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How Much Did Marilyn Monroe Weigh?

Pictured when a teenager

Marilyn’s weight fluctuated, but her normal weight was 118 pounds (53.5 kilograms). Her weight went up and down so dramatically during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl that the costume designer, Beatrice Dawson, had to create facsimile dresses in different sizes. “I have two ulcers from this film,” she is reported to of said, “and they’re both monogrammed MM.” Her highest weight was 140 pounds.

Although Marilyn’s weight and dimensions are similar to current high fashion models, she was too short by current day standards at 5′ 5½” (166.62 centimeters); the cutoff today at the Blue Book Model Agency where Norma started is 5′ 8″. Her height would have made her seem wide. Her dress size was 12.

While Marilyn certainly was not overweight, these numbers go to prove that you do not have to be super thin to be sexy. Here is a book to help you cultivate your inner Marilyn Monroe :)

By the Numbers…
Measurements (studio’s claim): 37-23-36 (inches), 93.9 – 58.4 – 91.4 (centimeters)
Measurements (dressmaker’s claim): 35-22-35 (inches), 88.9 – 55.8 – 88.9 (centimeters)
Height: 5 feet, 5½ inches, 166.62 (centimeters)
Weight: 118 pounds, 53.5 kilograms
Dress size: 12 / Pant Size: 8 / Bra Size: 36D
Shoe Size: 7AA (US), 38-39 (European)

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April 1, 2014 at 1:21 am #38377


Marilyn was gorgeous, not just because of her figure, but she had a beautiful face, stunning eyes! I don’t resemble her, but am blonde with an hourglass shape that doesn’t vary with weight. It’s the small rib cage. Whether 105 or 150 lb., at 5′ 7″, my waist (22 – 28) has always been at least 9 – 11 inches smaller than bust and hips, which are always the same (33 – 37). My waist gets smaller with exercise, but no point since it’s hard enough to find jeans to fit. At 20, I had a 22″ waist; after two kids, it was 24″. Right now, at 76, I am 36C – 27 – 36, at about 128 lb. I have some 2s, but mostly 4s and 6s. Being an hourglass can be bad with weight gain — the effect is a sack of potatoes tied in the middle. This may account for the rumors about Marilyn being big. She wasn’t. I saw her movies.

March 31, 2014 at 6:19 pm #38364


did people call her fat

March 31, 2014 at 6:19 pm #38365


did people call her fat

March 31, 2014 at 6:18 pm #38363


she was skinny

March 31, 2014 at 6:18 pm #38362


she was skinny

March 17, 2014 at 5:30 am #37668


Marilyn Monroe was curvy and no were near a size 2. Whoever said that is stupid. 118 pounds was obviously her fake weight, considering she was curvy and that’s actually quite skinny. All models have fake measurements. She was probably closer to 140 to 160 pounds when she was famous.

December 31, 2013 at 6:44 am #33624


Well I’m a 13 year old who is 5’8.5 and weighs from 140-150 and wear a size 3-5 pants. I’m saying this because I’m sure every girl is going to want to be her but you’re beautiful just as you are

December 30, 2013 at 8:06 pm #33595

Elizabeth white


Here is a link that will have evidence that she was skinnier than a size 2 today. If your going to promote her as someone who wasn’t super skinny and that women can feel better that their not. Then get your facts straight because many would kill to be a size two today.

December 28, 2013 at 11:06 pm #33483


Who cares whats your height and weight, it doesnt matter if you have her same dress size, you wont never be like her, her face and incredibly small waist say enough. Stop trying to compare yourselves.

December 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm #32342


I’m 5’7 and weigh 115-120 pounds. My measurements are 34, 24, 32. I believe her measurements were healthy, true and goddess-like. Comparing her figure to my own she was curvy because of her height- due to the fact I’m somewhat tall, I am pretty flat chested. She was naturally beautiful and charismatic, I believe we all wish to be “The Modern Monroe”, and luckily we are able to do so without being stick thin.

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