I don’t think it’s outside the realm of possibility that Madonna got the cone bra idea from Bettie Page. After all, Madonna has looked to Bettie Page for inspiration several times before. Page was obviously the inspiration behind Madonna's photo shoot with Katy Perry, and she recreated Page’s work with Irving Klaw in the 1950s for the Sex book in the early 1990s. Every pop star has incorporated other people's ideas into their work, but Madonna is guilty of it more than anyone else. She isn't as original as her fans make her out to be.
I honestly don't understand how she could call Lady Gaga reductive. There are dozens of singers, bands, film stars, models, photographers, directors, etc. who could sit there and say the same thing about Madonna. I'm not talking about the Material Girl and Express Yourself music videos. I'm talking about everything else she has lifted from other people's work and incorporated into other music videos, single covers, artwork, performances, fashion shoots, etc. She has been successfully sued several times for plagiarism. How many "homages" does someone need to make?
I remember Madonna fans giving Lady Gaga a hard time for recreating old looks and imagery in her work but why does Madonna get a free pass for doing it? She’s worse than anyone. Why did Kylie get criticised for doing a couple of things that were Marilyn Monroe-esque? It's not like Madonna hasn't devoured Marilyn's look over the last thirty years. Kylie might not have the grip on pop culture that Madonna does, but Kylie blatantly inspired Madonna during the Confessions era. Kylie already delved back into disco music on Light Years in 2000, she also sampled Donna Summer's I Feel Love on tour in 2002. The Love Kylie campaign was obviously the basis for the picture of Madonna sitting in front of the mirror in the Confessions inlay booklet, and Kylie did a photo shoot in 2004 where she was surrounded by disco balls.
Contrary to popular belief, Madonna wasn't the first person to do everything. Sure, she has done things that are well-known in pop culture but it doesn't change the fact that nearly every single one of them came from someone else. A lot of her fans are so ignorant and clueless about pop culture pre-Madonna. I could link dozens of examples of someone doing something before Madonna did it, but I won't as I've already gone way off topic. However, I will end my post with this:
Look familiar? Yeah, thought so. Both of these pre-date Madonna's picture that has her pulling the exact same facial expression with a cigarette hanging out her mouth.