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.

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)

For more Marilyn information, please check out our facts page. For a write up on her diet, please go to the diet page.

22 thoughts on “How Much Did Marilyn Monroe Weigh?”

  1. I wish this was still the standard today–this is almost my EXACT height and weight. I am a little self conscious because I was very thin my entire life (under 110 lbs) without having to try, being able to eat whatever I wanted, but when I hit my twenties I started to fill out more. Even with diet and exercise I can never seem to get down to my high school weight. But this makes me feel better–so I have hips and thighs and breasts now. My boyfriend definitely isn’t complaining! I hope Hollywood changes its standards and starts to idolize normal, healthy women!

  2. sorry to say but someone who had the almost exact measurements of Marilyn and it’s similar to her 36-D bust line 24 – 25 inch waist and 36 inch hips would wear anywhere from a size 8 to size 12 whether or not you had to do alternations or added a few pounds here or there.

  3. There is Smyth perpetuated by Garry’s who are too lazy to lose weight that mm was a size 14 (australian). Obviously at 168 cam and 52-53 kg she is more like an Aussie size 8. Maybe a 10. Sorry girls.

      1. I also have to say that the fact that she was between 118-140 is awesome!! This really makes us girls feel good! There’s definitely nothing to be sorry about, this boosted our confidence.

  4. I adore Marilyn ♥ & I am close to her measurements I’m 5 foot 6 & weigh 118-120 pounds and I wear a size 3-5 in pants 3 is pretty tight on me sometimes or with dresses I pick a smaller size if i want them fitted sometimes I have to sew in the waist with my clothes my measurements are 34-22-34 ♥

      1. If u want to know what her figure looked like go on the sites where they have auctioned her clothes. The Today Show had many gowns not long ago. It’s funny to hear women say..oh I must look like MM….what made her unique is the fact NO ONE THEN AND NOW looked or looks like her figure. It’s not your measurements. …it’s where every ounce is placed. That is called heridity. I am 5’7…weigh 120….but no one had her waist correct if u look at those gowns. Let MM stand alone as the beautiful sex symbol she still is. If u think u look like that girls……go to Hollywood! !!!!

      2. Do most women know their thigh and calf measurements also???? MM loved Capri pants because they accentuated both of those!!!!…..people she was MM the star for a reason. ..live with that.

  5. Just goes to show you weight is meaningless in the scheme of things. She had such a tiny waist and huge boobs and bigger hips in comparison to me but I’m 5’5 118 lbs too! And sizes vary so much today and probably even more in comparison to what they were back then that size numbers are pretty meaningless too; I can range anywhere from a size 2 all the way to size 6 in women’s or a size 3-7 in juniors. Who knows what she’d be today.

  6. I’m so glad I found this website! It makes me feel better about my self and like the sentence says you don’t have to be tall and skinny to be sexy. I’m only about 5’4 and skinny also but the makes me feel better about it. So thank you to who ever created this website

  7. Hey Daniel – they were simply converting from English to metric- she wasn’t measured in Metric its called conversion for you anal types who don’t have a life and need to nitpick :D

  8. 5’5″, 118 pounds is my size. No way she wore a size 12 dress or size 8 pant!!!! Size 4 dress and size 4 to 6 pant!!!!!

    1. She had big hips… I have a friend who is a size 8 and she’s 120 pounds tops. Also this says her weight fluctuated between 118-140.

  9. No one’s height is so precise that it can be measure to the tenth of a millimetre. Heights are always stated to the nearest whole centimetre.

    The mass is correct, since you have three digits in pounds and numeracy would dictate only three digits be displayed for kilograms. Rounding to the nearest 500 g would be sufficient to cover the uncertainty of the original measurement.

    Centimetres and kilograms do not need to be spelled out. It is perfectly normal to use approved symbols. The symbol for centimetre is cm and for kilogram it is kg. All small letters.

    Please correct these errors!

  10. This is ridiculous and shows a high degree of innumeracy and ignorance. There is no way, even on the day she was measured that it worked out to an exact number of inches. With only whole inches stated, metric values would more correctly be rounded either to the nearest whole centimetre or the nearest 5 cm.

    So, in the first example it would be more correct to state as either 94-58-91 or 95-60-90

    The second example would be 89-56-89 or 90-55-90.

    No one’s height is so precise that it can be measure to the tenth of a millimetre. Heights are always stated to the nearest whole centimetre.

    The mass is correct, since you have three digits in pounds and numeracy would dictate only three digits be displayed for kilograms. Rounding to the nearest 500 g would be sufficient to cover the uncertainty of the original measurement.

    Centimetres and kilograms do not need to be spelled out. It is perfectly normal to use approved symbols. The symbol for centimetre is cm and for kilogram it is kg. All small letters.

    Please correct these errors!

    1. erm.. my height, weight, circumference of my body and all my arms, legs etc (bodybuilder) has always been perfectly on the inch mark, so its not impossible lol

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