To describe Marilyn Monroe, you must speak in superlatives. She’s one of the first blonde bombshells and arguably the most recognizable celebrity icon of all time.
We’ve all seen Marilyn in a white dress standing over a subway grate. WHOOSH! As the train passes underneath, her dress billowing above her waist, she giggles. It’s charming and naughty at the same time, absolutely irresistible.
Marilyn was a master in front of the camera, teasing her audience into adoration. Exuding glamour and sensuality to spare, who can forget her performance of the song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”?
And yet, in today’s political and social context, the lyrics disappoint. Here’s a sampling:
There may come a time
When a hard-boiled employer
Thinks you’re awful nice
But get that ice or else no dice
He’s your guy
When stocks are high
But beware when they start to descend
It’s then that those louses
Go back to their spouses
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
I’ve heard of affairs
That are strictly platonic
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend
I love Marilyn, and I’d like to think that if she was alive today, she would say, “I’ll buy my own diamonds.”