Marilyn Lights Up the Empire State

Cecil Beaton’s ethereal 1956 portrait of Marilyn – which she kept framed in her New York apartment, on top of her famous piano – was one of many iconic images projected onto the Empire State Building this week, marking the 150th anniversary of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Among her contemporaries, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn were also featured.

Marilyn’s a Harper’s Style Icon

Marilyn by Alfred Eisenstadt, 1953

Marilyn comes second in a Harper’s Bazaar list of the Best American Style Icons – right behind Grace Kelly, and ahead of Elizabeth Taylor.

“Off duty, Marilyn Monroe’s easy style was composed of chic basics like denim, striped tees and button-downs, but she’s equally remembered for her slip dresses, blonde bob and sultry red lip.”

Joan Juliet Buck Remembers Marilyn

Marilyn and William Lundigan in Love Nest (1951)

Joan Juliet Buck, daughter of Jules Buck – who produced an early Monroe movie, Love Nest – recalls her own sighting of Marilyn – sans girdle – in the October edition of Harper’s Bazaar in the US. (Click to enlarge – and thanks to Colby George for spotting this!)



Vanessa Paradis à la Marilyn

This drawing of Vanessa Paradis, the acclaimed French singer and actress, as Marilyn Monroe, first appeared in Madame Figaro magazine and was posted on ES by ‘princesshapnick’.

Vanessa’s admiration for Marilyn goes back to 1988, when she penned a song, ‘Marilyn & John’, for her debut album, M & J. Vanessa has also appeared in several campaigns for Chanel, Marilyn’s favourite perfume.

British readers may remember Vanessa’s early hit song, ‘Joe le Taxi’, and she is also the longtime partner of another movie legend, Johnny Depp. Speaking in this month’s Harper’s Bazaar, Vanessa revealed that her love for MM is still strong:

“I adore her as a singer, as an actress and a woman. There is something just divine about her.”