Even More Photos Of Marilyn Monroe---That Aren't Marilyn Monroe
The internet is full of photoshopped pictures of Marilyn. How do you tell which are real and which are fake? And why are photoshopped pictures so harmful both to Marilyn's legacy and to her fans? By Marijane Gray for Immortal Marilyn.
Why are Marilyn photoshops so damaging?
Make sure to check if the photo is real......
.....before you do this.
Examples of fake pictures
Here is a small sampling of some of the photoshopped images that circulate online most frequently. For a complete gallery of photoshopped pictures, please visit ImmortalMarilyn.com, where we have a team of Marilyn photo experts deconstructing fake images.
Ever wish Marilyn actually met Elvis? Or hung out with James Dean? Even though those events never happened, photoshopping makes a false history and narrative for their lives.
Making it more than it is....
There are only three existing pictures of Marilyn and John Kennedy in the same frame of a photo. None are remotely intimate, in all three of the pictures they are both surrounded by crowds of people. Since that's obviously not salacious enough to fit with a narrative people want to believe, they just make up their own photos to illustrate something that didn't happen.
One of the more baffling trends in Marilyn photoshops is to put Marilyn's face from one photo onto Marilyn's body from another photo. Some of these have even been used on officially licensed products. What on earth is the point? There are literally thousands of photos of Marilyn to choose from, why smash two together?
Your help needed!
While our team of photo experts is great at finding the original photos used in the mashed up pictures, these two have had us stumped. We can't find the original bodies used. Do you recognize the bodies that Marilyn's head was photoshopped onto? Please let us know!