marilyn monroe fact

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Marilyn Monroe photographed by Gene Kornman (1953) /                         Marilyn Monroe photographed by a fan in NYC (1955)                                  

One of the most iconic faces of pop culture knew precise makeup techniques: Quoting Marilyn Monroe’s makeup artist, Allan Whitey Snyder: “Marilyn had makeup tricks that no one had or knew. Most of them she didn’t learn from me. She discovered it herself”. In fact, Marilyn did her own makeup for many occasions. Photographer Sam Shaw talked about one day while she was getting ready. “I asked her: ‘Marilyn, don’t you think that this makeup is a little too much?.’ 'Sam, you don’t understand’, she answered: ’This make-up is for my fans, those people waiting inside the movie houses, or outside on the street waiting in the crowd at an opening. They are the people the studios won’t let close to the theatre unless they pay to get in. When I arrive there I’ll turn to wave to them and they’ll see me and won’t be disappointed. My fans want me to be glamorous. I won’t disappoint them.’                                                                                                          

Skin: Marilyn liked her skin with a flawless finish, but yet glowy - you note in many picures that her cheeks, tip of the nose, and under brow area are glowing, she liked the effect that it gave, especially with the studio lights

Eyes: Marilyn expanded her eye crease by overdrawing it with brown eyeshadow. Her eyeliner was not too thin or huge, and it always gave the classic cat eye effect. She also drawn with brown pencil a line in the under eye area to fake a 'shadow’. She prefered individual fake lashes, applying them in a way to maintain the shape that she wanted for the eyes. She also arched her brows with eyebrow pencil.

Lips: By far, the most iconic part of Marilyn’s makeup are her lips. As you can see in her makeup free pictures, they were by far not as plump as they appeared to be. Marilyn always overdrawn her lips, (so did almost all the other female stars on that time period), but she had a especial trick - Marilyn used at least 4 different colors of red lipstick to create a 3D effect; the lighter shades on the center of her lips, and the darker ones on the edges. She applied vaseline to finalize the glossy and plump effect. Her beauty mark was not fake, in fact, you can slightly see it in the makeup free picture - but it’s not as noticeable because it was almost the same color of her skin, so she enhanced it with makeup.  

“One can never wakeup in the morning, wash the face and look like Marilyn Monroe. She knew every trick on the book to compose her look” Photographer (and Marilyn’s friend) Milton Greene

Marilyn Monroe + Pregnancies and her dream of being a mother

“The thing i want more than anything else? I want a baby! I want to have children! I used to feel that for every child i had, i would adopt another.” Marilyn Monroe for George Barris - “Her Life In Her Own Words” (1962)

She loved children and the children adored her, Marilyn talked about her dream of being a mother in many occasions, but sadly, her dream was never accomplished - Marilyn suffered with chronic endometriosis, endometriosis can have both social and psychological effects, causing pain and inability to have children. Marilyn took pills since a very young age to relieve her strong pain during her period, her professional contract even had her off work whilst on her period. When she married Arthur Miller in 1956, she wanted to start a family with him, and she tried: Marilyn suffered her first miscarriage in late August of 1956, whilst filming ‘The Prince and The Show Girl’, “my heart is broken’, she said to her half sister, Berniece.
Marilyn’s second miscarriage was in August 1957, when she had found out she was pregnant in July (Marilyn was pregnant of approximately 2 months on the famous pictures of her with that white bathing suit, taken by Sam Shaw, which are often used to spread the myth that she was plus size, when in reality she was pregnant). She suffered an ectopic pregnancy in august, and when she left the hospital, there was a lot of paparazzi and fans out of there, she stayed strong and kept a smile on her face.
Marilyn’s final known miscarriage was in 1958, Marilyn learned she was pregnant in late October, whilst filming Some Like It Hot; on December 16th she tragically miscarried again. You can see her baby bump on the pictures of this post

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Iconic Blondes: Jean Harlow

1. Jean was photographed nude at 17
2. Jean always wore a lucky anklet on her left leg
3. Jean reportedly had 2 abortions
4. Jean would put ice on her nipples before shooting a scene
5. Jean was the first actress to appear on TIME magazine

Quote: “Men like me because I don’t wear a brassiere”

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The filmaker Billy Wilder said that Marilyn was not the first option for Sugar, in fact, “Mitzi Gaynor was who we had in mind. The word came that Marilyn wanted the part and then we had to have Marilyn”. Even today, the rol played by her is still remembered and Some Like It Hot is considered one the best films of all time.

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Diana Dors - The British Blonde Bombshell and how she is wrongly labeled as ‘The British answer to Marilyn Monroe’

      If you search for ‘Diana Dors’, the first things that pop are news about 'the british answer to Marilyn Monroe’, while in reality, she was a popular English blonde bombshell way before Marilyn was famous.                                           In 1945, when Diana was only 14 years old, she lied about her age and started to study at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, becoming the college’s youngest ever student, (they only accepted people as from the age of 16). She soon became interested in pin up, dyed her hair a lighter shade of blonde and did many 'cheescake’ styled pictures for magazines, soon attracting the eyes of the postWW2 public. After many minor movie parts, her first big break came in 1949 with the english movie 'Diamond City’.                                       In 1950, Marilyn Monroe had a part in the movie 'The Asphalt Jungle’ - (the first of her career that was shown in England), while there was still a long way for her stardom, Diana’s popularity was raising fast in her country. In fact, in a english movie review of 'The Asphalt Jungle’ a columnist actually wrote: “How much like our Diana Dors she is.”                                                             From 1949 to 1952, Diana did 9 movies, including; comedies, dramas, film noirs and romances. Meanwhile in America, Marilyn’s career had the first big break in 'Niagara’ (1953). After many hits and a stablished career in England, Diana first arrived in Hollywood in 1956 after a contract offer from RKO Pictures - during her first press conference with american reporters, they asked her about the similarities between her and Marilyn Monroe, Diana talked about how she had a well known career in the mid 40s, even mentioned the 'Asphalt Jungle’ incident - they all went silence for a minute, apparently not believing in her words - and they didn’t, as she soon was promoted as a 'rival’, a ‘copycat’ and the 'british answer to Marilyn’.                                                         During her interview for Mike Wallace in november 1957, Wallace asked: 'Why do you resent being called the 'english’s answer to Marilyn Monroe’, last year you said to Loulella Parsons that you wanted to be called something other than the 'england’s Marilyn Monroe’, what’s wrong with being 'england’s Marilyn Monroe?’. Diana answered: 'Well, to start with, I think that there’s only one Marilyn Monroe, there could never be any other, and therefore I don’t want to sort of be a carbon copy of Marilyn, I want to be the England Diana Dors - which I am"      

The fact Marilyn Monroe had Neptune in Leo in 1st house explains her whole personality in front of people and on movies.

Neptune is the mirror that reflect whatever it sees, and the fact she had Neptune in Leo made her reflect the desires and dreams of men and their definition of their dream woman. Leo aims to please, is about romance and entertainment and with someone like her who suffered from severe low self esteem, the aim to please was strong. Men lived their fantasies through her illusion while she got drained and empty alone in her room and feeling terrible loneliness .

It really was tough for her

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Happy New Year! Thank you so much to all of my amazing followers- I can’t believe how quickly this blog has grown over the past year, and how much support I get from all of you. I just love hearing your feedback and getting your questions. And I can’t think of better way to kick off 2015 than with a FRIDAY FASHION FACT! How many of you couldn’t come up with something to wear on New Years Eve, and went with an old standby- the little black dress? It’s one of the most common and classic pieces of fashion, appropriate for nearly every occasion. So where did such an iconic dress come from?

Through the turn of the 20th Century, black was associated with mourning. The rare times when a woman would wear black outside of mourning were considered shocking and improper. However, during World War I and the Spanish Flu epidemic, mourning became so widespread and universal, that people had little choice but to abandon the traditional rules of mourning dress, and thus the color black began to be worn more commonly.

On October 1, 1926, Vogue printed a sketch of a simple black dress by Coco Chanel. The dress was dubbed, “Chanel’s Ford” in reference to Henry Ford’s famous line about the Model-T, “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.” The image was small, easily passed over by a casual reader. It was accompanied by this short paragraph:

“The Chanel ‘Ford’- the frock that all the world will wear- is model 817 of black crepe de chine. The bodice blouses slightly at the front and sides and has a tight bolero at the back. Especially chic is the arrangement of tiny tucks which cross in front. Imported by Saks Fifth Avenue.”

Though this was not the first simple black dress ever to appear in a fashion magazine, the following month Vogue Paris dubbed Chanel’s dress “the uniform of the modern woman.” However, while Chanel continued to promote the basic dress, it took quite a bit of time for the LBD to garner widespread praise. When the stock market crashed in 1929, people would escape to the movie houses where it was a common sight to see a starlet dressed in black, which photographed sharply in black and white films. Even with the rise of Technicolor, black remained common for stars, as the technology was still being perfected and colors would often distort. Department stores began to advertise the little black dress, using Chanel’s mantra that, “One is never over nor under-dressed in a little black dress.”

The versatile style would be seen on Hollywood bombshells and old-money socialites alike. When Audrey Hepburn donned her basic black Givenchy dress and pearls in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the little black dress officially secured it’s place in every woman’s wardrobe.

Want to learn more about the little black dress? Check out these books:

Little Black Dress, by Andre Leon Talley

Little Black Dress: Vintage Treasure, by Didier Ludot

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