Thirty-five years ago, a rising pop singer named Madonna Louise Ciccone opened the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Older generations may vividly recall the exact moment when they first saw Elvis twitch his pelvis on TV or when the Beatles first performed on Ed Sullivan, but for children of the ’80s, Madonna’s racy, underwear-flashing, floor-rolling “Like a Virgin” performance was their defining televised music moment.
No one had ever seen anything like it at the time — and Madonna’s stylist Maripol, who was responsible for the star’s Like a Virgin-era peekaboo bridal gown look, was there to see it in person.
Maripol tells Yahoo Entertainment she was worried that the scandalous performance might be an act of career suicide for her young client. “I was right there. I saw it happening. I saw what [MTV] did, and I can tell you that they tried to destroy her that day,” she says. “They went under her skirt with the camera; they were trying to intimidate her.”
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