“How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.” — Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn for sure created her own world. Born Norma Jeane Mortensen Baker, she would have been 86 years old today. Yogi, model, roles on the big screen, singer and indefinitely the sex symbol of her time, there wasn’t much she didn’t do. That “Happy Birthday Mr. President” number is a piece of our cultural history and recreations of it are still attempted in movies and in general by the female populace—and that’s only one way that her spirit lives on.
Photos of her rocking out various yoga poses have been floating around for a while now and chances are you’ve come across one or two of her inspirational quotes as they are eternally embedded on sites far and wide across the net.
She brought new meaning to the term sex symbol, utterly comfortable with her sexuality as a woman, and maybe more importantly totally comfortable in her own skin—inspiring an entire generation of women who were well on there way to burning bras and making love to encourage nonviolence.
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” — Marilyn Monroe
To think of what she would have done had she lived is a wild ride for the imagination—if you think about it, she could have been alive today. To try to count all of the things she gave to the world while she was here is impossible. Sure, we can post quotes and pics and videos and produce movies and write books, but most of us will never be able to truly define the scope her impression made, especially in terms of cultural evolution. We have only what we are told.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” — Marilyn Monroe
So it is the least we can do to say, or sing, happy birthday to her spirit, which can still be found within the undertones of modern beauty. A pioneer of her time, Marilyn Monroe gives literal meaning to the term “gone, but never forgotten.”