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Madonna's "Like a Virgin" tour swept the United States in 1985, exposing teenagers and parents to a new kind of female singer who embraced both her femininity and her sexual freedom. The article accompanying this photograph in Time magazine called her personality "as forceful and well organized as D-Day." Madonna began her professional career as a dancer in New York, but soon turned her talents to singing. When this issue of Time hit newsstands in May 1985, both of her albums, Madonna and Like a Virgin, had gone platinum, and her movie debut in Desperately Seeking Susan was getting good reviews. Madonna was emerging as a 1980s icon and she soon became one of the most famous women in the world.