(Closed) Marilyn Monroe's measurements

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Post # 47
561 posts
Busy bee

@vorpalette:  I’m approx her height and have very similar measurements, and I have always been a size 6 normally and higher in high end designer stuff. Being 4″ taller makes a big difference!

I do think that sizes have changed over time, though. A 12 from back then is not the same as a 12 is now. Just look at vintage clothes. Most people have to go up in size when buying those.


Post # 48
363 posts
Helper bee

Cool thanks for posting!  I don’t even understand sizes. I’m 5’8″ 120lbs and none of the jeans, pants, or dresses I wear are the same size…each store seems to vary. I’ll be a size 0 or 2 in Macy’s dresses, size 3/4 pants fit my legs but are too tight at the waist and too short in length, size 5/6 pants are comfy at the waist and the right length but baggy. Solution=yoga pants or hippie skirts. I’m so over having to try on 3 diff sizes per dress or pair of pants and then only being allowed to bring 5 items in the dressing room lol.

Post # 49
170 posts
Blushing bee

@vorpalette:  Yeah, sounds strange to me. My waist and hip measurements are the same as yours, but my bust is smaller, and I’m a size 2. I’m the same weight she was and 2 inches taller. Even considering that sizing is different than it used to be, I have bought quite a bit of vintage clothing and it’s never been bigger than a size 6 or 8. I would guess whoever says she’s a size 12 is trying to boost bigger girls’ self-esteem.

Post # 50
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@iarebridezilla:  Don’t even get me started on maternity clothes. I’m 4’11” belly bands are my only chance of getting throught pregnancy! I was a siz 4-8 (depending on the store of course) before, and even then I had to cuff petite jeans. Sizing today is just straight bat sh*t!

Post # 51
2454 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

@abirdword:  “As an aside, I recently went to Gap and I was swimming in the Small clothes.  XS fit me perfectly.  WTF?  No way am I an XS.  Vanity sizing’s seriously skewed things.”

PREACH IT SISTAH!  But for real.  I went from a M to S in the juniors for the most part (unless it’s tight on the chest, that’s my issue).  (And yes, I still wear juniors.)  And my pants size has gone down.  I weigh two pound more than I did in high school and I’m not more muscled and toned.  My size shold not be going down.

My sister has it worse though.  She’s been shafted to size 0 (she’s super toned).  What happens when the vanity sizing pushes her lower?  What the hell is she supposed to wear?  It’s ridiculous.

I hate hate hate the Marilyn Monroe thing.  “Oh, I’m x size, and Marilyn was a 12!  I’m not that far off!”  Bitch, please.  You can feel good about your body and be beautiful no matter what size you are, but please look at a picture of Marilyn.  Do you look like her?  No, you do not.  You are not close.  Stop using her to feel good.  Shut up.

Of course, you say that out loud to people you know, and you’re labeled as an insensitive bitch.

Post # 53
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

Post # 54
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@strawbabies:  Great link! I love how it talks about some of her old dresses being auctioned off: 

As a direct example of her size, the white dress she wore in The Seven Year Itch was recently auctioned off and was put on a mannequin that was a size 2, but they were still unable to zip up the dress as the mannequin was too big.  Many of her other dresses that exist from throughout her career match up to about the same, give or take an inch or two.  That being said, Marilyn Monroe at times would have her dresses so tight they’d have to be sown onto her, so something more comfortable…” (taken directly out of the text of the link)

Post # 55
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@iarebridezilla:  This made me giggle.  I’m a size 12, 5’3″ pregnant lady.  So… I need like a “maternity, plus, petite”.  Yes, I pretty much have to sew my own clothes.

Post # 56
7199 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

Maybe they meant 12 is her size in a wedding dress 😉

Post # 57
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@nanikoa:  Her arms look skinny to me, and her stomach is flat. Shes a thin woman in this picture as well lol

Post # 58
4655 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@vorpalette:  Yeah I was going, in what world is a 23.5 inch waist = size 12? She was still quite slender, obviously, just with some serious curves in either direction.

Post # 59
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m more surprised that she weighed 118 with those measurements! I definitely weigh over that, and I’m shorter with smaller measurements. So what gives? I’m guessing women didn’t work out as much back then and muscle weighs more than fat? Hmmm…

@abirdword: Agreed, vanity sizing is ridiculous. I’m basically sized out of clothes at Gap and Old Navy, and I recently bought a dress from Ann Taylor that is a size 0. I am certainly not near a size zero in normally sized clothes. It’s kind of silly — it doesn’t boost my confidence so much as make me think, “Wow, these sizes are really off!”

Post # 60
6290 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@vorpalette:  Her bust and hip measurements would be a UK size 12, or US size 8; her waist measurement would put her at a UK size 8, or US size 4; so yeah, no way is she a US size 12 lol.

HOWEVER, clothes sizes have changed dramatically. I used to be big into vintage clothing, and a UK size 10/US size 6 from 50 years ago would be the equivalent of a UK size 4-6/US size 0-2 now. I bought a skirt suit that was a size 10 for the jacket, and the skirt was TINY; the waist was probably about 20 inches.

Post # 61
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@vorpalette:  sizes have changed she would be a 2 or a 4

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