"Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in her sight, Madonna loves the little children of the world."
LONDON -- In an extended conversation with BBC Two's Kirsty Wark, her first British interview since her decision to adopt a one-year-old boy from Malawi, Madonna said the adoption is part of her plan to "raise a rainbow family."
"Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt don't have anything on me and Guy," she added.
Madonna, whose first attempt, in conjunction with former professional basketball player Dennis Rodman, to start a rainbow family failed, says she is trying again this time via adoption. She said she plans on using a Chinese restaurant menu approach to family planning, "taking one from Column A, one from Column B and one from Column C."
"And at least one will be Chinese," she said.
Madonna deflected widespread criticism of her decision to adopt a child with a known living father. "I prefer orphans with parents -- that way I get a better idea of what they will look like when they get bigger. With what I consider to be a small monetary payment, most Third World parents will gladly give up their first born. It's not a big deal. Most of them, just like me, know how to get more."
Some of her best child finds have come, not surprisingly, outside of major cathedrals and near religious shrines, the singer and actress said.
Madonna says that "her adoption process," which she regularly recommends to other Hollywood stars, is fast and efficient. She admits that "it doesn't hurt that in many countries they seem to think not that I am Madonna but The Madonna, so obviously they think I need to be carrying a small child."
But in rural parts of Malawi, where she and her husband, film-maker Guy Ritchie were granted an interim order by the country's High Court allowing them to adopt a 13-month-old boy, David Banda, this is not so.
"People there [Malawi] started to say my name and they had never heard of Madonna," the astounded 48-year-old singer told AP Television in an interview Tuesday. "And, in Chichewa, the word 'madonna' means 'distinguished white lady,' so I think they got very confused."
When asked how literally she is taking her pledge to build a rainbow family, Madonna said, "Very. The next two girls will be named Indigo and Violet, and the next boy, Roy G. Biv."
During the Newsnight interview which aired on Wednesday, Madonna also revealed her political colors. Asked who should be the next U.S. leader, she replied: "I wouldn't mind if Hillary Clinton was president. Hillary taught us that it takes a village to raise a child -- and I'm calling on all of Hollywood to help me raise my children. And I wouldn't mind adopting Chelsea, if she was a little younger. She's got to be the whitest child alive."
Madonna, who was born Madonna Louise Ciccone in Bay City, Michigan, and whose chameleon-like ability to adapt is amply demonstrated by her acquired British accent, says she is ideally suited to her rainbow family project -- and she already has made a good start having a daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, and a son, Rocco John Ritchie, by separate fathers of differing ethnicities.
The pop superstar, whose world tour was just completed, recently has written a new children's book, "Too Good to Be True," wants to direct a movie she "already has in mind," and has an NBC concert special set to air on Nov. 22, was asked if she would retire to focus on her children full time. She smilingly replied, "No. I love my job."
Copyright 2006, Douglas Salguod