STYLE STAR: MARILYN MONROE
In honour of the blonde bombshell’s birthday this week (1 June), let’s look at 5 things Marilyn taught us about beauty, style and life:
1. FLAWS MAKE YOU UNIQUE
The starlet grew up in old-school Hollywood, a place where ‘they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and 50 cents for your soul,’ she said. However, by having a good head on her shoulders, she advocated that who you are as a person means so much more than what you look like. Sure, she was beautiful, but what made her stand out was her ability to embrace her flaws. She radiated confidence and loved her body exactly as it was.
No one will ever forget the famous image of her holding her dress while standing over a subway grate; it shows silliness combined with grace, and just proves that being yourself is always fun.
2. CURVES ARE SEXY
Women were once restrained to corsets during an era where the ‘boyish’ look was considered appealing. Marilyn broke the mould of femininity with her ample cleavage and voluptuous bum, and happily wore tight-fitting outfits to show off her hourglass figure. I’ll admit sometimes I just want to look like skinny Cara Delevingne, but having natural curves and being able to enhance them with a healthy lifestyle is SO much better I urge you ladies to follow Miss Monroe’s lead and be proud of your body, whatever shape or size it may be.
3. RED LIPS AND BLACK LINER NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE
Marilyn’s signature beauty look of red lips and black liner is still considered one of the most iconic make-up trends today. So much so, that Dolce & Gabbana brought out a Marilyn-inspired cosmetics line featuring the sultry Scarlett Johansson. When worn individually, red lips and a slick of winged black liner are sure to turn heads; but when paired together, they ooze vintage glamour.
4. HIGH HEELS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND
The smart actress once said, ‘I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot,’ and I couldn’t agree more. Thanks to Queen Catherine de’ Medici, who is said to have first worn high heels for her wedding in 1533, we can now magically adjust our height with heels. Marilyn adored her heels so much that she would even wear them while tanning by the pool or playing a baseball game. Now that’s what I call dedication! 😉
5. HAPPINESS IS PRETTY
Marilyn had a tough life: she was born to a mentally unstable mother, forcing her to go into foster care, which included sexual abuse by one of her foster fathers. She got married at age 16 to her neighbour to avoid having to return to an orphanage. With her fame came many scandals involving relationships with famous men and drug abuse. Through it all, Marilyn braved the public and smiled like her life depended on it. In her own words, ‘She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important.’
Look for things to smile about today: it could be a special person you are grateful to have in your life or simply the fact that you are alive and healthy. Make a conscious effort to choose happiness over sadness, and gratitude over regret.
A final gem from the legend, ‘We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.’
Now go out there and SHINE like the star you are
The Fashion Fox