American Beauty


Photography by Jennifer Orser

When you hear the phrase classic American beauty, there’s one woman that almost always comes to mind: Marilyn Monroe. The bright blonde bob, sultry stare, full red pout and iconic mole have all been immortalized as the epitome of all-American glamour. The Samantha of times past, Marilyn has remained the embodiment of what men want to be with and what women want to be.

Flag & fur demure

Though I’m not a huge Marilyn fan, I do love her image and relate to her in some ways. Physically, I try and take inspiration from the curvy, blonde bombshell. She wasn’t a small lady, and neither am I. Still, she made curves beautiful and desirable, and always wore things that flattered and flaunted those curves.

Mentally, Marilyn was a bit unstable. I think that’s what makes her so relatable, and beautifully depressing. She was the embodiment of perfection, yet was still so very flawed.

Vintage Melissa Petites dress, $10, Buffalo Exchange Fullerton

When I found this red, white and blue vintage polyester dress, I immediately thought of Marilyn. All at one time, it’s classic Americana, sexy yet demure, and figure-flattering. For $10, it’s not only a total steal, but the perfect way to wear some love for America literally on my sleeves.

And now, I leave you with my favorite Marilyn quote and one of the most iconic scenes from the other classic and complicated American Beauty.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. – Marilyn Monroe

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