Please don’t tell me that you haven’t seen today’s photograph before. Some of the photos that I have previously presented, in my series on famous photographs, do not make their way to less-than-stellar publications. But today’s photograph (or its variants) have been published by the cream of publication industry as well as by the bottom dwellers. Such was the beauty of Marilyn Monroe and, still, so is the charm of this celebrated photograph in which Monroe’s skirt is seen blown up.
This photograph was shot during the shooting of the movie The Seven Year Itch. The scene was shot in Lexington Avenue at 52nd Street in New York. Strong wafts of breeze would escape from the sidewalk grates whenever a subway car would pass underneath. Marilyn was to walk on the grates. The wafting breeze would billow her skirt up which she then would try to keep in position so as not to reveal her skin.
In New York the word got spread that Marilyn was shooting at the Lexington Avenue. As a result, thousands of people gathered there to watch her. Whenever her skirt would blow over her underwear -the crowd would give out a huge elated yell. Media photographs were all busy capturing every moment of this scene. There was lots of noise around because of crowd. The director threw the entire footage out of window because he could not use any shot due to continuous noise. He had to recreate the street in studio and take shots again. These studio shots were included in the movie —but in the movie Marilyn’s skirt never goes above her knees! The above iconic photograph was captured by Associated Press photographer Matty Zimmerman.
Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on 1 June 1926. She acted in several classic movies and went on to become the world’s most adored and recognized sex symbol.
Did you know?
- In her first film The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947), she did not appear on screen. She played a telephone operator and only her voice was used.
- The pleated dress worn in the above photograph was auction for $5.6 million.
- When playwright Arthur Miller married Monroe in 1956, the headline in Variety magazine read, “EGGHEAD WEDS HOURGLASS.”
- Monroe was consulting a psychoanalyst everyday during her last years.
- The measurements of Marilyn Monroe’s body were 37-23-36 (Studio’s Claim); 35-22-35 (Dressmaker’s Claim)
- Playboy magazine named Marilyn Monroe the Number One Sex Star of the 20th Century.
- Hugh Hefner (owner of Playboy) has purchased the burial vault next to Marilyn Monroe.
I believe that this photograph of Marilyn Monroe is not vulgar (is it?). A bit of nudity is not always vulgar (for example, famous photograph of Tennis Girl). It is purely sensual and beautiful. The best thing I like about this photo is the way Marilyn’s skirt has waves. The waves and plaits in skirt add to the elegance of this photograph. Another reason why this photo is so beautiful and classic is that Monroe has a very nonchalant expression on her face.
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