Saturday, 4 August 2012

Marilyn Monroe Tribute

Hi Goddesses

It's 50 years ago this weekend since the Ultimate Goddess, Marilyn herself, accidentally passed away.  Poignantly, the days are aligned the way they were in 1962, and it was on Saturday evening that she passed away.

Like a lot of people, I have always been fascinated with Marilyn Monroe - partly for her beauty, her comedic timing, but I have to admit, partly for the mystery of what happened that fateful evening.  Convention states she died in the early hours of August 5th, but it's more likely she passed away in the late evening of the 4th.

For many years I gobbled up all the conspiracy theories and read AVIDLY on the subject, but now, with age, and with a few more discerning biographers, I've come to a more "adult" conclusion - she died by accident, fatefully underestimating her capacity for prescribed drugs.

The best book for me - and the most balanced - is The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe by Keith Badman.  Devoid of sensationalism, it is also extremely convincing,and poignantly ends with a Marilyn full of hope and ambition in that final summer.

For nails, I decided to pick out some iconic images - 

* thumb - the red dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1 layer of CG Ruby Pumps and 2 layers of a red franken I made last year (you can see it here)

* index - the OTHER iconic dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - 2 layers of Cult Nails Untamed.  The bow is a mix of the same polish, with 1 drop of a darker magenta, Jesse's Girl Fashion Friday

* middle nail - the iconic white dress of Seven Year Itch.  Base of 2 coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  The pleats are a mix of MBSW and OPI DS Coronation

* ring finger - the famous pleated gold dress, one of THE most iconic Marilyn images.  Originally created for GPB, but the scene got cut.  This was done using Barry M Gold Foil

* little finger - famous for her pout, this pays tribute to Marilyn's kisses - a base of OPI DS Coronation and a Konad Red kiss from OB28, available from My Online Shop.

I heartily recommend the Keith Badman book if you are a fan.   There's little in life that pains me more than a wasteful death, and there's no denying Marilyn falls into that category.  More staggering perhaps is that her legacy lives so strongly on, and that 50 years on, she has the ability to inspire, move and haunt us.

Remember, and enjoy xx :)
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