If you had a sneaking suspicion that your life would be exponentially improved by channelling Marilyn Monroe day-to-day, your suspicions were correct. In a newly-unearthed interview from Pageant magazine in 1952, the Hollywood bombshell reveals a bout of frankly aspirational health and beauty advice.
Citing her “languorous disposition”, Marilyn outright refused to move at a fast pace, sometimes taking more than two hours to wake up.
“I hate to do things in a hurried, tense atmosphere, and it is virtually impossible for me to spring out of bed in the morning,” she says. “On Sunday, which is my one day of total leisure, I sometimes take two hours to wake up, luxuriating in every last moment of drowsiness. Depending upon my activities, I sleep between five and ten hours every night.”
Marilyn also says sleeping naked is conducive with a better night’s sleep. “I sleep in an extra-wide single bed, and I use only one heavy down comforter over me, summer or winter,” she says. “I have never been able to wear pyjamas or creepy nightgowns; they disturb my sleep.”
Monroe’s approach to exercise is also refreshing, keeping workouts to a minimum, with a simple morning routine, usually only 10 minutes, done in her own bedroom.
Disputing the opinion of the entire human race, Marilyn insists that “she’s never considered her own figure so exceptional” and that “until recently, [she] seldom gave it any thought at all.” “My single biggest concern used to be getting enough to eat,” she says.
The exercises themselves are simple:
“Each morning after I brush my teeth, wash my face and shake off the first deep layer of sleep, I lie down on the floor beside my bed and begin my first exercise. It is a simple bust-firming routine which consists of lifting five-pound weights from a spread-eagle arm position to a point directly above my head. I do this 15 times, slowly. I repeat the exercise another 15 times from a position with my arms above my head. Then, with my arms at a 45-degree angle from the floor, I move my weights in circles until I’m tired. I don’t count rhythmically like the exercise people on the radio; I couldn’t stand exercise if I had to feel regimented about it.”
Marilyn’s other beauty tidbits include keeping away from tanning (“I’m personally opposed to a deep tan because I like to feel blond all over”), never getting involved in sports (“I’ll leave those things to the men”) and indulging in a nightly ice cream sundae (“I’m sure I couldn’t allow myself this indulgence were it not that my normal diet is composed almost totally of protein foods”).
So there you have it: More sleep, less yoga, more ice cream, less Bondi Sands. Marilyn Monroe certainly is a beauty icon we can get behind.