May 29, 2014

Pumping Iron with Marilyn Monroe

Working out evidently always came first for Miss Monroe. Here you can see her strenuous set of bench presses and the result. We present these images in the hopes of inspiring our fellow Americans to a greater awareness of the necessity of fitness.

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In this widely familiar portrait, Marilyn Monroe wears a white evening gown and stands with her back against two walls,

one dark, the other light, her eyes half closed and her dark, lipsticked mouth partly open. Yet Halsman deftly avoided any explicit representation of the true subject of the picture. Using the euphemistic language of the time, Halsman’s assistant admired the photographer’s ability to make “suggestive” pictures of beautiful women which still showed “good taste,” emphasizing “expression” rather than “physical assets.” And then the assistant added, “Halsman is very adept at provoking the expression he wants.”
MARILYN MONROE by Halsman @ The Selvedge Yard

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 29, 2014 10:00 AM
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No doubt the inspiration for JFK's Council on Fitness.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at May 29, 2014 11:34 AM

Yeah, but kin she play checkers?

Posted by: Jimmy J. at May 29, 2014 1:51 PM

Her luck ran out when she started screwing the Kennedys but I still love that little gal.

Posted by: Jack at May 29, 2014 3:13 PM

Still hot by any era's standards.

Posted by: tripletap at May 30, 2014 11:32 AM

Feeling a little randy are we, Gerard?

Posted by: edaddy at May 30, 2014 8:07 PM

Randy? I thought her name was Norma Jeane Mortenson. Hmph.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 31, 2014 6:40 PM

When I was a teenager I was totally hot for Marilyn Monroe. I would look at that photo and sigh, "Check out the anterior deltoid development on NER!! How does she do it?"

Now, forty years down the road, I finally discovered the secret -- standing military presses with 30 pounds. Thank you for the insight Gerard

Posted by: Callmelennie at June 4, 2014 8:21 AM

In actuality, I was actually focusing on another part of her anatomy, especially after seeing her in the "Misfits." I soon discovered, while watching her cavort about in her blue jeans, that there was increasingly a misfit between my own jeans and my rapidly expanding groin area.

A few years later, it occurred to me, "Hey, she's got some pretty nice tits, too."

Posted by: Callmelennie at June 4, 2014 8:30 AM