelets, ripped jeans and red lipstick.

The exhibit is called MADONNA: A Transformational Exhibition, and it'll go on display starting April 12 at New York's W Times Square, with select photos also on display at three additional New York City W hotels, and the W in Hoboken, New Jersey.  The exhibit runs through May 12; tickets for the opening night can be purchased at

Visitors who attend the exhibit will be able to actually purchase prints of the Madonna photos as well, with proceeds going to charity. Can't make it to New York? Visit to buy.

Remembering the shoot, Corman tells ELLE, "She leaned on her staircase and greeted me from her walk-up [apartment]. I saw those cat eyes, and I just knew. There are a few people that have that fierce sense of confidence that she portrayed." 

Corman recalls that Madonna welcomed him by serving him "an espresso with a [piece of] Bazooka bubble gum," adding, "I will never forget it. The kids from the projects would all come up and sing and dance along with her. I documented all of this. I was a voyeur."

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