How is it that Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon was born famous?
Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon was born famous, as she is the first child of the highly-accomplished and popular singer/actress, Madonna and her mother’s then partner Carlos Manuel Leon, who started off as a personal trainer for celebrities and went on to establish himself as a well-known actor.
Lourdes, also known as “Lola”, was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 14th October 1996, and now at the age of 23, seems set to follow in her mother’s footsteps and is making a name for herself as a singer and a model.
Lourdes’ parents, family life and siblings
Lourdes’ mother, Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born on 16 August 1958 to an Italian father and her mother of Canadian-French descent. Madonna married actor Sean Penn in August 1985, but they divorced in January 1989.
Carlos, Lourdes’ father, was born on 19 July 1966 in Cuba, and is now resident in New York City. Madonna and Carlos met in about 1995 when Carlos was Madonna’s fitness trainer. Madonna was working on the musical film, “Evita”, at the time, which she took very seriously, so when she fell pregnant with Lourdes, she worried that it would compromise her role in the movie. Luckily it did not, and to the contrary, Madonna won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Madonna and Carlos’ relationship came to an end in May 1997, but they’ve remained friends since. Madonna then met director Guy Richie and they had a son, Rocco John Ritchie on 11 August 2000 in Los Angeles. Madonna and Guy married on 22 December 2000, but divorced in 2008.
Lourdes attended a French school, Lycée Francais de New York, and learnt about differing cultures, and to speak French, Spanish and Italian. She then attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts from which she graduated in 2014. She also furthered her studies in Performing Arts at the University of Michigan.
In 2006, upon founding a charity organization, Raising Malawi, and donating to an orphanage during a tour, Madonna adopted a Malawian orphan, David Banda. In December 2008 Madonna and Guy divorced but agreed to share parental duties, and thereafter Lourdes lived between London and New York. In June 2009 Madonna adopted another child from Malawi, Chifundo “Mercy” James.
Lourdes also has a half-brother, Meeka Leon, and step-sisters Estere and Stella Ciccone who are twins and were also adopted by Madonna.
Lourdes, born under the star sun of Libra, has a model figure and is 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) tall. She has dark brown eyes and hair, but most often her hair is colored, either black, purple, silver/lilac or black with green flashes.
Madonna was one of the first known actresses to go public with unshaven underarms and legs by showing off her hairy armpits in a picture on social media with the slogan, “Long hair…… Don’t Care!!!!!!” Lourdes has followed her mother’s lead here, and has also unashamedly sported hairy armpits and legs on the runway and otherwise. Lourdes has tattooed the letters “M,O,M” spread out individually over each of the middle three knuckles of her right hand and similarly “D,A,D” across the fingers of her left hand.
She also has various small tattoos one saying “MERCY” on the inside of her left upper arm, and wears a belly ring and a nose ring.
Lourdes does not spend much time on social media, and doesn’t really need to as fame seems to find her and there are many fan pages dedicated to her across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Lourdes has a Facebook page with well over 16,000 followers, but which has been inactive since 2017.
Does Lourdes Leon have a boyfriend?
Between 2013 and 2014, Lourdes dated well-known actor Timothée Chalamet. Since about 2017, she has been dating Jonathan Puglia, a skateboarder and photographer from Ohio. They have spent vacations together, and apparently she has visited his family in Ohio.
How Lourdes Leon’s career unfolded
In 2003 Lourdes was a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in 2005 she featured in the documentary “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret” featuring Madonna’s Re-Invention World tour. From 2003 to 2008, Lourdes contributed to her mother’s series of published children’s books called “The English Rose”.
In 2009 Lourdes participated in the “Madonna: Celebration –The Video Collection”, which is a musical synopsis of Madonna’s career. Lourdes also took part in the MTV Video Music Awards that year.
In 2010, when Lourdes was still 13 years old, she collaborated with her mother to release the punk-girl style clothing line, Material Girl, which is inspired by Madonna’s 1980s style, and a year later they launched a range of beauty products.
In 2012 she sang on Madonna’s song, “Superstar”, and 2013 saw Lourdes accompanying Madonna on “The MDNA Tour” as wardrobe assistant. Lourdes featured in an episode of “106 & Park – The Juice Crew”, and she appeared as herself in an episode of the TV series, “Entertainment Tonight” in 2014.
In 2017 she contributed to “A-Z of Music” featuring 26 artists, recorded live across many musical genres.
2018 saw Lourdes strutting her stuff on New York’s Fashion Week’s catwalk and in the short fashion video, “Gypsy Sport: Spring/Summer 2019 at NYFW”, as well as posing for Vogue Germany. The clothes, designed by Rio Uribe, incorporated natural shells, flowers etc. and some were made from repurposed materials.
In April 2019 Lourdes modeled a Jean Paul Gaultier collection, in October featured in the e-zine “HommeGirls”, and in November she showed off a Luar brand dress at the CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, and posed for Miu Miu’s Spring/Summer 2019 ad campaign flaunting styles reminiscent of the ‘60s.
Lourdes created waves in December 2019 when she performed at the Art Basel Fashion Show in Miami – the show by Desigual was entitled “Love Different”. About 30 models each danced on the runway with Lourdes performing the final dance, after which she kissed and undressed a female model, whilst the entire group undressed, creating a simulated orgy on the stage.
Lourdes’ modeling career is steadily climbing, and has seen her working for brand names such as Converse and Stella McCartney’s POP fragrance.
What is Lourdes Leon’s net worth?
Although Lourdes was born famous, she has certainly stepped out to make a name in her own right, and has kept busy with the many projects she’s involved in. Her mother, Madonna’s estimated net worth is over $800 million, and her father, Carlos is reported to have about $5 million worth of assets. It has been estimated that this young woman earns in excess of $100,000 yearly, and that her net worth is somewhere in the region of $5 million, as of early 2020.