Lourdes Leon revealed that despite her mom Madonna’s liberal persona, she’s a VERY strict parent.
“is such a control freak… she has controlled me my whole life. I needed to be completely independent from her as soon as I graduated high school.”
You’re fiercely protective of yourself, but also of your mom. When we were in Puglia, some woman dove out of her chair and was like,
‘Oh my god, are you the daughter of Madonna?’
And you were like, ‘What’s your mother’s name?’
It’s really funny to me. People are always really taken aback when I say that, because it’s like,
‘Bitch, don’t talk about my mom if you don’t want me to talk about your mom. You want to call my mom a whore? Okay, your mom is a whore.‘
If you feel like you have the right to comment on my mother, then I’m going to do the same to you.“
Leon explained that one of the ways she managed to establish herself is by not taking any of her mom’s money and paying for her college tuition and her NYC apartment with the money made from her modeling gigs.
“We don’t get any handouts in my family…
“Obviously, I grew up with extreme privilege. There’s no denying that. But I think my mom saw all these other kids of famous people, and she was like, ‘My kids are not going to be like this.’
Also, I feel like if your parents pay for things, then it gives them leverage over you.
But Leon says that her mom has also always encouraged her to look at the big picture and think really seriously about what she wants to do with her life.
“My mom is very insistent on making me think about what I want to be known for beyond my looks. That’s not what I want people to remember me by. It’s not real.
Financially, modeling is a smart decision. I enjoy being very hands on with the campaigns I do, so that I’m not just modeling, per se.
I dance, I have a very specific sense of style, and I’m interested in aesthetics, so I like to incorporate all those parts of myself into my projects. I don’t know how I feel about acting yet.
“Actors really annoy me and I can’t be around them. As for music, I can sing. I just don’t care about it. Maybe it’s too close to home.
My experience with my mom’s music has changed so much as I’ve gotten older, because I’m increasingly able to recognize how influential and amazing this woman is, and how empowering to other women and ahead of her time she has always been. I didn’t fully comprehend that until I realized the importance of empowerment and what it means to be a woman. She’s probably the hardest worker I’ve ever seen.
I didn’t inherit that, unfortunately. I inherited her control issues, but not her work ethic.“