Madonna has been making music, touring the world and selling out stadiums since she was in her early twenties, so it’s no wonder she hasn’t had time until now to sit down for some ink.
The Queen of Pop revealed her very first tattoo, at the age of 62, in a series of Instagram posts on Monday, December 7 with the clever caption: “Inked for The Very First Time.”
The body art is an homage to her six children Lourdes, Rocco, David, Mercy, and twins Stella and Estere with the completed design reading “L R D M S E” on the inside of the singer’s wrist.
Madonna serves as a great reminder that it’s never too late to do something — whether it’s getting a tattoo, changing careers or getting that big break.
Here are five other famous faces who prove that age is just a number.
Darwin was 50 years old when he published “On the Origin of the Species” — his book on the role natural selection plays in evolution. His theories continue to influence Western thought on the topic and his work is considered to be some of the most important in the history of science.
US Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris turned 56 less than a month before her historic victory with the Democratic senator from California becoming the first female VP — not to mention the first Black woman and first Asian American woman to step into the gig. As if that wasn’t cool enough, Harris also waited until she was just shy of her 50th birthday to marry her husband Doug Emhoff. Feel free to drop that little nugget of information this Christmas when your family nags you about your love life.
Alongside the glass-ceiling shattering Harris is, of course, President-elect Joseph Biden who finally scored his dream job at the age of 77. Biden campaigned for the top job in both 1988 and 2008 before becoming VP to President Barack Obama from 2008-2016. Now 78, Biden will be inaugurated in January 2021.
Celebrity wedding dress designer Vera Wang spent the first half of her career working for other people at Vogue and, later, Ralph Lauren. At the age of 40, Wang ventured out on her own and started designing bridal couture. She has since provided nuptial finery for the likes of Chelsea Clinton, Victoria Beckham, Mariah Carey and both Kim and Khloe Kardashian. Her designs have also been worn by the ultra-stylish former first lady, Michelle Obama.
At 49, Winfrey became the first Black female billionaire in history, adding to her already long and impressive list of achievements. While 49 is not old by any stretch of the imagination, many of her fellow billionaires were in their twenties or thirties when they reached the prestigious milestone. For example, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was just 23 when he entered the billionaires club, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos was 35 and Bill Gates was 31.