But there was a time when Madonna was just another Wanna Be: a girl who really was a virgin, who wore crucifix and moniker without irony, who attended church every Sunday morning in a crisply pressed dress, kneeling with her brothers and sisters, father and stepmother in a row at Sunday Mass.
Belanger describes the budding Madonna as unusually pretty, buxom and willful, but otherwise quite ordinary. The future Material Girl cruised the gravel roads of her suburban subdivision on a Schwinn. Years before she fostered a fashion revolution, Madonna spent hours poring over Seventeen and Glamour, after which she was inspired to camouflage her drab Catholic school uniform under hot pink, purple and orange sweaters. Madonna was a major Monkees fan, her fantasies centering on little Davy Jones. Today's Boy Toy enjoyed games no more risqué than Monopoly, Sorry and Clue.
Yet there is evidence that the chaste child was mother to the vampy star. For example she and Belanger once got in trouble with Carol's mom for stripping their Barbie and Ken dolls and propping them face-to-face under the covers of Barbie's bed.
Madonna started toying with real boys early on. She attended make-out parties in junior high wearing a turtle-necked bodysuit to protect her virginity. Even then, Belanger says, "she broke a lot of hearts."