seven year itch dress

Media, drawn in PS.

[Caption: A realistic digital painting of Media from American Gods. Portrait is from the chest up. Media is dressed as Marilyn Monroe from The Seven Year Itch. She’s wearing an ivory satin cocktail dress with bare shoulders. Her curly hair is platinum blonde. She has red lipstick and enamel earrings in the shape of a yellow smiley face with hearts for eyes. The background is soft champagne-apricot.]


Marilyn Monroe was not BONE-skinny. As a child, she lived in an orphanage and had 11 sets of foster parents, after her mother was institutionalized. She also spent almost a year in the Children’s Aid Society Orphanage in Los Angeles. She tried to have children, however, she suffered both an ectopic pregnancy and a miscarriage. Her ex-husband wrote ’After the Fall’; a thinly veiled portrayal of his marriage to her. She found it difficult to learn lines, and took 60 takes to deliver the line “It’s me, Sugar”, in “Some Like it Hot.” She had a stutter. Her death was ruled to be a suicide. The final years of her life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for unreliability and being difficult to work with.


Her IQ was estimated to be 168 which made her a genius. For 20 years after her death, Joe DiMaggio arranged to have roses sent to her crypt three times a week. She was an avid reader and could give the general idea for a book only having read 10 pages. The number of suicides in New York a week after her death hit a record high of 12 in one day. One suicide victim left a note saying, “If the most wonderful, beautiful thing in the world has nothing to live for, then neither must I.” In 2009, TV Guide Network named her No. 1 in Film’s Sexiest Women of All Time. She was one of the first women to own her own production company. She was an excellent cook. She sang “Happy Birthday” to to President Kennedy. Her dress was sold in 1999 for $128,000. Her billowing white “Seven Year Itch” dress was put up for sale by Debbie Reynolds in 2011, where it made $4.3 million. She changed her religion for her husband. She helped change the course of Ella Fitzgerald’s career by personally calling the owner of the popular Hollywood nightclub.

You might not be BONE-skinny, you might not be mentally stable, you might have a horrible home life, you might not have the best confidence in yourself, and so many other things but…that doesn’t mean you can’t be great.