Marilyn: Beauty Icon

Marilyn by George Barris, 1962

Novelist Mhairi McFarlane has written about Marilyn’s enduring charm on the website of Guardian beauty expert Sali Hughes.

“The familiar image is the baby-doll pretty ’50s starlet with Milkybar hair, peachy cheeks and blood-red lips, but the Marilyn I love is in the informal, candid, soulful photographs by Eve Arnold or George Barris. Larking in a men’s cardi and bathing suits on holiday, or charcoal-eyed with bed hair, smoking a cigarette over a Manhattan balcony.”

You can read Mhairi’s tribute in full here.


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