The photos below show the model at the outset of her career. She appears as simply basking in the sunshine and in the happy knowledge of her prettiness. She is bursting to share it with us. These photos are breathtaking. The viewer is drawn to them, to every inch of them, and never tires of re-visiting them. They are wondrous and timeless.
The photos of today - of plastic pumped stick insects in contrived, emotionless poses - shopped to within an inch of their lives - are not and never will be as good. Don't you agree?
Marilyn's beauty was sublime. Her life was troubled and tragic. In a similar was to Modigliani (see below), Marilyn's personal life now tends to overshadow any dispassionate appreciation of her art in acting.