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Marilyn Monroe and fashion as a shield

“‘Do you want to see me become her?’ I didn’t know what she meant but I just said ‘Yes’ — and then I saw it. I don’t know how to explain what she did because it was so very subtle, but she turned something on within herself that was almost like magic. And suddenly cars were slowing, and people were turning their heads and stopping to stare. They were recognizing that this was Marilyn Monroe as if she pulled off a mask or something, even though a second ago nobody noticed her. I had never seen anything like it before.” – Amy Greene, wife of Marilyn’s personal photographer Milton Greene.

The name Marilyn Monroe immediately conjures a certain image – diamonds (a girl’s best friend!), white dress billowing over a subway grate, Andy Warhol’s pop art. All visuals that have become synonymous with the blonde bombshell, actress, singer, sex symbol, and the many other roles Marilyn has come to occupy in popular culture.

Confidence is a quality often associated with icons and tastemakers. To make an impact you must be unapologetic – Rihanna, Cher, Josephine Baker, Audrey Hepburn, and even Marilyn Monroe herself join these ranks. Despite the fact that her life was cut short, the fashion statements she made – immortalised in countless photos – are memorable, timeless, and recreated often, making her one of the most recognizable fashion icons ever.   

The archives of Marilyn’s own writing, however, paint a drastically different picture of the person she was underneath the bombshell. Plagued by crippling insecurity, the fear that the mental illness that had claimed her mother would come for her next, an absent father, a childhood spent between foster homes, betrayals from those closest to her, and a teenage marriage to escape the orphanage, she was a young woman trailed by her many demons. Her writing reveals someone who was terrified of disappointing the people around her – worlds away from the breezy, disarming confidence she projected on-camera.

She writes about a dream she had where her teacher, Lee Strasberg, cuts her open ‘and there is absolutely nothing there…. devoid of every human living feeling thing — the only thing that came out was so finely cut sawdust—like out of a raggedy ann doll.’

Monroe’s debilitating insecurity and complete lack of confidence left her entirely at the mercy of external opinions from husbands and co-stars. A member of the latter group, Don Murray, highlighted this paradox when he said, “For somebody who the camera loved, she was still terrified of going before the camera and broke out in a rash all over her body.”. 

He was right about the camera loving her, there’s absolutely no trace of insecurity in Marilyn Monroe, the persona that Norma Jean referred to in the third person, and could turn into at the drop of a hat. Marilyn Monroe was a vessel for Norma Jean’s own talent, a vessel she would often critique in the third person – “She wouldn’t do this. Marilyn would say that.”.

Marilyn Monroe was as much a part of Norma Jean, as Norma Jean was a part of Marilyn. Amy Greene’s anecdote about Marilyn “becoming” the larger than life force that persists to this day attributed the Marilyn effect to an inner force from within the woman herself. It wasn’t just about the clothes she wore but how she projected herself in them that would transform her into a timeless icon.

The image of Marilyn Monroe that persists today should be more than the one-dimensional figure of tragic fame. Her magnetism on-screen is a testament to the talent and skill that she never could recognize in herself, and the work she was able to produce despite her personal troubles leaves room to imagine how much she was capable of achieving if she had more faith in herself. 

Marilyn is a reminder of the transformative effects of confidence, and how much this one quality can alter our perceptions. Norma Jean felt she needed to become Marilyn Monroe to have the impact that she did, but would she still be the icon she is today if she hadn’t projected that particular persona, or that particular shield? 

Whether you think of Marilyn Monroe dripping in diamonds, performing the opening number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in red sequins, photographed on the beach in her final days, or as a writer who revealed her true self on the page, she wasn’t just a bundle of insecurities in beautiful clothes – she possessed all of the skill, talent, and depth she never thought herself capable of. 

Monroe is a fashion icon whose influence has inexplicably grown to make her a historical figure characterised by glamour and confidence. By sticking to this narrative, we reduce her legacy by only sharing the fragments of her story that were seen on camera. Her reality is a harsh indicator of how blinding insecurity can be, and her lasting legacy is a mark of the achievements she barely acknowledged.  

It is difficult enough to simply exist, let alone occupy the status of an icon, when you are your own worst enemy – and yet, the narrative that persists of Marilyn Monroe’s time in the spotlight might be her best performance of all.

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As a self-proclaimed overdresser, I’m over fashion’s minimalism trend

Capsule wardrobes? Don’t even talk to me about them. I don’t like anything ‘streamlined’ nor do I want to have an ‘edited’ closet. The more I can wear, the better.  But lately, this gleeful practice of burying your body under layers of fabric seems to have fallen out of favor. Athleisure is the name of the game. The seemingly effortless outfits, look perfectly curated for Instagram and Pinterest. In all honesty, I can see how they are appealing. Simplifying your look cuts down on the time spent pulling an outfit together. Additionally, there’s a timelessness about athleisure minimalism. Lululemon has basically taken over the world.  

So if spandex pants and mesh tanks are everywhere, why do I hate it so much? It was something I could never quite put my finger on. Any time I passed a perky woman wearing Lululemon yoga pants at Whole Foods it took every single ounce of my energy to prevent my eyes from rolling to the back of my head.

However, I’ve had some time to think about it. To pinpoint what it is about the trend that grinds my gears. It’s the so-called effortlessness of the outfits. The trend’s attractiveness comes from the idea that putting effort into your appearance is a bad thing.

This goes against everything I stand for and is in direct conflict with the concept of overdressing. I’ve always been the type of girl who completely ignores her friend’s directive and comes to a casual lunch dressed to the nines. Personally, I loved the outfits on the original Dynasty show. I am in awe of Carrie Bradshaw’s closet in Sex and the City. I fully support how dedicated Kim Kardashian is to never be caught off guard. Because I am the same way. It’s a bit of a headscratcher given my precarious financial situation. However, I am a serial overdresser because of my financial situation not despite it. Breezing through thrift stores and hunting down vintage leather jackets on Depop is one of the few luxuries I can afford.

My ability to wait for the perfect moment to strike when betting on a retro Vivienne Westwood corset top brings me more pride than being at the top of the waiting list for new Yeezy’s. There is something about being stopped in the street and bonding with another person over where they got their giant pearl necklace. I love being asked ‘where are you going?!’ in an incredulous tone by family and friends alike. It’s something you simply cannot get while wearing joggers and a sports bra.

I like the clear hard work and clear thought it takes to pull off an obviously overdone outfit.  I also appreciate that for the practice of overdressing, it’s nearly impossible for too many similarities to be present. Athleisure and minimalism have a ‘sameness’ a uniform quality that threads through its ethos that I am not a fan of.  The gleeful and campy nature of dressing is missed in these trends. My fashion inspirations are people like Andre Leon Talley, Prince, and Missy Elliot. To put it lightly, these are people known for making a statement with their clothes. A bold one at that. One of the most important aspects of overdressing is not being afraid to stand out a little bit. To be bold.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but the world I’m witnessing and living in isn’t fun at the moment. Sometimes the only way I can access my joy and optimism about the future is through the small action of what I wear. So while it may be seen as completely inappropriate to wear a large patterned boubou with fringes at the bottom to Walgreens, it is one thing that keeps me sane. I have been able to create a community for myself through the ability to look like I’m attending A Very Important Thing all the time.

My spirits have been lifted through this simple and admittedly silly act. A dressed-down gym outfit may be more practical but it’s not nearly as fun. And if there’s one thing that fashion and style should be, it’s fun. Overdressing is the embodiment of that. So throw on a ton of jewelry today.  It may just change your outlook.

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29 outfits Dina Tokio rocked flawlessly

Dina Torkia,  more commonly known as Dina Tokio, is a fashion designer, stylist, personal blogger, and YouTuber who resides in the UK. With 503 thousand followers on Instagram and over 200 thousand likes on Facebook, she reaches out to a large audience from all around the world. Dina has also started her own fashion line, Dina Torkia. I have no doubt that Dina can pull off absolutely any outfit effortlessly.

Here are 29 of my favorite looks.






























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25 stylish moments from curvy model and designer Nadia Aboulhosn, your new Insta-fave

Nadia Aboulhosn, a fashion blogger, designer, and model, never fails to look drop dead gorgeous. Nadia is an inspiration to girls of all shapes and sizes and preaches the beauty of self-confidence. She’s been featured in many magazines such as Refinery 29, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Complex Magazine. She has modeled for Boohoo, American Apparel, Addition Elle, and Stylist Magazine.

Who else dreams of a shopping spree with Nadia Aboulhosn?

1. When she effortlessly pulled off this look. 


2. When she looked amazing in this colorful dress.

3. When she made us want to raid Evans clothing.


4. When she showed us that skinny jeans don’t just look good on skinny girls.


5. When her makeup was so on fleek.


6. When the simplest of outfits looked like art on her.


7. When she looked sexy as hell in this outfit.


8. When she proved that she could pull off any look.


9. When she blew us away with this dress.


10. When she killed it in menswear.


11. When her killer legs were just everything.


12. When she killed the summer-chic look.


13. When she inspired us all with this post.


14. When she seduced us in this steamy dress.


15. When she slayed in the desert.


16. When she made us all want to buy floral dresses.


17. When her captions were so motivating.


18. When she gave us serious body envy.


19. When she proved that everything does look better in black.


20. When she murdered the game in this jumpsuit.


21.  When she bewitched us all with this look.


22. When her hair and makeup was just on point.


23. When she looked stunning from head to toe.


24. When no f****s were given.


25. When she rocked this cozy jumper.