MADGE IS MAD: On Monday, Madonna did what she does best — stir controversy — this time with an Instagram shot. The singer posted a black-and-white selfie of her torso with what appears to be a streamer of white fabric crisscrossing it. The word “CENSORED” is plastered across her bare breasts and the caption reads: “What I wanted to wear to Met Ball but Anna said Not this year! So I’m gonna work on music instead? #artforfreedom.” Perhaps a joke, though some speculated that after Madonna’s look from last year — a studded-up tartan Givenchy blazer thrown over a holey fishnet bodysuit and thigh highs — Wintour solicited Madonna’s dressing plans for this go-around, just in case; a move that no doubt would rankle Madonna.

As for Wintour’s reaction to Madge’s Instagram post, a Vogue spokeswoman said, “Anna is always thrilled to have Madonna at the Met Gala.” Madonna’s publicist did not return requests for comment by press time.

This story first appeared in the May 7, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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