Marilyn – Pin Up vs Portrait

This weekend was the 50th anniversary of Marilyn’s death.

I wanted to do a “10 favourite images” but a) I couldn’t narrow it down to 10 and b) there seemed such a distinction between the pin up shots and the portrait shots, I thought I’d make a point of it.

So which do you prefer – the pin-up or portraits?

From Pin Up

Marilyn Monroe, Milk and Eggs in bed, Playboy

Photo: Andre de DienesYoung pin up Marilyn in a towel and tan lines

Playboy 1953Marilyn Monroe, suspenders, milton greene

Photo: Milton GreeneMarilyn Monroe in a slip, looking out window

Photo: Sam ShawMarilyn Monroe, pin up, in a towel

Marilyn Monroe, black cardigan coat, Milton GreenePhoto: Milton Greene

To Portrait

Marilyn Monroe, glamours, strapless dress
Marilyn Monroe, Turquoise pantsuit, Milton Greene

Photo: Milton GreeneMarilyn Monroe, White tulle skirt, Milton Greene

Photo: Milton GreeneMarilyn Monroe, Corbis, 1952

Photo: Hulton Deutsche CollectionMarilyn Monroe, Chanel No 5, floral wallpaper

Photo: Michael Ochs ArchiveMarilyn Monroe, peasant outfit, Milton Greene

Photo: Milton GreeneMarilyn Monroe, side portrait

Photo: Eve Arnold

How can anyone make sexiness seem so vulnerable and vulnerability so sexy? Only Marilyn……..

The legend lives on..

4 comments

  1. sophie king

    They are all stunning pictures. She is just the epitome of glamour and femininity.
    As I write this, I see modern-day girls wearing their tracksuits walking past my window and they just don’t compare to Marilyn and other glamorous pin-up girls of the past.

    • I know what you mean. Whilst it’s great that we live in a world where no one would bat an eye if you wandered around in your PJs – I do think we’ve lost a certain something along the way. Cx

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