This tale starts with a date.
Thursday night this week was Date Night with my OH. Grown-up time. Rare and precious. We started the evening in one of my all-time-favourite London places; the National Portrait Gallery. I love the NPG truly, madly, deeply. There’s something so perfectly London and so completely fascinating about its charming juxtraposition of history, art and personalities. And on Thursday nights you can add music and a little cheeky G&T to the mix.
This week there was a temporary exhibition on Marilyn Monroe photographs. Last year’s My Week with Marilyn (a very charming film) rekindled my interest in the glorious sad beauty of Norma Jean Baker. This exhibition was small but very sweet. What really struck me anew was her luminous sensuality – and, frankly, how extremely unskinny she was. A pre-Kate Moss time when proper curves and cute wobbliness were acceptable and desirable.
So, as Carrie Bradshaw used to put it: ‘this got me thinking’.
Pregnancy and new motherhood tends to make many of us more curvaceous. Marilyn was the epitome of femininity and she wore those curves with a sexy confidence. She was ‘all woman’. As a mother or a mum-to-be we’re really as feminine, as womanly as we’ll get. So we should wear those curves with pride and confidence. Make like Marilyn and revel in them.
After all, one of the deepest tragedies of Marilyn’s life was her inability to have children. We are so lucky. And a less than stick-thing figure and slightly rounded body did no harm to Marilyn’s ‘IT’ appeal. It’s all about a smile and the confidence, not just about a fully-toned, skinny set of abs.
Think of Marilyn. Enjoy this terribly short life with the body you have. Cherish the curves.
And remember her timeless style advice for va-va-voom appeal which sums up our design philosophy at Bb too.
“Your clothes should be loose enough to show you’re a lady but tight enough to show you’re a woman.”
See some more beautiful pictures of Marilyn here.