On the surface, Marilyn Monroe was a famous actress , comedienne, singer, and model. But just beneath this perfect veneer of fame she was an enigma: a talented yet relentlessly unhappy woman who was seeking approval and true love. She tried to find it in her work, in her multiple marriages, and eventually in illicit substances. One thing that never changed in her lifetime? She was a star, through and through.
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Actress, December 1953 Playmate
Nowadays, it is really hard to discern something natural and real from the edited, altered and photoshopped. It has been speculated that the famous actress did have some plastic surgery performed on her chin and possibly her nose, despite popular belief. Either way, every talk of her photos stirs up controversy and much attention to this day, proving that some stars shine bright even long after they are gone. As difficult as it may seem to fathom, regarding the modern trends, sex used to be considered quite a taboo subject in Los Angeles. When Monroe met the photographer responsible for the iconic pictures, Tom Kelley , she was reportedly late with her rent payments and had her car in repossession. May 27, , two hours session with the photographer Tom Kelley and one of the most important images of modern culture were made. The stunning Marilyn Monroe nudes would also be featured on the premier issue of Playboy, which launched the franchise to worldwide success. The stellar career of the beautiful actress was born, and the rest is history. She vigorously played the dumb-blonde stereotype in her movie roles, but there is nothing at all dumb about Marilyn Monroe. Born to a single mother who suffered from severe mental illness, the odds were stacked against the girl originally named Norma Jeane from the very beginning.
2. She didn’t have a stable family life
That was also the same year the blonde bombshell starred in a hit trio of films Niagara , Gentlemen Prefer Blonds and How to Marry a Millionaire that helped to define and cement her career as a silver screen legend. The camera loved her back when she was Norma Jean Mortensen. Each of her photos captured her true essence; a natural coquettish sexuality and vulnerability. Marilyn Monroe was also synonymous with the feminine image that Playboy creator and founder Hugh Hefner needed to launch his new publishing vision— the lovechild of Esquire Magazine and The Kinsey Report. Not men, not money, not love but the ability to act. Only a laughing and luminous Marilyn could create an iconic pop culture moment, by simply wearing a white dress and standing on top of a subway grate for the film The Seven Year Itch. When that New York City subway vent blast sends her white dress to the heavens, it simultaneously catapulted her career into legendary sex symbol territory. Her professional life was surrounded by myth and legend, but her personal life had a gritty realness. She survived life as an orphan and grew up in and out of foster care.
Before Kim Kardashian , Kendall Jenner , Bella Hadid , and literally every other celebrity in were freeing their nipples, the women of Old Hollywood had it covered. Or rather, uncovered. As we all know, nipples are nothing to be ashamed of and everyone has them, so all the high fives to these throwback stars—from Marilyn Monroe to Rita Hayworth. This particular image was taken in —again, a pretty conservative time. British singer Marianne Faithfull freed the nipple in a lovely floral blouse that we can definitely see the likes of Gigi and Bella wearing circa right now. The was Marilyn's final shoot before her death, and is called The Last Sitting as a result. Photographer Bert Stern got the actress to agree to pose nude, using props and accessories instead of clothes. Not even Kim Kardashian has worn a dress this sheer. The s were truly the coolest decade.