"The boys in my school would make fun of me. [They would call me] 'hairy monster.' You know, things like that. And then, going to high school, I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn't fit into that. So I decided I would do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, [or] to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits."

"It wasn’t until my ballet teacher, who was gay, took me under his wing and introduced me to a community of artists of other unique individuals who told me it was good and okay to be different."

"I think it would be interesting for everybody to try to get through the day… without gossiping about somebody... Not even listening to gossip... Can you imagine what your day would be like?" - Madonna (via Harper's Bazaar (quotes from Daily Mail) and Entertainment Weekly)