Marilyn Monroe Measurements: Was she really 12-16 in size?

Marilyn Moroe Measurements

Who hasn’t heard of Marilyn Monroe, the American actress, model, and singer, who is often referred to as one of the sexiest women who has ever lived? It is also said about her that she was a size 12-16, unlike the thin figures of most actresses of today. This is precisely why average women everywhere appear to be looking at Marilyn Monroe as an inspiration given her status as a sex-symbol at the time despite her figure.

We would probably start off by addressing the myth of Marilyn’s ‘average’ physique, a myth that started due to some people’s inability to realize that the sizing system changed during the 80s, making Marilyn a not-so-average woman after all. If anything, Marilyn Monroe’s body would be considered small even by today’s strict standards, a fact that can be easily proven by analyzing the many pictures we have of her.

The reason why some people believe she was a size 12-16 is unclear, although like we said, it might have something to do with the sizing system that has changed over the years. The truth, however, is that Marilyn Monroe started her show business career as a model and most models at the time were required to possess an hourglass figure. You see, even back in those days, model were required to have an average waist size of 25 inches, which is close to how Marilyn’s waist looked like.

2Marilyn Monroe’s Measurements

We have credible information regarding Marilyn’s measurements, information that was gathered by one of her dress makers during the mid-50s. It appears that Marilyn Monroe was 5’5″ tall, with a bust of 35″, a 22″ waist, and 35″ hips, while her bra size was 36D. Back in those days, her measurements were considered quite small actually, about 2-3 inches smaller than the average American woman and about 10-12 inches smaller than the average woman in America today.

It is also believed that Marilyn Monroe’s lifestyle has something to do with the myth surrounding her measurements. You see, Marilyn Monroe had many weight fluctuations throughout her career because of her depression, illness, and because of a wide array of personal problems she faced over the years. In her prime, however, Marilyn Monroe was not only considered to possess an hourglass figure but an extreme hourglass figure given her 22″ waist.

Given how shapely Marilyn Monroe’s body was, it would hardly be fair to call her thick or fat, yet we also couldn’t call her average either. During the 1980s, the US Department of Commerce got rid of the uniform sizing system to accommodate a wider range of body types, making a nowadays size 8 be the equivalent of a size 16-18 back in those times. Given her 22″ waist, her 35 inch bust, and her 36D cup size, we could very well call Marilyn Monroe thin even by today’s standards.