Pictures of Madonna topless and in her underwear have surfaced on the internet, revealing the singer behind the scenes of a photoshoot for W magazine in March 2009.

In one of the pictures, Madonna stands semi-naked in front of a mirror, in another she sits on a sofa in a black g-string, legs akimbo.

The untouched images show Madonna looking fit and muscular, but are a more realistic depiction of a 50-year-old woman that the airbrushed pictures that were published in W a few months after the shoot.

Madonna W cover, March 2009
Madonna's W magazine cover, March 2009

When W printed the pictures, part of a 46-page spread of Madonna images, the pop queen was shown looking suspiciously wrinkle-free. The new version, leaked onto the internet, are testament to the power of retouching.

Meanwhile it has been revealed that Madonna’s ex-bodyguard smuggled guns into the UK, after buying them in the US and breaking them down into parts to be hidden in luggage.

A picture from the shoot
A picture from the shoot

Steven Greenoe, 37, a former Marine, is accused of bringing 81 guns into the country before being arrested at Raleigh Durham International Airport in July 2010 with 16 lethal weapons in his suitcase.

Madonna’s new movie W.E. is coming to London for the BFI London Film Festival, which begins next week.