From the start of her career, Madonna was open about her Catholic upbringing (and occasional criticism of the church). She drew from her faith to write songs like "Like a Prayer" and "Promise to Try." Madonna became famous for her juxtaposition of Catholic iconography and sexuality, and one of the ways she did this was by wearing classic rosary necklaces with bustier tops and sexy dresses. She often layered her rosaries with pearls, chains, and Star of David necklaces.
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