“She was an epitome of sensuality, beauty and effervescence and was naturally photogenic.”(Leaming, 1998) explains how her beauty got her started on her career. She had intelligence, beauty, vulnerability, and sexiness. This continues to inspire fans to this very day, nearly 50 years after her death. With her butting success, Norma Jean decided to change her name to Marilyn Monroe. Her most motivating quality was her childhood pain and focus to become somethin... ... middle of paper ... ...t agree with Hollywood’s ways, as in her quote, “Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.” (Marilyn Monroe).
Marilyn Monroe was considered a popular sex symbol during the 50s. First having success as a model, and then actress, and singer, she was able to do it all in a talented way. She was able to overcome a difficult childhood without her parents, and eventually become the star she is known as today. In a short time Marilyn was able to live her life to the fullest, having the fame, and enough love affairs to last a century. However, she couldn’t completely get away from her past, getting involved with drugs, and having a mental breakdown.
Introducing the birth of “Marilyn Monroe”; she had innocence about her, but also the sexual prowess that caused quite a stir in 1950s Hollywood. This new look is what ended up putting her on the map to being a living legend. It took Marilyn a few years, of doing small bit parts in movies, but she worked hard and managed to get noticed by the public and the studios. During this time Playboy la... ... middle of paper ... ...ble suicide.” (Litman1996). She had obtained prescriptions for sleeping pills, and had taken enough pills to kill anyone, and had then started calling people to tell them she was in deep trouble.
People think her figure and beauty made her a popular icon and sex symbol in the 1950s. Monroe's status as a sex symbol has influenced many artists since her time, even though the beauty standard has been different since then. Many celebrities imitate Monroe not only because of marketing and media needs, but also because people today still “worship” the image of Monroe. However, to only examine this sexualized image, people would seldom find out that Monroe was a feminist in the mid 20th century. On the other hand, how does a woman who passed away at thirty-six years old, after starring in only a handful of movies, have such an impact on society, especially young women, in the 21st century?
When people talk about the name of Marilyn Monroe, a blonde beautiful sexy female's image will appear in people's minds. What has the beauty standard shown us through Marilyn Monroe in the mid-20th century? Besides the beauty what other things did she need in order for her to be famous at that time? Marilyn Monroe's status as a sex symbol has influenced many artists since her time, even though the beauty standard has been different since then. If we look at the celebrities today, we can find many imitators of Marilyn Monroe: Madonna, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and even Lady Gaga.
Marilyn Monroe was a Hollywood icon, maybe even a legend, but who was this luminous woman, and was the happy woman that everyone knew capable of killing herself? On June 1, 1926 a woman named Gladys Monroe Baker had a little girl named Norma Jeane. Gladys’ mental instability led to Norma Jeane being in and out of several foster homes where she was mentally, sexually and physically abused. Finally she moved in with her mothers friend Grace Goddard who was the one person who truly cared for and inspired Norma in her young life. Grace told Norma how beautiful she was and that someday she would be an actress.
Marilyn Monroe’s image uses her sexy appeal to show a powerful and independent woman in the 21st century. I will find the answer of how she has an impact on young women today to explore how some of the young celebrities today became successful. Despite the sex symbol Monroe has created for herself, she has many feminist characteristics, and perhaps she was not even aware of it. I am arguing that Monroe is a feminist because she is an independent, professional woman, she is courageous to express herself, and she is self-actualized. Banner, Lois.
Monroe never felt she belonged anywhere and she was sexually assaulted as a young girl (“Biography” 1). It can be inferred that Monroe’s feelings of abandonment and her negative encounters with men during her youth led to her desperate thirst for the spotlight and her modern sense of sexuality. Although she attended Van Nuys High School, sixteen year old Monroe dropped out to marry James Edward Daughtery, an aircraft production worker ... ... middle of paper ... ... sexuality, her confidence to speak her mind, and her desire for knowledge. Marilyn Monroe was a positive influence on women and men alike and is still relevant today. To understand Marilyn Monroe’s impact as America’s sex symbol one must know where she came from and what events shaped her, read critical reviews of her career as an actress, and she the impact she has had on women.
Marilyn left a legacy though, through many movies, and very public relationships, the nation got to see every side of her. Her beauty made her a goddess, but her faults made her human. Norma Jean Baker was born to Gladys Baker and an unknown father, in 1926 in Los Angeles, California (“Biography” 1). Not even two weeks after she was born she was put in a foster home when her mother was institutionalized because she was mentally ill, and consequently she couldn't take care of her daughter (Henriksen). Soon after going through numerous orphanages and foster homes she was adopted by Grace McKee, which was her mother’s best friend (Biography par.
Marilyn Monroe even after being dead for forty-eight years has been and will be one of the biggest public figures known. Her name is recognized everywhere, all know Marilyn Monroe, her images gives us thoughts of scandal, sadness, beauty, movies, and loss. She captivated the world with her sex appeal and innocence; she had that special chemistry that a camera always seemed to find and love. Her personality characteristics enabled her to become one of the most famous stars of Hollywood but the same traits also brought about her downfall. Norma Jean Mortenson/Baker or Marilyn Monroe as we know her, was born June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California.