Wednesday, June 17, 2009

do you honestly expect me to believe it could ever be the same?

Today I started painting a picture of Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn Monroe is one of my favorite people of all time. I have considered naming a child Monroe...if I ever have the opportunity to name a child.

I decided I should start a celebrity of the day blog since these are rather shallow when I focus on a person, but I won't do it too often. And this one has a little more substance.
I can't tell you exactly why I love Marilyn Monroe. There is, of course, something classically beautiful about her. She's like the pinup to end all pinups. She's cute and gorgeous and sexy all at the same time. She's meaty. She's timeless. She's something you see very rarely anymore.

She also had a mouth and knew how to use it. At a time when women were supposed to be perfect housewives who stayed home and lived lives of quiet desperation, she fought back. She talked about sex and men and equality. She wasn't afraid to expose her sexuality and the sexuality of all women.

But she was also deeply troubled. I think this is the most significant reason why I love her. Her story is tragedy concealed with a sensual smile. She was forced to marry young. Her husband was the first person to expose her in sexual photos to his buddies and from there, she took off with a career. Her professional life was riddled with self loathing, drug use, and abuse by a multitude of people she relied on.

Yet, this isn't what she showed anyone until she died. She put on a happy face. She made a career out of smiling when she didn't really feel like it. This is the epitome of tragedy to me.

"A sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing."

I think I will play her in her biopic.  I'm painting that beach picture by the way.

1 comment:

  1. hhmmmmm.
    I never had any interest but I'd never seen those first two pictures.

    I want to paint too. Oil paint.