In honor of what would have been Ms. Monroe’s 90th birthday, the following is a list that proves once again, that celebs are just like us! Meaning… every girl goes through a “Marilyn stage” Lucky enough for the women below, they have the money and glam squad to fulfill us normal girls fantasy of transforming into one of the most legendary bombshells of all time. I’ll let you decided who crushes it and who does not. Kinda.
Britney Spears circa 2001
I vaguely remember seeing this photo 15 years ago (yikes). Is it just me or does Brit totally nail Marilyn’s expression?
Lana Del Rey 2012
Lana Del Rey 2012 (part deux)
Clearly we know when Lana’s Marilyn stage was. Lana pulled inspo from Monroe in her Blue Jeans and National Anthem videos. To be fair, Elvis is her daddy and Marilyn’s her mother. Also, you should click and watch both videos. Bc I said so, that’s why.
Madonna (ugh) 1984
I mean this isn’t just inspiration, it’s a total ripoff. Don’t worry, I haven’t provided a link.
Kim Kardashian West 2015
Kim HAD to squeeze in a Marilyn photo shoot while she had the bleach blonde hair. It was like, her civic duty.
Mariah Carey 1998
Mariah recreated Marilyn’s famous USO performance in her I Still Believe video. Which reminds me, that’s a great effing song that I need to download asap. Also, not Madonna so not a ripoff.
Anna Nicole Smith 1993
Anna spoke very publicly about feeling a spiritual connection with Monroe. Hef has even talked about similarities. Anna channeled her inner Marilyn as she accepted her Playmate of the year award.
Sarah Jessica Parker 2005
This is a lovely photo of SJP, but it’s one that shouldn’t have ever been touched. The “ballerina” photos of Marilyn are, in my opinion, a national treasure.
Lindsay Lohan 2008
What comes to my mind when I see this? Oh paaahlease. Let’s try a little harder, Linds. This is annoying me now as I type this and it annoyed me then when I saw it. This was LiLo’s, I-Only-Did-Coke-Three-Times phase, was it not? Let’s move on.
Scarlett Johansson 2010
I see what’s happening here and I don’t like it. I love how the photo of Marilyn is candid and an everyday moment for a woman. Scarlett is all vampy and sexed up in this campaign for Dolce & Gabbana. Marilyn didn’t need to act like a bombshell all the time, she just was.
So, they say imitation is the highest, most sincere form of flattery. Go to any costume party on Halloween and tell me how many Marilyns (male and female) you see. I honestly hope people continue to imitate and recreate her, because now and for the past 50 years, she only lives in photographs. Happy birthday, Norma Jean.
Until Next Time!