Our Fixation With Marilyn Monroe Reveals Our Desire For 1950s Morality

Our Fixation With Marilyn Monroe Reveals Our Desire For 1950s Morality


Marilyn Monroe made history again in March of this year when her portrait sold for 195 million, more than any other work by a 20th-century artist at auction. Sixty years after her death at the age of 36, Monroe is still one of society’s foremost icons and is often imitated by today’s most influential celebrities.

Take Billie Eilish for one. Eilish rocked the Met Gala last year with a deviation from her usual street style to a Marilyn Monroe-inspired ballgown, only to be topped at the 2022 Met Gala by Kim Kardashian wearing (and reportedly ruining) Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress that she wore when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy.

2021 brought us a new documentary of Monroe, and this spring

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