This piece was my first try at the Bulgarian technique of making the faces look more plastic. It was a fun esperiment done on velour with pastels. It was sold to a private collector and is shown at museum exhibits often.
Many people believe that Marilyn was a larger “plus sized” woman. Even celebrities have chimed in on Marilyn’s weight and clothing size. Available documentation verifies Marilyn’s height and weight at several different times during her life, and her first modeling contract verifies her measurements:
August 2, 1945
Blue Book Modeling Agency
5’ 6”, 120lbs
August 5, 1962
LA Coroner Medical Report
5’ 5 1/25”, 117lbs
While these documents suggest that her weight was a constant 117-120lbs, she was actually much heavier during the late 1950s, for example, the Some Like It Hot premiere on March 29, 1959 (below). Some have speculated she weighed close to 140 lbs at this point.