The embodiment of glamour. Cultural icon. Sex symbol. Femme fatale. In a word – Marilyn Monroe. A woman who has been remembered by many a man, woman or designer. He is an example to many people even today. Who was she and where did she herself get her inspiration from?

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Marilyn Monroe’s career

She began her career in the mid-1940s in a matter of months, becoming the face of the covers of more than thirty magazines. She soon became a Hollywood star. Her real name was Nora Jeane. At the age of 18, she was discovered by a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit.

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Against the trends

The postwar period spawned a demand for beauty among women. Recovering lost femininity during the war. Monroe, however, was a nonconformist. She exuded her femininity and eroticism. As film critic Maurielle Joudet admitted, “She wasn’t wearing a bra, she wasn’t wearing a corset. She worked to create a whole new body image in the 1950s.”

She broke all the trends of the 1950s by representing women in their diversity and giving them the power to be whoever they want to be. At the same time, she used fashion to create her film image. She gave herself the look of a platinum blonde, medium-length hair, false eyelashes, red lipstick and a pepper at the corner of her mouth.

Marilyn Monroe – in search of love

You can’t become a fashion icon without embracing your own style. Marilyn Monroe wanted to inspire with her innovation. Abandoning the rigid framework of 1950s fashion, she created her own style, which became an inspiration for other women. She famously answered the question of Georges Belmont, editor-in-chief of “Marie Claire France” – “What do you wear at night?”, “Chanel No. 5.”

Usually it is famous fashion designers who dress celebrities. In the case of Marillyn Monroe, she was their inspiration. Christian Dior succumbed to her charms by customizing creations for her fantasies.

Married three times, she had many affairs, including the most famous, with US President Kennedy. However, she never experienced the love she always dreamed of.

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Sexiest woman of the century

She loved to inspire awe with her eroticism. Extravagant outfits highlighting her sex a pil such as the famous white dress lifted by the wind, or the ultra-tight dress worn on the occasion of JFK.

“It takes time to become Marillyn,” she used to say. She left nothing to chance. Charming, sensual, although not a Gentle Woman in the strict sense of the word, she marked fashion with her personality, unique with an unparalleled aura. Casual and elegant in a plain white button-down shirt and blue jeans.

In 1990, ‘Playboy’ magazine named her the sexiest woman of the century.

Marilyn Monroe star
Photo: Marilyn Monroe

A visionary in women’s fashion

Monroe was undoubtedly the queen of evening dresses. Image of a nonchalant, sexy and distinctive in every way movie star. She was able to inject a large dose of glamour into her style, an unprecedented, rare gift that everything she put on was striking even for the most banal styles. Dressed in a simple turtleneck sweater and white pants, she made fashion history. She had the uncommon, rare gift that everything she put on was striking and inspiring. William Travilla, costume designer for Hollywood studio Twentieth Century Fox admitted in 1954: “Marillyn has the most fantastically perfect figure in the world. No matter how you dress her, she looks sexy.”

She wore Ferragamo pumps, her favorite cobbler. Louis Vitton bags, Lanvin, Dior and Emilio Pucci creations.

She created timeless creations and unforgettable styles, and this freedom to dress according to her inner desires made her a visionary of women’s fashion forever. She owned very little jewelry of her own. For clothing, she borrowed diamonds from jewelers and then returned them.


When she died in 1962, Andy Warhol dedicated his diptych “Marillyn” to her.

She changed the concept of fashion and femininity. Her pin up style has become legendary. Proud of her curves, she often posed in a high-waisted bathing suit, sparking the imagination of the men raving about her. She became an ambassador for stilettos. She loved high heels, which she often wore with evening gowns, pants and even swimsuits.

She represented the canon regardless of the circumstances. She was the embodiment of sex as well as femininity, while maintaining a shy and innocent face.


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