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Madonna, Debi Mazar and Daze photographed by Beth Baptiste, 1982.

“These photos were from a photo shoot by Beth Baptiste. I was invited to be a part of the shoot by Debi Mazar, who was a really good friend at the time. Debi was close to Madonna (for a while she served as her personal makeup artist and even went on tour with her) I was also friends with Madonna, as well as Adolpho Sanchez, Timmy, and Dontay. We were all part of the New York City downtown club scene. Going to the Roxy every Friday, Danceteria during the week, hanging at the Fun Gallery and going to openings every night. I think what Beth was trying to show was how diverse the scene was. The shoot took place on the street in Hell’s Kitchen, pretty far west. Madonna was not yet a big star. She just had one single out called “Everybody,” that’s it. We were all trying to make our way in the big world, trying to navigate through a scene that was sometimes difficult. We would all go on to become successful in some way. Obviously Madonna eventually became an icon.”

— Chris “Daze” Ellis


Madonna and Keith Haring at the Don’t Bungle The Jungle benefit concert

The benefit raised money and awareness for the preservation of tropical rain forests. The event took place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on May 24, 1989. Madonna and comedian Sandra Bernhard performed a rendition of Sonny & Cher’s I Got You Babe. There were also performances by the B-52’s, the Del Fuegos and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.