15 Quotes Prove Marilyn Monroe Knew Everything About REAL Beauty

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SO much more than meets the eye.

If you know anything about Marilyn Monroe — and I mean anything — then it’s probably her signature platinum blonde hair and her pout.

Simply put, Marilyn was STUNNING. Of course she was! We’ve all seen pictures of her. Her beauty was almost otherworldly, and even after more than 50 years later, she’s still considered the ideal symbol of beauty.

But more than her sexy looks, hourglass shape and breathy voice, she was smart. And she owned it.


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She knew, like you and I know even now, that there is a huge controversy around what size woman is most beautiful, or grouping “plus size” women into an entirely different category in the fashion industry as if they’re a totally different species.

But even when people questioned (and still do question) her size, she shot it all down, always saying that there was more to beauty than your physical appearance.

Sadly, people didn’t give Marilyn Monroe the credit she deserved for her intelligence; she was FAR from the dumb blonde she played in a lot of her movies, yet that was her most common role.


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But even with these hardships and criticism surrounding her, Marilyn Monroe was NOT a pushover.

She spent a lot of her time making sure young girls — and women who didn’t have the same hourglass shape as her — knew how important inner beauty and intelligence were.

She knew that she was a sex symbol and that so many people coveted her body, but she desperately tried to be more than that.


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All of this is what makes her one of my biggest role models, and why she should be yours, too.

She’s taught me that you can be pretty and smart (an important lesson for a girl at any age), and that having a multi-faceted personality is so much sexier than good hair and a nice butt.

Keep reading for some of Marilyn Monroe’s BEST quotes about real beauty and why being beautiful on the inside is SO important.

 

If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve got the best quotes to share and savor. For quotes from the most inspiring celebs, activists, and poets, look no further! You might even find the quote that motivates the best parts of your life (and love!) forever.

On being yourself.

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” — Marilyn Monroe

On loving your body.

“To all the girls that think you’re ugly because you’re not a size 0, you’re the beautiful one. It’s society who’s ugly.” — Marilyn Monroe

On being a woman.

“Your clothes should be tight enough to show you’re a woman, but loose enough to show you’re a lady.” — Marilyn Monroe

On always listening to yourself.

“Always be yourself, retain individuality, listen to the truest part of yourself.” — Marilyn Monroe

On not caring what others think.

“When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them.” — Marilyn Monroe

On being loyal to yourself.

“I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.” — Marilyn Monroe

On accepting who you are.

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” — Marilyn Monroe

On not judging a book by its cover.

“Boys think girls are like books. If the cover doesn’t catch their eye, they won’t bother to read what’s inside.” — Marilyn Monroe

On agelessness.

“I don’t mind being burdened with being glamourous and sexual. Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.” — Marilyn Monroe

On succeeding.

“I live to succeed. Not to please you or anyone else.” — Marilyn Monroe

On committing to your work.

“If I play a stupid girl and ask a stupid question, I’ve got to follow it through. What am I supposed to do, look intelligent?” — Marilyn Monroe

On being your own hero.

“How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.” — Marilyn Monroe

On being a sex symbol.

“A sex symbol becomes a thing. I hate being a thing.” — Marilyn Monroe

On being smart.

“A wise girl knows her limits. A smart girl knows that she has none.” — Marilyn Monroe

On encouraging young girls.

“No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t.” — Marilyn Monroe

 

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