Latex Marilyn

Bianca Beauchamp as a latex M.M.

Sensual Wind

Photo by Andre de Dienes. He was noted for his work with Marilyn Monroe and his nude photography.
”De Dienes took many of the Monroe’s most famous early photographs as ‘Norma Jeane,”‘ including those of her climbing a hillside in khakis and green sweater, and sitting on the highway, as well as the shots on Tobay Beach in August 1949. … Those pictures of Marilyn in a bathing suit recall the art picture, but they also subvert the pinup, in being far more active, playful, even romping, than the usually static pinup girl.” (Sarah Churchwell)

Ambassador Hotel

Marilyn Monroe in the gardens of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles,, 1946. Photograph by Larry Kronquist .

Tiny Feet

A rare shot of Marilyn Monroe sitting with her feet up.
Photographed in New York by Sam Shaw.
Apparently, she had tiny feet but I can’t tell from this.

Vintage Nudes

Andre de Dienes.

Photographer remembers Marilyn Monroe

Thursday: Andre de Dienes

Andre de Dienes.

In recent years, Andre de Dienes’ photography has received overdue critical attention from a variety of sources.

In 2002, Taschen published an 848-page two-volume monograph titled Marilyn, noting “his original, inspired style” and how de Dienes “soon built up a huge portfolio of stunning photographs of the smiling brunette which helped to launch her model career and, a few years later, a film career that was to make her a legend.”

A new exhibition, entitled “André de Dienes: Marilyn and California Girls,” opened June 9, 2016 at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City, representing the first solo show of photographer Andre de Dienes in New York in over ten years. (Read more)

Tuesday: 2 of 6

Jayne Mansfield.

Born Vera Jayne Palmer, Jayne Mansfield, became a major Broadway star in 1955, a major Hollywood star in 1956, and a leading celebrity in 1957.

She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates.

Mansfield was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s and 20th Century Fox’s main sex symbol actress, alongside Marilyn Monroe.

She was also known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts, such as wardrobe malfunctions. (Read more)

B&W Sunday: 6 of 6

Andre de Dienes.

 In 1945 Dienes met the nineteen-year-old Marilyn Monroe, then called Norma Jeane Baker, who was a model on the books of Emmeline Snively’s Blue Book Model Agency.
Snively told Dienes of Norma Jeane, and suggested her for his project of photographing artistic nudes.
In his memoirs Dienes described the first time he met Monroe saying “…it was as if a miracle had happened to me. Norma Jeane seemed to be like an angel. I could hardly believe it for a few moments. An earthly, sexy-looking angel! Sent expressly for me!” (Read more)

Wednesday: 2 of 6

Andre de Dienes (born Andor György Ikafalvi-Dienes) (December 18, 1913 – April 11, 1985) was a Hungarian-Romanian photographer, noted for his work with Marilyn Monroe and his nude photography.
In 1945 Dienes met the nineteen-year-old Marilyn Monroe, then called Norma Jeane Baker, who was a model on the books of Emmeline Snively’s Blue Book Model Agency.
Snively told Dienes of Norma Jeane, and suggested her for his project of photographing artistic nudes.  In his memoirs Dienes described the first time he met Monroe saying “…it was as if a miracle had happened to me. Norma Jeane seemed to be like an angel. I could hardly believe it for a few moments. An earthly, sexy-looking angel! Sent expressly for me!“. (Read more)