The point is here: How hard is it to grow up and grow older gracefully? Very hard. Not just for Madonna. Because the availability of tempting tools and poisons for prolonging eternal sexy youth feeds the illusion that it is actually possible.
The photographer on the beach that day was Bunny Yeager and the model was 32-year old Bettie Page. This iconic image is included in the exhibition "Bunny's Bombshells" at Sin City Gallery in Las Vegas.