My last entry was all about lipstick, and I talked about red lips, which led to thoughts about Marilyn Monroe, who was known for her blood red pout. That got me thinking about jewellery, of course, and all things sparkly because it’s hard to think about Marilyn and not think about diamonds. Her iconic rendition of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, first debuted in the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, far outshone Jane Russell’s version, which—sadly for Ms. Russell—was in the same film.
(Should I talk about how, being a brunette, I always resented the title of that film? Hmm… okay, maybe not.)
It was Marilyn’s death anniversary last August 2012. Her 50th Death Anniversary was celebrated on August 5th. When I think about her death, I think of two things. First, that I am still amazed and inspired by the story of how Joe DiMaggio set up a bank account that would assure her grave would have fresh flowers everyday. Second, that there will never be another sex symbol quite like her. The hair, the body, that face! It’s no wonder that she was the very FIRST Playboy cover girl! She graced the maiden issue of the magazine in December 1953.
As far as actresses and Hollywood icons go, Marilyn wouldn’t be my first choice, and apart from being amused by her being able to popularise a song that excuses women’s love for shiny pieces of compacted carbon, I was never really interested in her life. It wasn’t until this past trip to Paris when I visited an apartment of a friend’s aunt did I get a HUGE dose of Marilyn-culture.
I won’t even try to begin. There’s too much to say, and I don’t know if I can say it right. But I will say that in her own unique way, she is well worth idolising. If you have free time, read a little about Marilyn. In a way no one else could have been, she was fabulous!
“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” – Marilyn Monroe