14/08/2014 16:35 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Madonna Covers Harper's Bazaar Daring Issue

Madonna is looking seriously fierce on the cover of Harper's Bazaar November issue and penned an essay for the magazine's Daring Issue.

The 55-year-old struck a pose for world-famous photographer Terry Richardson as she opened up about her struggles as a teenager, and how she made it in the music biz.

"And for me, that was going to New York to become a REAL artist. To be able to express myself in a city of nonconformists. To revel and shimmy and shake in a world and be surrounded by daring people," she writes.

When she arrived in NYC it was nothing like she'd expected."This wasn't anything I prepared for in Rochester, Michigan.

"Trying to be a professional dancer, paying my rent by posing nude for art classes, staring at people staring at me naked.

"Daring them to think of me as anything but a form they were trying to capture with their pencils and charcoal."

"I was defiant. Hell-bent on surviving. On making it. But it was hard and it was lonely, and I had to dare myself every day to keep going."

She finishes off her piece with: "One of the many things I learned from all of this: If you aren't willing to fight for what you believe in, then don't even enter the ring."

If it's possible, we think we love Madge even more now!

Read the full story here and see Madonna's fashion shoot here.