I, like many, see Marilyn Monroe as having been a beautiful yet tortured woman. Whilst I enjoy her in movies like Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, I think the Marilyn I most like is her younger, yet-to-be-a-full-blown-star, but no-longer-Norma-Jean self.
The following pictures are from the LIFE Magazine archives, ever a source of inspiration and delight (and I have many other vintage-loving bloggers, like Johanna Öst to thank for introducing me to it)
I especially adore her hair here, and always contemplate going platinum blonde after i've looked at pictures of her. Her blouse is lovely too.
All images from life.time.com