Some Like It Hot, and others, including the fargone directors of Marilyn Monroe‘s film of the same name, like it powdered, platinum-coiffed, and pretty just like Ms. Monroe. The sweet-natured sex bomb with the salacious life story and sorrowful ending is currently the subject of an Oscar-hopeful film starring Michelle Williams called My Week With Marilyn. Hopping on the never-stopping Marilyn Monroe train is producer Harvey Weinstein who wants none other than[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Katy Perry[/lastfm] to play Monroe on Broadway.
Despite Monroe’s soft exterior, the sad sex symbol had a thorny edge to her childlike nature which makes her perfect for the good-girl-gone-naughty image of many pop stars.
When trying to channel their voluptuous retro ingenue, many pop stars have chosen Monroe as their icon which is why we made this list of the Top Ten Marilyn Monroe Moments In Pop Music.
Although Britney Spears doesn’t seem to have any “defined” Marilyn Monroe moments, the soft-spoken blonde bombshell and little-girl-lost attitude is very Marilyn. Spears even looks shockingly Marilyn in this Pepsi ad.
Confident, brassy, and sexy, Rihanna has a much stronger “energy” than Marilyn Monroe; she’s more of a risktaker than an ingenue. But that doesn’t mean that fun-loving pop star doesn’t soften up well. Rihanna rocked her best platinum Marilyn due and come-hither eyes for this Vogue cover.
Beyonce has rocked many looks in her career and many have had subtle nods to Marilyn Monroe with retro-hair or red-hot lipstick. She looks very Marilyn in this video for “Why Don’t You Love Me,” especially so in the dramatic crying scene.
Mariah Carey wanted to re-create Marilyn Monroe’s early days with her performance for the troops in Korea in her video for “I Still Believe.” The only thing different was the hair color, but hey, Marilyn was a natural brunette! And a pretty sexy one too.
Nothing is really Marilyn about the golden-skinned, glowing goddess that is Jennifer Lopez, but the star decided to go a little old school when she donned a Marilyn-esque outfit and sang “Happy Birthday” Mr. President-style to George Lopez.
Considered by many to be the “modern day version of Marilyn Monroe,” Katy Perry is quirky and silly, but still sexy–just like Marilyn. She’s more like the technicolor, anime version of Marilyn to us, which makes her not “very” Marilyn, but we still think Katy looks great in all her retro-styled outfits.
The epitome of style, class, and womanhood, Gwen Stefani’s life has been blessed in many more ways than Marilyn’s but she still evokes that sense of elusive sadness that Marilyn had, especially in the video for her song “Cool.”
Mother Monster can transform into anyone she wants to be and there have been times that, whether platinum or turquoise-coiffed, Lady Gaga has done a spot-on Marilyn look.
Our favorite Christina look was Back To Basics Christina. That look was so Marilyn it was both shocking and titillating to the masses. It also helped inspired a whole retro-slanted fashion craze that is still popular today.
Of course, Madonna is still the “Queen” of Pop. Her iconic protrayal of Marilyn in her “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” scene was one of the inspirations for many pop stars today.
- Did we miss any Marilyn Monroe moments in pop? Let us know in the comments!