06 agosto 2012

Ice-cream sundaes, red meat for dinner, ten minutes exercise a day – yet still a size eight. So was Marilyn’s the one celebrity diet worth following?





One might think there is nothing more to unearth about Marilyn Monroe, so scrupulously has her brief life been examined. Yet as these pictures published on the 50th anniversary of her death reveal, the actress boasted a beguilingly relaxed attitude to her body. 
Particularly when compared to the unhealthy and relentlessly negative body attitudes prevalent among female celebrities today. The images come from a book she published regarding her health and fitness regime — the first Hollywood workout guide, if you will.  
An accompanying article in a 1952 issue of Pageant magazine, entitled How I Stay In Shape, shows us a confident 26-year-old woman who wears her physicality with ease. 
Intimate photos of Marilyn Monroe show her love of food
Intimate photos of Marilyn Monroe show her love of food
Today’s starlets starve themselves to conform to Tinsel Town’s skeletal ideal — these are women, after all, who aspire not to be legends, but size zero or double zero.
 


    At 5ft 5½ in, Marilyn veered from 8½ st to just under 10 st.
    Today’s stars seek to remain child-sized (Victoria Beckham can famously slip into jeans designed to fit a seven-year-old, with a 23in waist). 
    In these pictures, Monroe glows with radiant health like a goddess, while modern pin-ups, with sharp hipbones and corrugated ribs, seem sapped of all vitality. 
    But, then, Marilyn was also a product of the post-war era in which she grew up. Mercifully few Westerners go hungry through poverty now, yet more of us starve ourselves to conform to some perverse bodily ideal. 
    Norma Jeane Baker, as she was then, grew up so impoverished that there was rarely enough food on the table, and her robust approach to eating reflected a desire never to be hungry again. 
    ‘Frankly, I’ve never considered my figure so exceptional. My biggest single concern used to be getting enough to eat,’ she remarks in the book. 
    The words appear next to a photograph that shows her propped up in bed, fixing breakfast while naked between the sheets, presumably adorned in nothing more than a spritz of Chanel No 5.
    Today’s warped female role models associate hunger with power rather than poverty. Kate Moss notoriously announced that her motto is ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’. And even purportedly healthy celebrities such as Beyoncé and Gwyneth Paltrow torture themselves with maple syrup diets and punishing juice fasts. 
    Figures from a recent study suggest that 65 per cent of women suffer from disordered eating behaviours, with a further ten per cent reporting symptoms. A lamentable proportion of 21st-century women are prepared to sacrifice their physical and mental health in the quest to be boyishly emaciated.
    One of Marilyn's favourite treats was a hot fudge sundae
    One of Marilyn's favourite treats was a hot fudge sundae
    The hot fudge sauce and raw carrot regime
    Endearingly, Marilyn’s chief word of approval for the fare with which she starts her day is ‘nourishing’ rather than ‘slimming’. She says: ‘Before I take my morning shower, I start warming a cup of milk on the hot plate I keep in my hotel room. 
    When it’s hot, I break two raw eggs into the milk, whip them up with a fork, and drink them while I’m dressing. I supplement this with a multi-vitamin pill, and I doubt if any doctor could prescribe a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry.’
    The idiosyncratic approach continues: ‘My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night I stop at the market and pick up a steak, lamb chops or some liver, which I broil in the oven. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that is all. I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots.’ 
    Lest we imagine Marilyn’s life is only about protein and vegetables, she makes the girlish admission: ‘It’s a good thing, I suppose, that I eat simply during the day for, in recent months, I have developed the habit of stopping off at Wil Wright’s ice-cream parlour for a hot fudge sundae on my way back from my evening drama classes.’ 
    And here the starlet is, ice-cream spoon heading toward lipsticked mouth, grinning over her chosen indulgence. Where so many of today’s A-listers now consume joyless, low-calorie frozen yoghurt, so Marilyn oozes hot fudge sensuality.
    ‘I am sure she would be completely horrified to see what the stars of today put their bodies through,’ says registered dietician Hala El‑Shafie, who runs body image workshops with Nutrition Rocks. 
    ‘She ate healthy, unprocessed food and her choices were based on common sense. She didn’t miss meals, and was sure to eat a balanced amount of protein which helps exercise natural portion control. Then, after a sensible day, she treated herself. 
    ‘This is what dieticians today call the 80/20 rule: eating healthily 80 per cent of the time so you can have the odd indulgence.’
    The 10-minute workout to boost your bust
    Even 10 minutes of exercise each day can help you stay slim
    Even 10 minutes of exercise each day can help you stay slim
    As for exercise, Monroe maintained her sumptuous physique with a characteristically insouciant regime. Today’s celluloid wannabes spend hours aggressively pounding the treadmill and pumping iron. Fiftysomething Madonna’s coach Nicole Winhoffer has her strenuously working out twice a day, six times a week.
    In contrast, Monroe grimaces: ‘I couldn’t stand exercise if I had to feel regimented about it.’  
    Instead, she merely slipped out of bed, brushed her teeth and engaged in a supine bust-firming routine with two 5lb weights, clad in jaunty high-waisted shorts and a bikini top. 
    ‘I spend at least ten minutes each morning working out with small weights. I have evolved my own exercises for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.’ 
    She stopped not at some masochistic height of achievement, but simply when she felt tired.
    ‘Marilyn’s attitude was spot on because she listened to her body,’ says fitness guru Dalton Wong, director of TwentyTwoTraining. 
    ‘Marilyn enjoyed life — she loved ice-cream, she partied — but exercising for just ten minutes a day was enough to keep her on track.' 
    In fact, the latest research on high‑intensity training, published in leading medical journal The Lancet, confirms that every adult should do ten minutes of exercise a day for their health. 
    Doing a weights circuit is the perfect exercise as it increases your resting metabolic rate — helping you burn calories, and increases lean muscle mass — making you look toned. Doing hours of cardio like Madonna would have eaten away Marilyn’s famous curves.
    The ‘love the skin you’re in’ attitude
    Marilyn’s easy contentment with her body is even more alluring when juxtaposed with 21st-century self-hatred. In a recent survey, 90 per cent of women said their bodies made them unhappy, with more than two-thirds declaring that they would resort to the surgeon’s knife. We are, it appears, in the grip of a self-despising epidemic. 
    As psychoanalyst Professor Susie Orbach has told me, for today’s woman ‘normal is messed up’.
    Ironically, the myths about Monroe’s blithely normal body are legion, frequently being used to bolster women’s misguided notions about physical perfection today. 
    Elizabeth Hurley — a woman who has boasted about living off six cups of watercress soup a day, bolstered by snacks of six raisins — commented: ‘I’ve always thought Marilyn Monroe looked fabulous, but I’d kill myself if I was that fat . . . I’ve seen her clothes and I wanted to take a tape measure and measure what her hips were. She was very big.’
    I, too, have seen Monroe’s clothes and, let me assure you, the woman was petite. The now fading costumes from her films were unexpectedly minuscule (mostly UK size eight). 
    It is only when one consults the images in which they are worn that things look different: some alchemy of femininity rendering her body all trembling, blancmange flesh. 
    Norma Jeane Baker, future film star Marilyn Monroe
    Norma Jeane Baker, future film star Marilyn Monroe
    The curve-creating tricks of the trade
    And herein lay the secret to Marilyn’s look: the actress was crammed into these creations. Hems were weighted to achieve the requisite cling, biases cut so tight that she could not sport underwear, a reputation that only added to her allure.
    To be sure, her weight fluctuated. Monroe’s dressmaker recorded that it varied between 118lb and 140lb (about 8½ st to 10st), her bust from 35 to 37 in, her waist 22 to 23 in, hips 35 to 36 in and bra size a by no means gargantuan 36D. 
    The upshot: an undulating 36-22-36-ish figure, that differed from the Fifities average of a 36/24/35 size 12 body of 9st 12lb only by merit of her tiny-waisted hourglass outline. 
    It is only in the context of contemporary Hollywood self-starvation that these proportions appear so excessive to the likes of Ms Hurley.
    Rather than being terrified of adult womanliness, Monroe revelled in it. Today’s starlets — not to mention the rest of us — could benefit from Monroe’s relaxed and rational approach to her body. 
    While the population at large grows ever fatter (the average British dress size has shot from a 12 to a 16 since Monroe’s day), so its icons shrink ever smaller. When I look at Monroe prancing barefoot, all buxom bosom and creamy thigh, I think of how lovely Victoria Beckham and the frequently skeletal Angelina Jolie would look without their jutting clavicles and stick-like limbs. 
    It is a shameful indictment of our culture that the contentedly curvaceous 20th-century woman has been usurped by so many self‑starving, 21st-century celebrity skeletons.














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    £19,500 for a signed photograph: Fifty years after her death Marilyn Monroe is still a huge earner for clever collectors






    From the platinum blonde hair and ruby red lips to the beauty mark and those curves, as we mark the 50th anniversary of her death, the legend of Marilyn Monroe lives on, more vibrantly than ever.
    In May 1962, just a few months before her death, Monroe famously sang 'Happy Birthday' to President John F. Kennedy wearing a floor-length sheath of a dress adorned with rhinestones.
    The so-called 'JFK Dress' sold for over $1.2 million at auction, which serves to convey Marilyn's enduring appeal, and it seems nothing has changed as more memorabilia is flying off the shelves for thousands.
    Marilyn Monroe is still a style icon, even half a century after her untimely death
    Marilyn Monroe is still a style icon, even half a century after her untimely death
    This 1956 signed photograph of Marilyn Monroe by Cecil Beaton is selling online for a staggering £19,500.00
    This 1956 signed photograph of Marilyn Monroe by Cecil Beaton is selling online for a staggering £19,500.00
    One website, Vintage Seekers, are offering an incredibly unique and rare collection of memorabilia including a truly extraordinary 1956 Cecil Beaton photograph signed by Marilyn herself, which is on offer for a staggering £19,500. 
    The collection ranges from a 1957 The Prince and the Showgirl Spanish Release Poster of the starlet which is going for a lower end £3,750.00 right up to a 1950s signed magazine cut-out of the beauty which is fetching £9,950.
    Her legacy lives on: Actress Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe for film My Week With Marilyn
    Her legacy lives on: Actress Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe for film My Week With Marilyn
    From Taylor Swift's Teen Choice Award attire, to Scarlett Johansson in the Dolce and Gabbana advert, Marilyn's style lives on and her look is emulated by women worldwide.
    Leading Comfort Brights Style & Colour Psychologist, Kate Nightingale says:  'Marilyn’s timeless style and her larger-than-life character has inspired women and designers across the world for decades. 
    'It’s no wonder that 50 years on, people are willing to spend a considerable amount of money to have a piece of the icon that was Marilyn Monroe.'
    In June, on what would have been Marilyn's 86th birthday, Lady Gaga tweeted 'Happy Birthday Marilyn - They'll never take our blonde hair and lipstick,' along with a picture of herself, Monroe-like.
    But why has Marilyn's appeal only gotten stronger? 'First of all, she died very young,' says Lois Banner, Monroe's latest biographer, freezing her image for eternity. 
    But another reason is the existence of thousands of photographs of Marilyn, bursting with life. 
    'She's conceivably the most photographed person of the 20th century,' says Banner. The author's third reason is more cynical: 'There's a lot of people making money off her,' she says.
    And this is why the memorabilia is fetching such high prices, even half a century after her untimely death. 
    'Film posters always sell well at VintageSeekers.com, we've only just launched this particular collection of Marilyn Monroe items online but in the past we have sold similar items very quickly, for this collection prices start at £3,000' said Lucy Evans, Co-Founder of VintageSeekers.com.
    'In the case of Marilyn items, our clients tend to be collectors but a few are gift buyers looking for really unique presents that look like a lot of thought has been given to the purchase!
     


      'Memorabilia icons like Marilyn command higher prices than lesser known names as she is such an iconic figure and the collection we have consists of very rare, valuable items. 
      'Autographs in particular are a huge investment, and in the current climate, are a relatively safe bet for increasing well in value year on year. 
      'Marilyn Monroe's is one of the most collectible names!'

      REMEMBERING MARILYN : A VINTAGE COLLECTION

        
      1959 Some Like it Hot Original US Film Poster £3,000.00
      1959 Some Like it Hot Original US Film Poster £3,000.00
      1950s Marilyn Monroe Signed Magazine Cut-Out £9,950.00
      1950s Marilyn Monroe Signed Magazine Cut-Out £9,950.00
      1950s Marilyn Monroe Handwritten Note with Signature £4,950.00
      1950s Marilyn Monroe Handwritten Note with Signature £4,950.00





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      Three ways to wear bird print



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      Oasis shorts, £25, johnlewis.com. Blouse £18, matalan.co.uk. Sandals, £52.50, theoutnet.com. Earrings, £15, asos.com. Ring, £90, goldsmiths
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      How to look good naked: Natalie Portman poses nude for Dior in natural-look cosmetics



      Dior have stuck to a winning formula with their new advertising campaign by getting stunning actress Natalie Portman to pose naked.
      The Oscar-winner de-robed for the photo shoot with photographer Mario Sorrenti to promote the brand's new Diorskin Nude range.
      In one picture, she is draped topless over a chaise lounge pulling her hair off her face. In another close-up shot, she faces the camera with her arms and hair covering her chest to protect her modesty.
      Smouldering: Natalie Portman poses nude to promote Dior's new foundation
      Smouldering: Natalie Portman poses nude to promote Dior's new foundation
      Dior promise their foundation, which will be on sale nationwide from 14 September, will give wearers a natural, radiant glow.

      As well as the foundations, priced at £31, lip and nail shades in a nude palette are also available. Natalie wears one of the Rouge Dior Nude shades in the adverts.
      Dior said the lipsticks, which cost £25, are innovative because they don't colour lips but 'blush' them for a more natural look.
      Radiant: The Oscar-winning actress wears the brand's new 'nude' range which promises a more natural look
      Radiant: The Oscar-winning actress wears the brand's new 'nude' range which promises a more natural look
      This isn't the first time Natalie has posed topless in her role as the face of Dior beauty. Last year wore just a black headband to promote the brand's fragrance Miss Dior Cherie.
      After seeing these latest pictures, millions of her fans will be disappointed to hear that she is now officially off the market.
      The Black Swan actress married Benjamin Millepied, the father of her son Aleph, in an intimate ceremony in Big Sur, California on Saturday.
      Newly weds: The actress and Benjamin Millepied tied the knot in a traditional Jewish ceremony at the weekend
      Newly weds: The actress and Benjamin Millepied tied the knot in a traditional Jewish ceremony at the weekend
      The DiorSkin Nude foundation costs £31
      The DiorSkin Nude foundation costs £31
      Natalie, who was born in Jerusalem, had a traditional Jewish ceremony. The couple met in 2010 on the set of Black Swan.
      Natalie has always been a proud ambassador of the French fashion house wearing a vintage Dior dress to this year's Oscar ceremony.
      However, she was keen to distance herself from their once creative director John Galliano when a video leaked of him making anti-Semitic comments.
      In a statement released at the time she said: 'I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano's comments. 
      'In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr Galliano in any way.
      'I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.'



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      Short-sighted Victoria Beckham launches her own designer spectacle collection as she can't find any glasses that suit her






      Even though she's pictured wherever she goes around the world, photographers rarely catch a snap of Victoria Beckham in prescription glasses.
      The former Spice Girl is often seen in over-sized sunglasses but never steps out in glasses she needs for being near-sighted because she feels too self-conscious about how they look.
      'I do need to wear glasses but I haven’t found glasses that suit me or that I particularly like,' she told WWD.
      Geek chic: Victoria Beckham has finally found prescription glasses that she's happy to pictured in after designing her own range
      Geek chic: Victoria Beckham has finally found prescription glasses that she's happy to pictured in after designing her own range
      But the fashion designer has now got round this problem by designing a range of glasses herself.
      'I've always been quite self-conscious, so that's why I've decided to do them myself,' she said. 
      The mum-of-four launched her optical collection for spring/summer 2013 today.
      The six styles, manufactured in partnership with Cutler and Gross, will go on sale at retailers at Silmo Paris from January 2013 costing from £295-£340. 
      Designer specs: One of the six styles in Victoria's optical collection with the 'V' tipped arm
      Designer specs: One of the six styles in Victoria's optical collection with the 'V' tipped arm
      The range will include aviator styles and large dark frames, some of which are unisex and others that are more feminine.
      The star said her husband David is a fan of the heavy square frames which she also favours herself.
      Each piece in the collection is handcrafted in Italy and is distinctive as a Victoria Beckham design by a 'V' tip at the end of each arm.
      Victoria, who is set to reunite with the Spice Girls for a special performance at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, already sells sunglasses as part of her fashion label but this is her first venture into prescription glasses. 
      She said she'll wear products from her own range from now on, joking 'it'll be nice to see where I'm going for once.'

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