Before securing her indisputable status as the trendsetter of the 80’s, not to mention the best-selling female recording artist of all time, Madonna was just like us… well, kind of. A fresh-faced aspiring dancer from Michigan, she moved to New York City with $35.00 in her pocket and a desire to “be somebody”, winding up (where else?) in the Lower East Side, then-mecca of danger and creativity.

“Madonna: A Transformational Exhibition” features a wealth of unseen photographs of the young ingénue, galavanting through the streets of LES with that effortless charm that would soon land her a fateful record deal. The photos, taken by Richard Corman and George DuBose, are hypnotic, transporting us back to the good old days of a pre-commercialized downtown and letting us bask in young Ms. Ciccone’s total babeliness.

“Madonna: A Transformational Exhibition”,  Richard Corman and George DuBose, April 11- May 13, The W Hotel (multiple locations in NYC)