Madonna 53, looks youthful 30 year old actress Andrea Riseborough magazine cover

The airbrush strikes again! Madonna, 53, looks as youthful as protégé Andrea Riseborough, 30, on new cover
By Eleanor Gower

With her incredibly long slim legs, glowing skin and wrinkle free face, she looks a far sight younger than her 53-years-old.

In fact, Madonna could easily pass for the same age as her protégé, British actress Andrea Riseborough, who has just turned 30.
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One of two Harper's Bazaar cover photographs features the Queen of Pop in a black trilby hat, tight polo-neck sweater, fitted trousers and heels.

She poses with a camera in a nod to her début as a director for feature film W.E. which stars Riseborough as Wallis Simpson.

Riseborough, who won critical acclaim for playing Margaret Thatcher in 2008 TV movie The Long Walk To Finchley, wears a black evening gown and matching long gloves

In the second photograph, which features a closer-up shot, Madonna looks as smooth skinned as her leading lady, despite the 23 year age difference.
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Both ladies look stunning on the cover of the magazine which also features an interview with Madonna who filmed her new movie in London and New York last year.

The film explores a two-tiered love story about Wally Winthrop (Abby Cornish), a woman in 1999 who is infatuated with the 1930s marriage of King Edward VIII to Wallis Simpson.
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'Wallis Simpson became famous by default, by capturing the heart of the king, but it’s obviously a subject I’m constantly on the inside of, and the outside of,' Madonna tells the magazine in an accompanying interview.

'I think my behaviour and my lifestyle threaten a lot of social norms, like the movie does. I think there are a lot of parallels and connections.'

Nowadays, the singer, actress and now director also has to juggle her successful career with being a mother to Lourdes, 15, Rocco, 11, and David, six, and five-year-old Mercy, who were both adopted from Malawi.

'I say to Lourdes, school work always comes first, so anything that gets in the way of that falls by the wayside,' she says.

'We put our energy in education,' says Madonna who launched clothing line Material Girl with her daughter last year.

However, her fame does have an impact on her children.

She recalls to the magazine: 'The other day, I was out on the street with Lourdes. She wasn't feeling well and had a fever. She was wearing her tracksuit bottoms and her T-shirt, and she turned around and was like, "Ugh, there's a paparazzi, and I look like s***."
Leading ladies: Madonna posing with Riseborough (left) and Abby Cornish (right) the stars of W.E., at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year

'I felt for her because, I thought, this is an extra layer. It's already a challenge to have a teenager, then to have a teenager in New York City, and on top of that, she's the daughter of someone famous.

'It's a lot. I'm aware of it, and I constantly find myself apologising for it.

'But it also provokes many discussions with us about what's real and what isn't real.'

Madonna, who is currently dating French breakdancer Brahim Zaibat, also says she considers her children's feelings when it comes to her dating life.

'It's also important that my children admire and respect this partner that I would choose for myself. Especially for my sons, who have their father [ex-husband Guy Ritchie], but they need a male role model as well.
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'So I need to keep this in mind: What is this person modelling to my sons, what kind of man is he, what values does he have, what energy is he giving off? Because they are impressionable. It's so important.'