Who knew she’d soon be the most beautiful woman in the world?

Marilyn Monroe WWII pinup 1940s

Norma Jean Dougherty (who later became Marilyn Monroe) photographed for US Army magazine YANK on June 26 1945. There’s no doubting that Norma Jean is very pretty but it’s hard to see how she transformed to the iconic star and pin up queen she became later…

See other YANK pinup girls here

Source and copyright: This image is a work of a U.S. Army soldier or employee, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.

3 thoughts on “Who knew she’d soon be the most beautiful woman in the world?

  1. Augustus

    Dear Mary, as you know Norma Jean/M. Monroe was natural redhead (like Nicole Kidman) and became blonde. Both had very curly hair – a common feature to auburn… Nowadays one can find several straightener products on the market but at that time I guess not… Excuse my ignorance but you (which, I suppose, knows a lot about vintage cosmetology) would tell what they used for smoothing such kind of hair? The opposite – curl straight hair – is well known because perm is a very old technique (XIX century). Cheers!

    • vilvintage Post author

      that’s a really good question – unfortunately I have no idea though. I do know that Marilyn was really paranoid about her roots showing through and would have her roots dyed every few days…
      Does anyone else know the answer to this?


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