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    Oh she was tiny? I remember reading she was a size 10/12, and she did seem to look bigger than a 2 in pictures but its true the camera adds weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickiDrea View Post
    ^^^ Or maybe they're not trying to "justify" anything. Maybe they are just unaware of vanity sizing and the differences between sizes today and 50 years ago?
    Yes they are. I hear this coming from women who have weight problems. They say something like "I've gain so much weight. I used to be a size 6. Now I'm a 14, but Marilyn was a size 14".

    Photos and movies of Marilyn are every where. A 14 does not look like a 14 today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clubber Lang View Post
    Oh she was tiny? I remember reading she was a size 10/12, and she did seem to look bigger than a 2 in pictures but its true the camera adds weight.
    I'm not sure about the size, but she was definitely small. She had little feet, too. From what I understand, sizes are really different now than they were back in MM's day.

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    "Monroe’s costume was displayed on a mannequin that had been carved down from a standard size 2 to accommodate the tiny waist. Even then, the zipper could not entirely close."

    "In fact, the average waist measurement of the four Monroe dresses was a mere 22 inches, according to Lisa Urban, the Hollywood consultant who dressed the mannequins and took measurements for me. Even Monroe’s bust was a modest 34 inches."

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    ^^ Just read that article. I found it really interesting that they had such tiny waists but never looked gaunt or overly skinny.. (with the exception of Vera Ellen and Audrey).
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    maybe she got bloated sometimes...

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    Ahh, thanks! I can't believe they used to consider that a size 12, she's rail thin in the top picture! The bottom picture is more how I remember her, then again I never paid that close of attention.
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    If she is rail thin then what am I
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    No, I'm sure you look awesome! I just noticed MM's hip bones were sticking out pretty far is all
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    i think she was a bit bigger at one point. her weight probably fluctuated depending on what drug she was using and how much she was drinking. she looks like about a size 8 in the bottom picture, very small in the top picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annika View Post
    i think she was a bit bigger at one point. her weight probably fluctuated depending on what drug she was using and how much she was drinking. she looks like about a size 8 in the bottom picture, very small in the top picture.
    I think that certain people's bodies fluctuate pretty widely over time. Marilyn Monroe wasn't exactly a hard body - she was kind of a mess, and for understandable reasons. I remember reading about her laying in bed all day, taking various pills and downing bottles of Piper-Heidsieck. It's not exactly a diet plan.

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    Piper-Heidsieck? What is it? Oh who cares. Sounds like fun. I want some!

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    She's very thin in that top pic.

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    I just started reading the Donald Spoto bio of her, I'm through the year 1952 when her career really took off. Her measurements were 36-23-34 at the time, she was 5'5" and 118 lbs. So the size 2 with a tiny waist sounds right. It was early in her career and she was very conscious of her figure, she was into jogging and weight training, very unusual for the time.

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    Just for interest, standard sizes from my 1961 sewing book:

    SIZE. 10. 12. 14. 16. 18. 20

    bust. 31. 32. 34. 36. 38. 40
    waist. 24. 25. 26. 28. 30. 32
    hip. 33. 34. 36. 38. 40. 42



    SIZE. 40. 42. 44. 46. 48. 50

    bust. 42. 44. 46. 48. 50. 52
    waist. 34. 36. 38.5 41 43.5 46
    hip. 44. 46. 48. 50. 52. 54

    sorry, can't get the little bastards to line up
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