Why Marilyn-Themed Photo Shoots Miss the Mark

Every few months, it seems like some new starlet tries to channel Marilyn Monroe by dressing up like her and acting sexy for the camera. There’s no doubt that Marilyn worked really hard to develop a sex-symbol persona, and it makes sense that people would associate her with sex, but these photo shoots miss the mark. There was more to Marilyn than a girl with bleached-blond hair and pouty lips. She was a vulnerable and insecure woman as well, a side that we very rarely get to see. A side that’s completely tossed away when girls such as Lindsay Lohan and Courtney Stodden pose as her in borderline vulgar photo shoots. Marilyn may have been a sex symbol, but she was not vulgar. Her timeless appeal was rooted in mystery and glamour, not sleaze. In honor of Marilyn Monroe and who she really was behind the larger-than-life persona, we’ve gathered eighteen photos of the famous blonde looking less like a sexpot and more like the multifaceted woman she was. After all, what’s sexier than an imperfect woman with insecurities and fears like every other human being on the planet? In my opinion, that’s sexier than the most iconic photos of Ms. Monroe.  Here’s to Marilyn Monroe, Norma Jean, and everything she was in between.
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“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "thewideeyedlegless.typepad.com":http://thewideeyedlegless.typepad.com/blog/2011/07/nautical-norma-jean.html

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“If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "grrrakel.tumblr.com":http://bit.ly/zUFZzE

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“I restore myself when I’m alone.” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "www.time.com":http://ti.me/xI7ycK

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“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "dailymail.co.uk":http://bit.ly/cHZUJo

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“I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "dailymail.co.uk":http://bit.ly/cHZUJo

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“Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt, and bewildered.” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "dailymail.co.uk":http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2097537/Marilyn-Monroe-pictures-effortless-glamour-hidden-drawer-50-YEARS.html

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“All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they are not all the same.” —Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "4.bp.blogspot.com":http://bit.ly/wu7NdY

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“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "dailymail.co.uk":http://bit.ly/cHZUJo

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“I read poetry to save time.” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "forum.arabia4serv.com":http://forum.arabia4serv.com/t72280.html

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“I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” ― Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "zumaworld.blogspot.com":http://bit.ly/fshhsj

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“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "luxuriousvulgarity.tumblr.com":http://luxuriousvulgarity.tumblr.com/post/446643251/24freedinners-suicideblonde-marilyn-monroe-and

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“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "thewideeyedlegless.typepad.com":http://thewideeyedlegless.typepad.com/blog/2011/07/nautical-norma-jean.html

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“I don’t want to make money; I just want to be wonderful.” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "blackvinylmagazine.com":http://www.blackvinylmagazine.com/rare-marilyn-monroe-photographs.html

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“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "time.com":http://ti.me/AcW0dB

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“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "villainouslyvintage.wordpress.com":http://bit.ly/zwxEDv

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“I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am pretty, but not beautiful. I have friends, but I am not the peacemaker. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.” —Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "knitcole.com":http://www.knitcole.com/.a/6a013482cc1d80970c014e608c397e970c-320wi

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“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them anyways.” ―Marilyn Monroe Photo source: "blackvinylmagazine.com":http://bit.ly/xtrrkr

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