Norma Jeane Mortenson may have made her fortune by playing the dumb blonde, but her sex appeal wasn’t the only factor that dubbed her one of the most influential women in modern history. Having once said, “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring,” she chose to play this role to defy the norms. In a time when women were conservative in their attire and sexuality, Marilyn owned up to her curves, celebrating her body shape rather than letting people shame her for being “too sexy.” Truly a significant cultural figure, she dominated the film industry and won the female World Film Favorite title at the Golden Globes.
Other than her memorable performances in “Niagara”, “Some Like It Hot” and “The Prince and the Showgirl”, Marilyn was distinguished for her personal style. Although it was her wardrobe in films that she is best remembered for, such as her famous white pleated halter dress from “The Seven Year Itch”, her movie costumes were a reflection of her everyday style choices. On and off the screen, Hello! Magazine reveals that she exuded the pin-up vibe, wearing sexy one-piece swimsuits or heels and short shorts to baseball games. She had an eye for design and trends, showcasing bags and dresses from designers pre-worldwide success, and sporting body conscious silhouettes before anyone even coined the term “bodycon.” And of course, who can forget her influence in beauty, with her hair always looking fresh from the rollers and her lips perfectly painted with red lipstick.
Time and time again, celebrities have paid tribute to Marilyn Monroe by recreating her iconic looks, as shown on Cosmopolitan. From costumes both for Halloween and television series, to photo shoots and music videos, Hollywood stars have channeled the legendary blonde at some point in their careers. One of the earliest tributes to the 1950s bombshell was Madonna’s music video for “Material Girl”, in which she mirrored Marilyn’s performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in the 1953 film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”
And from the newest crop of famous names is Dove Cameron, a young singer moving on from her Disney stardom and finding her footing in the music industry. Previously part of a pop duo called The Girl and the Dreamcatcher, according to a past interview with Teen Vogue’s Claudia Sulewski shown on The Scene , is revamping her musical image with the help of Marilyn Monroe. Wearing her hair in the iconic sultry waves, Galore styled Dove like the celebrated sex symbol in her heyday, although critics were quick to judge, saying that Dove was “no Marilyn.”
If you had to pick one celebrity who best emulates Marilyn, who would it be?