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Marilyn Monroe: The Model, The Actress, The Fashionista- 50 Years Since Her Death

Posted on 5th August 2012 | Celebrity

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”― Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was an actress, an icon, a fashionista, a model, and a sex symbol. But if there's one thing she wasn't-- it was boring or ridiculous ! And she was certainly smarter than anyone gave her credit for. In fact, she was so "not ridiculous" that she could make grown men do whatever she wanted. She had a baseball player (her second husband), a playwright (her third husband) and the President of the United States (John F. Kennedy) falling all over her. But at the end of the day, the woman born Norma Jeane Baker wasn't happy and she died at the young age of 36.

At FashionTV, her song “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” is our anthem. It’s the song we wake up to in the morning and the song that keeps us going all day. Marilyn Monroe inspires us all in fashion and in life, even 50 years after her death. Today, August 5, 2012, FashionTV wants to remember the stunning Hollywood screen legend, that will go down in history as one of the most beautiful people of all time, for her best attributes--her stunning looks, perfect figure, sweet sing-song voice, famous movies, and powerful words.

Marilyn Monroe - The Model

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” - Marilyn Monroe

Some wonder if Marilyn Monroe would be considered a pop culture icon, had she still been alive today at 86 years old after having many children and eventually going into retirement. Publications like The Telegraph say it's doubtful. For she was immortalized in the beauty that became her in her ripe 20’s and 30’s and she passed away far too soon, still immersing herself in that beauty that was a part of the Marilyn Monroe we all remembered.

But it was her young teenage beauty that first caught the eyes of a photographer while she was working in a factory. At the time, Norma Jeane was just a small town girl with mouse brown hair. She took his advice and enlisted with a modeling agency, dying her brown locks to platinum blonde with Jean Harlow in mind.

While Marilyn Monroe suffered from stage fright during her Hollywood years, ironically she loved having her picture taken. She was in her element in front of a camera with someone behind the lense snapping away, even when the photos were nude. Monroe did pose for Playboy and Hugh Hefner is quoted as saying she is one of the reasons the magazine did so well from the beginning.

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle," Marilyn Monroe once said. She certainly did, in front of a camera.

Marilyn Monroe - The Actress

"Talk to me, Harry Winston, tell me all about it." - Marilyn Monroe

Here at FashionTV, we do believe diamonds are a girl's best friend. And it was Marilyn Monroe who taught us so, with her show-stopping rendition of the song in a pink strapless gown during the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Though her acting career only spanned a little more than a decade, many of Marilyn's flicks will go down in history as some of the most memorable movies of all time and it's because of her part in them. There's All About Eve, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot, The Misfits--the list goes on and on and on. In the 50s and 60s, she played along some of the best actors in the world including Laurence Olivier, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, and Clark Gable.

Marilyn Monroe was declared the 6th greatest actress of all time by the American Film Institute in 1999. Ironically, film historian Leonard Maltin says she was known for her image, not her acting chops--which she did have in films like Bus Stop or The Misfits. Ironically, it's not those roles she is remembered for, but the "dumb blondes" roles or the ones that are sugary sweet like singer Sugar Kane in Some Like It Hot.

Marilyn Monroe - The Fashionista

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” - Marilyn Monroe

Sure, Marilyn Monroe may be best known for her on screen costumes. There's the pink strapless gown from "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend," the white halter subway dress with an accordion pleat circle skirt from The Seven Year Itch, and

But there's also the Jean Louis with 4,000 rhinestones she wore to sing "Happy Birthday Mr. President" to President John F. Kennedy and the white form fitting body con gown in The Prince and The Showgirl.

While so many women were adhering to a conservative 50s and 60s wardrobe, Monroe was blossoming in her healthy form fitting "feminine ideal" which she furthered with elegance, sophistication, confidence and a proper stance.

Of course the help of her costume designer William Travilla didn't hurt either. The designer created her looks for 8 of her movies, including that infamous pink strapless gown in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. He also dressed her for movies like Monkey Business, Don't Bother To Knock, and Bus Stop. While Monroe loved herself a good Emilio Pucci dress (ironically, she was dressed in her favorite one at her own funeral), it was Travilla's designs that attracted her most. She once said Travilla a letter asking him to dress her forever.

Marilyn Monroe is a Hollywood actress, model, and fashion icon, whose star will never stop shining, despite her unexpected and early demise.  FashionTV plays tribute to the screen legend who came through the world with a purse of her lips and a gleam in her eye.



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