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Marilyn Monroe’s Real Measurements - Dispelling The Myths 

Over the years I’ve always believed what everyone has said about her in casual conversation, never really questioning it. Naturally blonde, size 12-16, the list goes on. If you know her well, you probably know these stats aren’t true. For the rest of us, there’s this. 

This article blew away common myth and lays out some points about her that we all may have not known before. Here are some outlining facts below from the article. 

Her Real Measurements - Not A Size 12

"As a direct example of her size, the white dress she wore in The Seven Year Itch was recently auctioned off and was put on a mannequin that was a size 2.”

"So what size was Marilyn Monroe actually?  Luckily, many of her dresses, carefully preserved, are still around to measure off of.  Further, one of her dress makers also chimed in with exact measurements he took.  Those measurements were 5 ft. 5.5 inches tall; 35 inch bust; 22 inch waist (approximately 2-3 inches less than the average American woman in the 1950s and 12 inches less than average today); and 35 inch hips, with a bra size of 36D.  Her weight fluctuated a bit through her career, usually rising in times of depression and falling back to her normal thereafter, but her dressmaker listed her as 118 pounds and the Hollywood studios tended to list her between 115-120 lbs.”

"…according to BluFire Model Registry, models are generally in the vicinity of a 34 bust; 24 waist; and 34 hips, which is very close to Monroe’s measurements of 35-22-35.”

Her Hair

"Another Marilyn Monroe myth was that she was a blonde.  In fact, the actress famed for her platinum blond curls actually was a dark haired brunette.  She first dyed her hair blonde after being told that models with lighter colored hair were preferable, so bleached it to golden blonde and later adjusted this a total of nine times until she settled on platinum blonde.  As Monroe later stated, “There’s only one sort of natural blonde on earth – albinos.””

Her High I.Q. 

Monroe didn’t just have looks, but brains as well.  Her IQ came out at a full 33 points above the national average at the time when she was tested (at 163).”

Famous People With Various Cameras

Bradd Pitt with a Leica M3

Sean Connery with an SLR

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis with an SLR

Grace Kelly taking Frank Sinatra’s photo with a Hasselblad

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and a MF camera

Edward Norton and a Rolleiflex

Johnny Depp with a Polaroid

Heath Ledger with a Polaroid land camera

James Dean with a Rolleiflex

Paul McCartney self with a twin reflex camera

Michael Cera with a Horizon camera

James Franco with a Rolleiflex.

Madonna with a Canon g12

Angelina Jolie with a large format bellows camera

Michael Jackson with an SLR

Diane Kruger with a Pentax 67 Medium Format camera

Kate Moss with a Holga

Marilyn Monroe with Nikon Camera


The Anti-Photoshop Law of Arizona

The state of Arizona may be the first to put into effect a law that could change the way images are views. 

Oddly, I don’t mind this that much if it were to happen. 

"This image was photoshopped? It looks so beautiful I must find out who did it!"

At least it doesn’t BAN usage of images that have been photoshopped. It’s like receiving psuedo-credit. After all, most people now know everything has been photoshopped. The message would be annoying on every image at the bottom.

Almost as annoying as huge watermarks. 

An Arizona legislator has introduced a bill to make it illegal to run print ads in the state that have been Photoshopped, unless viewers are notified that the image has been altered.

The bill’s sponsor, state representative Katie Hobbs of Phoenix, told the Arizona Republic that she introduced the bill at the urging of the Maricopa County YWCA. The YWCA pushed for the bill out of its concern over the influence of media images on young women. The bill is reportedly modeled after similar laws in Britain.

Arizona House Bill 2739 specifies that “an advertiser shall not use postproduction techniques to alter or enhance printed media advertisements” that are displayed in the state, unless they carry a disclaimer.

The disclaimer proposed by the bill would have to say: “Postproduction techniques were made to alter the appearance in this advertisement.  When using this product, similar results may not be achieved.” Under the current language of the bill, the disclaimer would have to be “clearly and legibly stated in the advertisement.


Thank you to Eikona for sending this in!

Blasphemous Fashion: Nicki Minaj at the Grammys

When fashion meets trying too hard, you get Nicki Minaj and her entrance to the grammys. I wonder what the Pope has to say about it. 

I’m not offended, but I do know a lot of people are. It’s verging on Blasphemy without a single thing being said. 


Source: sent in by Anonymous user - thank you!

Bon Jovi Turns Photographer

When you think of celebrity photographer, you think of the complete opposite - a photographer shooting celebrities. 

Here we have megastar, Bon Jovi, shooting away with his apparent hobby. 

Happy days: Jon Bon Jovi strolls along the beach in St Barts taking photographs with his Canon digital SLR camera

This is paradise: The singer soaks up the view

He’s also a multitasker, getting in a little workout before continuing. 

Working up a sweat: The singer does push-ups on the bench

Keeping in shape: Bon Jovi isn't let his holidays affect his fitness regime

I guess he realized how heavy that darn L lens is after shooting it handheld for a while!

Here’s lookin at you, kid.

Gotcha! Bon Jovi saw the funny side of being photographed and snapped back

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