Marilyn Monroe is perhaps the most iconic sex symbol in the world, let alone in America. She is frequently referenced as the epitome of womanly beauty and charm. With her platinum blonde locks, buxom and curvaceous figure, and enticingly innocent pout, she struck a nerve in the world of celebrity. Though she succumbed to a much too early death, the phenomenon that is Marilyn Monroe has and will continue to persist.
Although Marilyn Monroe was a true natural beauty, it has become somewhat common knowledge that she had masterful plastic surgery to enhance her already striking features. Impressively, Marilyn Monroe’s plastic surgery, performed well before plastic surgery became the Hollywood “norm,” appears to be among the best cosmetic surgery ever performed on a celebrity. Her post-surgery visage contains none of the horrific “fails” that plague celebrities today, like Joan Rivers, Kenny Rogers, and Wayne Newton.
Rumors existed during Monroe’s early years that she had surgically slimmed her nose, and, according to some sources, she admitted that had done so to some of her close inner circle of friends. The real evidence of her plastic surgery, and more specifically a chin implant, surfaced in 2013 when x-rays detailing the procedure. (No comment on whether anyone could have asserted HIPAA rights on Ms. Monroe’s behalf, to prevent the auction of her personal medical records.)
Always the icon
Irrespective of the fact that Marilyn Monroe, without a doubt, underwent plastic surgery on the tip of her nose, as well as on her chin, she will always remain the essence of beauty and womanhood. Ironically, Marilyn Monroe’s image has probably itself inspired thousands of women (and men!) to alter their own appearances to look more like Marilyn Monroe.
No plastic surgery required to emulate Marilyn (but it would be helpful in some circumstances)
One of the primary ways to transform oneself into a semblance of Marilyn Monroe is, of course, to die one’s hair a platinum blonde. Although she was not a natural blonde, and although she required no plastic surgery to become a blonde, she simply would not have “Marilyn” without the white locks.
The next step, which also needs no surgical procedure, is to apply makeup in the classic and vintage manner coined by Ms. Monroe. Thick red lipstick is a must. Be forewarned, however, because most people cannot wear makeup the way Marilyn Monroe wore it, or, at least, they cannot present the same innocent but sexy and compelling image. Instead, the same makeup on another person can look quite garish and off putting.
Accessorize the look with clothing similar to that found in Ms. Monroe’s wardrobe, including sparkly jewelry, high heeled shoes, frills, and Chanel No. 5.
Finally, get plastic surgery unless you have the same proportions as Marilyn Monroe, i.e., 37-23-37. That is as about as close to the stereotypical 36-24-36 as one can get, and I am not sure whether Marilyn Monroe had any plastic surgery to accomplish this close-to-perfect figure.
It matters not, however, whether she did or she didn’t. She’s “Marilyn,” through and through. And with or without plastic surgery, she always will be “Marilyn.”