I've recently been reading some biographies or Marilyn Monroe and stiudying the photos of her that litter the internet in what seems to be an ever increasing number. Her life was absoltuely inriguing, inspirational and positive in some ways and a terrible warning in others. Just for a moment I choose to emphasise the inspirational aspects.
She made exactly the same choices that high class escorts working on the Costa Del Sol do when they contact Ibiza escort agencies such as Allys Angels Escort Ibiza and Ibiza Beauties from the Ibiza Escort Agency. The exchange of youth, beauty and sex appeal in return for money is as old as the human race. It is not called the oldest profession for nothing. Incidentally, the second oldest profession is warrior. Human beings fuck and fight and have always been willing to pay people who do either better than the average.
There is no point redoing the well known and clichéd “born Norma Jean Mortensen, became Baker...” narrative. Nor even to re-describe and draw conclusions from the abuse she suffered from her step-father and others that was all too commonly the lot of girls in the “idyllic” mid twentieth century. Even less do I want to describe the abuse and painful disinterest that she experienced from her mentally ill mother. To paraphrase The X Files, the facts are all out there. Most of them are without dispute and are readily available in hundreds of books, articles and websites for those who are interested.
Equally well recorded is her conscious choice to use her body, face and physical attributes to get ahead. Well, initially she was simply trying to eat! While she was competing with thousands of other young girls trying to break into into Hollywood from modelling in the late 40s and early 50s, she (as was all too common) found herself literally in the position of having to fuck for food. The famous nude photos that eventually became the first cover on the launch issue of Playboy magazine were done out of necessity rather than cynical ambition like some “leaked” camera photos and sex tapes today. She was paid the princely sum of $50 for the photoshoot and all of that was spent on food and rent.
Even before she reached the “casting couch” stage she had to use men's desire for her in a very deliberate way to keep body and soul together. Was she exploited? Certainly. But was she using the predictable reaction of men to a face and body like hers to get what she wanted? Definitely.
Am I saying that I am inspired by Marilyns desperation? Of course not. What is inspiring is her focus and cold-eyed determination. She was willing tio use what she had to get what she wanted. And she perfected the art of being Marilyn the sex goddess a long time before Marilyn the actress even existed.