The Story Behind Madonna’s Slip Dress in Her Most Controversial Music Video, “Like a Prayer”
Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” is a stone-cold classic. It’s a ballad sung at bars and karaoke gatherings, and a feel-good, pump-you-up tune for everywhere in between. Even people born a decade after the song’s 1989 release know the words by heart. And while the song has solidified its place in the pop music canon with its unforgettable melody and lyrics, the Mary Lambert–directed “Like a Prayer” video is equally memorable. The controversial music video showed a buxom 30-year-old Madonna with a mop of inky black curls, barely clad for scenes that explored sexual, religious, and racial themes.