Born Norma Jean Baker in Los Angeles, Marilyn later became a model and decided that to stand out from the crowd she needed to dye her brunette hair blonde. She certainly became noticed and when the opportunity arose to make films, she adopted her mother's maiden name and a first name she was advised matched her blonde bombshell image, and reluctantly became Marilyn Monroe wearing distinctive Marilyn Monroe dresses which are regularly requested as Marilyn Monroe fancy dress.
Marilyn made many memorable films - 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', 'Some Like It Hot' amongst others, and 'Seven Year Itch' when she wore a famous Marilyn Monroe outfit, whilst stood over an air grate causing the skirt of her dress to blow over her head. The iconic image of this Marilyn Monroe dress is responsible for the popularity of Marilyn Monroe costumes and Marilyn Monroe fancy dress.
Marilyn Monroe outfits and her sexy image still evoke adoration so long after her premature and controvertial death aged 36 years. People love to dress in Marilyn Monroe costumes and become her, if only for a fleeting time.