Marilyn Monroe was a talented comedic actress who people often mistook for the brainless, comedic characters she portrayed.
She was proud of her sexiness, but wished people recognized her inner beauty as well.
As an intelligent, talented and deep-thinking woman, Marilyn left behind many quotes about true beauty that are still relevant today. (Even if some of the language is dated.)
#1 "To all the girls that think you're fat because you're not a size zero, you're the beautiful one, it's society who's ugly."
Today we're seeing more and more celebrities speaking out against ridiculous beauty standards, but Marilyn spoke up even way back then.
#2 "A sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing."
Although Marilyn understood that her "look" was a pertinent part of her branding, she didn't want to be known for that alone. She wanted people to recognize her as a whole person instead.
She worked hard to hone her acting skills and went on to win a Golden Globe for best actress. People need to understand that a woman can be beautiful and smart and talented. Being one doesn't mean that you can't be the other.
#3 "Girdles and wire stays should have never been invented. No man wants to hug a padded bird cage."
You tell 'em, Marilyn. Women still feel pressured to stuff themselves into Spanks and underwire bras and contort their bodies to try and look like photoshopped models.
Sure, Marilyn might be right that no man wants to hug a literal padded bird cage... but the bigger point is that women need clothes they can actually breathe in. And when you feel comfortable, you feel confident.
#4 "Beauty and femininity are ageless and can't be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won't like this, cannot be manufactured."
Although, she was often dripped in cosmetics for her films, Marilyn expressed that her own preference was to look more natural in photos.
Maybe you have fun experimenting with lots of makeup, maybe you just use a dab here and there. Whatever your preference, the idea is to go with your own style and what feels best for you.
What's more beautiful than being comfortable in your own skin?
#5 "The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up."
Women should be able to celebrate their sexuality without being labeled or ostracized. Marilyn was critical of how she was treated by some men and women who were afraid of her "provocative" reputation.
Marilyn didn't buy into the stereotype that "real ladies" should suppress their sexuality. She wasn't one to follow all the rules.
#6 "Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world."
Once the first impression (no matter how impressive) of your looks has been noted, people tend to look for something more. What's behind your looks? Real beauty comes from being a fully developed, complex person with your own thoughts and interests.
Don't be afraid to express your personality. That's how your inner beauty shines through.
#7 "I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made."
It would be incredible to have some female celebrities lead the way for the rest of us by owning their age. With all the pressure projected onto women to look younger (especially in Hollywood), we can't judge those who choose to get some "work" done... but it's incredible when women who have earned every wrinkle and laugh line show them off.
#8 "All girls are beautiful in their own way"
It's not up to someone else to tell you if you're beautiful or not. All women get to define what being beautiful means to them.
Maybe it's your style, your personality, your looks, how you express your feelings, or something else all together.
#9. "Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are."
While you're busy trying to live up to someone else's beauty ideal, you're missing out on how special you are. Stop comparing yourself to other people and appreciate who you are.
Just as you can't be someone else, nobody can be you. Each person is a one-of-a-kind. Now, that's beautiful.
#10 "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
There's no such thing as perfection and, if there was, it would make life boring. Stop chasing it. See the beauty in flaws and imperfection.
As you likely noticed, Marilyn Monroe, didn't focus on the kind of beauty advice you'd read about in magazines. She focused on female empowerment, for herself and women in general.
Marilyn was also a sign of the times though, so some of her other quotes might make a modern women cringe a bit. However, the way she discussed gender issues makes us wonder what she'd be like if alive today.
After all, she fought to get where she was in life in many ways. And as mentioned earlier... she made her own rules.
We see you Marilyn, for the whole, wonderful, complex, talented, contemplating, intelligent woman you were.
Don't forget to share Marilyn's "real beauty" tips with the women in your life.