Marilyn Monroe is known today as the most famous sex symbol of the 1950s and 60s — perhaps of all time. Her life and career as an actress, in many ways, has defined American culture from that time period until today.
Marilyn was often misunderstood, and she had a lot to say about the typical way of doing things. She didn't subscribe to the previously held notions about sexuality and didn't let anyone in Hollywood boss her around. The press criticized her, the industry ridiculed her, and through it all, she came out strong and made a name for herself. She may have been diva-ish at times and a bit of a perfectionist, but this starlet broke ceilings and cultural stereotypes in a way that changed Hollywood forever.
Today, Marilyn is still an icon in pop-culture and an inspiration to women everywhere. She was an ambitious woman in a world that told her that nothing about her mattered besides the way she looked. She arduously pursued her passion despite industry leaders putting her down and paying her unfairly. Best of all, she maintained her composure through it all. Marilyn Monroe was beautiful, bold, and the world will never forget her — the photos below show us exactly why.