Standing in line at the supermarket counter yesterday I was confronted by yet another magazine cover parading a movie star dressed like Marilyn Monroe. I didn’t care enough to note which magazine it was because I was so turned off by the cover. The star was wearing THE dress from the now infamous “The Seven Year Itch” film, re-designed in peach tones with the blonde, stylized hair to boot. I mean is there anyone left who doesn’t know who made that style famous? I didn’t think so lol.
I have no deep hate of Marilyn Monroe but I do take umbrage with her icon status. Why exactly is she famous? I have watched enough of her movies to say that it was definitely not for her acting or singing ability. Although, I was fascinated and a little horrified to find out that she won a Golden Globe (like ever) for her performance in “Some Like It Hot”. All I can say is that she played the dumb blonde to perfection.
I may be in the minority but frankly her breathy, child-like moronic patter is sure to make me turn the channel. And yes, I know she’s yummy to look at, like an overripe fruit just about to burst from the confines of her dress, but so was Mae West and Jayne Mansfield, yet the media has pretty much let them die quietly away. If proportions are the requirement either one if them could have given Marilyn a run for her money.
So, what is it? Could it be her affair with our beloved President Kennedy? Admittedly, there are tons of consorts throughout history who by merit of their association with powerful men, their riveting beauty, devastating charm and intelligence will always shine in our memory. However, I would not put Marilyn in that category. She was so one dimensional that it’s almost laughable. Her life is more to be pitied when you take into consideration her childhood, relationships and issues with drug use. One can argue that her public persona was driven by cultural norms and expectations at the time but times have changed. So, why in the 21st century are we still holding her up as some type of sex goddess worthy of emulation?
Which leads me to ponder what makes one an icon? Should it only be based, as it clearly is in some cases, on one’s attractiveness? Box office success? Talent? We can’t rely on what’s popular to create our icons because their standards are rather low. I’m just saying….
It peeves me that some moron is sitting behind a desk somewhere thinking that a modern woman would wish to idealize a woman of the 50’s. A decade that historically speaking was rife with caricatures of womanhood as they were still very much at the mercy of a patriarchal system. There are plenty of women I wish to emulate but Marilyn isn’t one of them. Hmmm, maybe Pam Grier, Linda Carter or Lucy Lawless would work for me. Strictly from an attractive, sexy, woman of strength persona.
I suppose this is why I am not a magazine editor because heads would roll once they came prancing in with the same old, re-packaged crap. It definitely doesn’t represent out of the box thinking.
I know! They must’ve been blinded by all those curvessssssss lol.
P.S. – Would you believe that THE dress sold at auction for 4.6 million dollars? If Snooky becomes an icon I am going in search of a gun.