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Secretary Madonna, howzat!

London, Jan. 9: Madonna has played many roles in her long and lucrative career: virgin, pop star, actress, music mogul, sex symbol, fashion icon, yoga expert, feudal landlord, model-mother and tweeds-and-Wellington boots country wife.

But a secretary' Even in the most up-market and stylish office, you are unlikely ever to hear the instruction: 'Take a letter, Miss Ciccone.'

Secretarial chic, however, is the latest image that Madonna ' worth a conservative '227 million at last count ' has chosen to promote for the new Versace advertising campaign.

As might be expected, she is no ordinary secretary. The Versace clothes she wears in just three of the photographs add up to '7,000 ' not counting the watch ' which probably represents a few months' take-home pay for a secretary in a fairly senior position.

Madonna's fee, by all accounts, is a 'sizeable chunk' of the '10.6 million cost of the campaign ' which may ease her disappointment over the sluggish performance of her most recent album, American Life.

Donatella Versace said yesterday: 'She's the best in her field and she relates to women of all ages. She's got extraordinary personal style and has been a friend of mine and the house for many years.'

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