This stunning collection of Marilyn Monroe in the nude has been released to mark the 50th anniversary of the tragic starlet’s death.
Playboy magazine has delved deep into its exclusive 10 million photo archive to publish rare shots of her iconic beauty throughout her career.
‘It’s truly about the compilation and the manner in which it’s put together,’ expressed Jimmy Jellinek, the editorial director of Playboy.
This showcases her life’s arc. It is the first time we have shown the entirety of our collection, from the beginning days to almost the end of her life.
Images of a meticulously curated collection, The Naked Marilyn, are featured in Playboy’s exclusive bundle. Ms. Monroe continues to captivate the globe half a century following her passing.
The package includes an excerpt from novelist John Updike, recollections from Playboy Publisher Hugh Hefner, and editorials from Roger Ebert and Kim Morgan.
Playboy had a lengthy association with Ms Monroe. The inaugural edition of Playboy showcased Ms Monroe as the cover model.
According to Ebert, the creation of Hef’s latest publication could be accurately described as being acquired by Hefner, featuring Monroe on a luxurious red fabric, showcasing the renowned photograph taken by Tom Kelley.
‘It justified the exposure of nudity by personifying it in arguably the most renowned woman in America,’ Mr Ebert expresses.
The upcoming December cover of Playboy guarantees to showcase the full spectrum of her power and beauty, featuring a range of classic nude photos from her first days as a pin-up girl to her latest pictorials, capturing the attention of renowned photographers around the world.
This is the final nude photograph of Ms. Monroe, captured only two days prior to her passing, and it is one of Lawrence Schiller’s photographs.
Many photos were taken spontaneously. Some movie sets were captured by her, and some were taken at her home by the pool or in bed.
Mr Jellinek stated that everything hinged on her temperament. Certain photographs were captured in Beverly Hills at midnight, employing only a headlamp for illumination.
She was essentially two individuals – Marilyn Monroe, the glamorous performer, and Norma Jean, the delicate, harmed young girl.
‘Inside her, there were two individuals engaged in a conflict, which fascinated the viewers. The photographs vividly depict this captivating situation.’
Mr Ebert states that Ms Monroe had a unique bond with her supporters.
Nudity was both exquisite and authentic. It felt complicit to view it as something sinful or shameful, but we couldn’t help but admire her. She granted us permission to be invulnerable, emanating a sense of control. Mr. Ebert also writes about this.
The photographer told Mr. Schiller to send Playboy the nudes when she got something from the end of her life. That was true from the red velvet shot of the swimming pool.
Ms Morgan observed, “That is artwork. Marilyn’s artwork. That is courageous. That is powerful. Fragile visuals, melancholic visuals, more intense sensual visuals, to produce, also, to lessen the brightness, and she possessed the intellect and charm to ignite that internal illumination, the talent bestowed upon her by God.”
Is the large man with the pipe and robe pleased with the assortment?
‘Hef is exceedingly joyful,’ Mr Jellinek expressed. ‘She was his beloved, undoubtedly. And he particularly adores the gilded foil cover.’
But let Mr Hefner express his own thoughts.
Mr Hefner, in a statement published by the Daily Mail, recollected, “She exhibited the utmost authority when she was unclothed.” A state of authority for her signified a state of susceptibility for others.
The December edition will be available for purchase on November 20th.