Madonna

updated 12/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

Madonna and Warren. Madonna and Sean. Madonna and Sandra. Madonna and Pepsi. The Material Girl, the Boy Toy, "Papa Don't Preach," the stigmata debacle, a used bustier that sold at Sotheby's for $3,750...

So what is it about this 31-year-old woman with a mole on her upper lip that aroused such curiosity, even among, for example, Belgians, who bought 62,656 copies of her Like a Prayer LP this year? Only one person can approach that question with both the authority and seriousness that it deserves, and that person, of course, is Dr. Joyce Brothers. "Madonna is a sexy person for our time," says Brothers. "She's independent and on her own two feet. Women like her because they don't feel she's a victim. Men like her because she's sexy, but not straight out, like in Penthouse. She is childlike and innocent but at the same time naughty. Madonna," concludes the good doctor, "is walking that line very successfully."

Thank you, Dr. Brothers. And thank you, Madonna Louise Ciccone.

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