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As the first-born child of Madonna, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon was never destined for an average life. Even so, the 13-year-old is having a pretty extraordinary year. In August, Lourdes and Madonna, 52, launched their own teen fashion line at Macy's. As a promotion for the Material Girl Collection, Lourdes started writing a highly publicized fashion blog. Now The Daily Mail is reporting that Lourdes has a new venture: a role in the upcoming movie W.E., which director Madonna is shooting in London. And then there was last fall's "Celebration" music video, in which Lourdes danced to her mom's music while wearing classic Madonna looks.
As you may have noticed, all of these exciting extracurricular activities have something, or rather someone, in common. Is Madonna pushing too much of her own blonde ambition onto her daughter?
It's hard not to notice that Lourdes has been growing up awfully fast. At 13, she has the poise and style of an adult. (And last week, she was criticized for sporting a picture of a marijuana leaf on her clothes.) But we have to say, her blog sounds like the ramblings of a totally normal, if highly opinionated, young teen. And even if Lourdes' clothing choices are sometimes questionable, they don't look like the work of a highly paid stylist -- her fashion sense is clearly well-developed, and all her own.
Madonna was famously driven from a young age, and from the little we know about Lourdes, it seems that she may have inherited the gene. Her mother insists that the Macy's line was her daughter's pet project, to which Lourdes applied "tireless energy" while all Madonna did was attend business meetings. She's also bragged that designer friends Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney ask Lourdes for fashion advice.
But what about the music video and the movie, which seem more in line with Madonna's interests than her daughter's? Lourdes looks like she's having a pretty good time in the video and the set photos -- not like a kid who's been dragged kicking and screaming into participating. It seems likely that she was just hanging around with her mom while these things were going on, and naturally became a part of them. Or maybe she just enjoys jumping into her mother's spotlight, even as her mom gets a kick (and perhaps a bigger teen fanbase) out of it, too.
We hope that Madonna isn't pushing Lourdes into things she doesn't want to do -- but it doesn't look that way to us. It seems more like Lola is seizing the unique opportunities that come her way, courtesy of her pop-star mama. When she gets a little older and enters her real rebellious phase, that's when we'll see how alike daughter and mother really are!
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