9 Hollywood Stars Talk Marilyn Monroe's Influence
The film icon would have been 89 years old on June 1, and to celebrate her birthday, we've rounded up nine celebs who've been influenced (for better or for worse) by the '50s siren.
Love her or hate her, there's no denying the Marilyn Monroe has had an immeasurable influence on modern Hollywood. From her evocative sexuality to her drug-induced downward spiral, the icon's life — cut short at only age 36 — has served as a source of both inspiration and caution for many in the business.
To celebrate what would have been her 89th birthday, we've rounded up nine celebrities who have weighed in on Monroe's still-powerful Hollywood presence.
"I have insecurities like any girl. I used to be really shy and unconfident. I hated being tall. Walking the red carpet is so scary, so I pretend to be Marilyn Monroe — someone who owned their sexuality and projected this incredible aura of self-confidence." — More!
"I think any woman who is curvy and wears a gown to an event is, like, super sexualized. I’ve always been curvy. It runs in the family. Throw on an evening frock and it’s like all of a sudden you have boobs and everyone is like: ‘bombshell!’ Instantly it was: ‘The new Marilyn [Monroe].'" — Us
"Sex and sexuality are a part of nature, and I go along with nature. I think Marilyn Monroe said that, and I agree with her. Knowing your body and being in touch with your body is important because it gives you confidence, and in life, women need confidence." — Playboy
Kanye West on Kim Kardashian:
"They are empowering us over Vanity Fair, that wants to say that Kate Upton is Marilyn Monroe. Kate Upton ain’t Marilyn Monroe. Kim is Marilyn Monroe, you know that. She was controversial. She [is] controversial." — Power 105
"I have always been drawn to Marilyn, but that doesn’t make me special in any way. She has that magnetism and that draw for so many people, so I read about her when I was young, devouring biographies. I’m most interested in her life before she became Marilyn. For me, the interest wasn’t so much in this larger-than-life personality." — The Telegraph
"I always thought Marilyn was so beautiful and iconic, it was amazing to even be mentioned in the same sentence as her. But I feel like nowadays it's easy to be genuine and show your personality, whereas I don't think Marilyn had that opportunity. And clearly she had a dark side, and I don't have that." — British Vogue
"I really admire Marilyn Monroe, but I would never try to emulate her. I got the [Marilyn] tattoo as a warning. It warns me not to let myself be treated so badly by the film industry so that it breaks me down." — Us
"There's nobody in the world like me. I think every decade has an iconic blonde — like Marilyn Monroe or Princess Diana — and right now, I'm that icon." — Sunday Times
"I do feel something for Marilyn Monroe. A sympathy. Because in those days, you were really a slave to the whole Hollywood machinery, and unless you had the strength to pull yourself out of it, you were just trapped. I think she really didn't know what she was getting herself into and simply made herself vulnerable, and I feel a bond with that." — Rolling Stone