The Icon vs. The Woman By: Natasha and Lydia
Marilyn Monroe the Woman Behind the Image
The iconic image of the bombshell in a white dress perhaps one of the most well known images of Marilyn.
This picture strips away the glitz and glamour to reveal the woman who lies behind the icon.
This is an image of a young Marilyn just getting her start before she was caught into the trappings of fame
Impact on Modern Society
Impact on the 50s
Marilyn Monroe had several impacts on the fifties, but one of the ways she mainly impacted society was her story of success. She had a rough childhood, so it took a lot for her to become who everyone knows her as today. One of the ways she got started was being on the front of Yank magazine, a magazine provided by the military during World War II. This picture showed her as one of the many women helping in the war effort. She was seen as a symbol of beauty and a changing decade. After starting out as a model, she went on to become a actress and singer as well. She was in about thirty movies. Her drive for success lead her to be a very independent woman. She became known as a woman who was not afraid to say no to a man who didn't agree with her and was married and divorced several times. After a while she decided to start working hard to combat the image the media had of her as a “dumb blonde”. This required a lot of effort for her because of the way she was portrayed in her movies. However she never gave up. She started taking night time college classes while managing her normal lifestyle. Despite all her effort, it’s not sure whether all of the effort she put towards her goal ever changed people’s perspective of her, but she was definitely seen, even to this day as a symbol of beauty, grace, and even hope.
People Who Influenced Her
There were several people throughout Marilyn’s life that had huge impacts on her. For instance, at a young age she was married to Jim Dougherty, who later went off to fight in World War II. This inspired Marilyn to join in the war effort and help in a warehouse, where she would later be photographed as one of the women influencing the war. Marilyn later divorced Jim, but he was a big influence on her life because in a way he gave her a start to her career. She was known as a woman who wasn’t afraid to turn men down and she first got this reputation when she turned down the proposal of Johnny Hyde, a very wealthy man, in order to focus on her career. During a time when her career was at a high, she married Joe DiMaggio who she also divorced nine months later when they both agreed she needed to focus on her career. One of the impacts on her life was President Kennedy. She adored him and eventually had an affair with him. It is even rumored that she ended up committing suicide over him. As you can see, even though Marilyn was a very independent woman, there were several people throughout her lifetime who influenced her.
I am not a victim of emotional conflicts. I am human.
I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.
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