Madonna looks unrecognisable as a 21-year-old dance student in unearthed pics

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Long before she was the Queen of Pop Madonna was just another struggling dance student in New York City, and unearthing black and white pictures from that period show that she had yet to develop her colourful persona.

The pictures of the star, who recently celebrated her 65th birthday, were taken just a couple of years after she arrived in the Big Apple from her hometown in Michigan.

With short dark hair and conservative clothing, her natural beauty shines through in the images, which were shot by photographer Michael McDonnell in 1979.

Five years before she became a blonde bombshell and stormed the charts, she looks far more innocent than her Like A Virgin persona.

In close-up shots, she wears a simple white shirt and relatively subtle eye makeup. Her brows are unkempt and she wears lashings of mascara to highlight her eyes.

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In other images she wears a simple black outfit comprised of trousers and an off-the-shoulder top teamed with black boots with killer heels.

A further set of photographs feature her looking into a mirror as she appears to get ready for a show.

The conservative images contradict what Madonna has said about her time at dance school, which she began attending at 19.

In her official biography, it says that she took dance classes at the Martha Graham School, founded by its namesake, the legendary modern dancer and choreographer.

“The students had to wear uniforms. Madonna, who never met a rule she didn’t want to break, began showing up to class with holes in her stockings and her hair in cornrows,” it reads.

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There is no evidence of this in the photographs, but Madonna has said: “I wanted to stand out as a renegade.”

She claims that she was called into the office and warned that if she didn’t follow the dress code she’d be asked to leave.

“Then the door opened, and Graham herself walked in,” Madonna recalls. “She said, ‘We have rules and we have regulations.’”

The Material Girl says that she stood her ground telling Martha that if she “had followed the rules you wouldn’t be where you are today”.

The biography says that Martha agreed with her saying: “You’re right. But if everyone thinks the way you do, there won’t be any order here.”

Madonna then states that the dance teacher gave her a new moniker telling her: “’I’m going to start calling you Madame X. Every day, you come to school, I don’t recognize you. Every day, you change your identity. You’re a mystery to me.’”

Madonna claims that she used this encounter as inspiration for the title of her 14th studio album, Madame X.

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