Marilyn Monroe’s measurements
There’s a lot of discussion about whether Marilyn Monroe really was a size 16, and whether that was a US size 16 or a UK size 16, so I thought I’d look into it in more depth and see what I could find out.
Like most women (with perhaps the exception of Sophia Loren who claims (rightly or wrongly) to have the same vital statistics for the last 40 years) Marilyn’s weight fluctuated a great deal over the years, but these are her measurements according to her dressmaker and her studio:
Height: 5 feet 5½ inches
Bust: 35-37 inches
Waist: 22-23 inches
Hips: 35-36 inches
Bra size: 36D
Now according to ASOS (which just happened to be the first place I thought to look) a 36″ bust is a UK size 12, which is a US size 8. This would make Marilyn’s hips a UK size 10 (US size 6) and her waist would be a miniscule UK size 4 (US size 1). Personally I didn’t know sizes even went that small, but what do I know..?!
So taking into account the fact that sizing has become more generous over the years, and that the size 16 statistic was probably from one of her slightly heavier times, this would still only make her a UK size 16 (US size 12).
The thing that really stands out to me is how much of an extreme hourglass figure she had. It’s no wonder that she had all her clothes tailor-made when she was a size 12 on top and a size 4 around her tiny waist, wowsers! Most people would have to do some extreme corseting to get a figure like that!
Next I got to wondering how Marilyn compared to other starlets and pin up girls of the time. So here we go. I’ve also included the measurements for Jane Russell, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Betty Grable, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn and Bettie Page. Let me know if I’ve missed out anyone important!
Jane Russell’s measurements
Waist: 24 inches
Hips: 36 inches
Brigitte Bardot’s measurements
Elizabeth Taylor’s measurements
Betty Grable’s measurements
Hips: 35 inches
Sophia Loren’s measurements
Audrey Hepburn’s measurements
Bettie Page’s measurements:
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Butst: 36 inches
Waist: 23 inches
Hips: 35 inhces
Bra Size: 36D
So, who have I missed? I’m sure I’ve forgotten to include some pretty crucial people, so let me know and I’ll add them in!
See how these movie stars’ measurements compare to models in the 1950s here, you’ll be quite surprised!
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