It is so often I see people asking “why do people see Marilyn Monroe as a role model?”. This isn’t usually put in such an unrhetorical tone as how I have put it, however for the point of this post, I will try my best not to come across as agressive as those who make disgusting posts about someone they know little about. So, if you want to know… Really want to know, here are SOME reasons why “girls” (and men believe it or not!) look up to Marilyn Monroe:
- Marilyn was incredibly hard working and despite popular belief that she slept her way to fame, she never got her first leading role until 1952 for Don’t Bother To Knock. That’s six years after she appeared in a scene for Dangerous Years (credited role).Therefore showing that she didn’t get fmous over night. Even in 1962 she was being paid ten times less than Elizabeth Taylor. This shows Marilyn was dedicated to her art and didn’t do it for money as she justed wanted “to be wonderful” (Marilyn Monroe to Pete Martin, 1956)
- As Marilyn never completed school she always tried her best to compensate for her lack of education. By this she spent a large amount of time reading books (with a personal library of 400) and conversing with people such as Carl Sandburg (poet).
- Marilyn grew up in various foster homes and was for a short period of time looked after by her mother who became mentally ill (due to exhaustion and terrible mood swings doctor’s put Gladys on medication which, back in those days, was not suitable and caused more problems). She was sexually assulted as a child which scarred her for life and yet she still became the world’s biggest sex symbol.
- Marilyn would not allow herself to be bribed by men who offered her success or money, she simply would socialise as much as possible to help her progress into the movie industry.
- Marilyn was incredibly generous and gave large sums of money of various charities.
- Marilyn believed in equal rights, when in the 1950s and 1960s was still undergoing dramatic changes.
- Despite her first husband Jim forbidding her to work as a model in the 1940s, Marilyn persisted putting her on such a huge amount of magazine covers, it was hard to find herself work.
- She never married or dated a man she didn’t care for. Marilyn married for love, not fame or money.
- She walked out on her studio to become one of the first women to open her own production company.
So why do us Marilyn fans look up to Marilyn? Because she was a little girl who grew up wishing the world would love her and she made it happen. She worked for it. She attended classes, read books, listended to people (probably a little too much) and would do anything to make someone happy.
Marilyn was very much like you or I. Just a person who had ambition, determination and strength to overcome pain, anxiety and sadness. Sadly, due to poor doctoring and guidance, Marilyn would never realise this.
We love Marilyn because she was a brilliant actress. If you watch things like The Misfits, Niagara, Don’t Bother To Knock and compare it to the likes of How To Marry A Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Seven Year Itch, you will realise the varied roles she played.
Marilyn Monroe worked hard without anyones help. She paid for her lessons in acting and tried and tried and tried again. This was no woman who became famous in a day. This was a woman who makes people realise that you can go from nothing and become the biggest star in the world. But Marilyn also taught us lessons in who to trust and not to be so self conscious.
So overall we see Marilyn as a role model because she is one. We empathise with her and we adore her.
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Milton Greene. 
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October 6th 1954: Marilyn Monroe and her attorney Jerry Giesler at a press conference announcing Marilyn’s divorce from Joe DiMaggio.
March 24th 1955: Marilyn Monroe attends the premiere of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
September 12th 1954: Marilyn Monroe dining with Joe DiMaggio at the El Morocco nightclub in Manhattan.
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Marilyn Monroe photographed by Milton Greene, 1955.
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