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


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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.


While some women delude themselves into thinking that Marilyn Monroe was a ‘curvy’ woman trying to somehow justify their own shortcomings, the truth of the matter is that she wasn’t much different than the actresses of today. If anything, nowadays actresses benefit a great deal from fotoshopping and similar software designed to modify pictures into looking better than the reality they were supposed to be representing.

The reason why some people think otherwise is because Marilyn often spoke about feeling comfortable the way she was. Now, if you were to apply those quotes to pictures of Marilyn Monroe taken right before her death, you may get a very different picture of who she was. Because of her constant battling with depression and because of her many poor life choices, she did get a bit chubby at some point, yet this is in no way representative of how she usually looked like.

All things considered, Marilyn Monroe wasn’t exactly a curvy woman, if anything, she was quite thin. The fashion industry, as well as show business, have always been obsessed with thin, good-looking women, which is why they always strive to sign women that fit the part and Marilyn Monroe was no different. Although they were different times, Marilyn Monroe was quite a looker and all the myths about her supposed curvy-ness appear to complete rubbish.