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.

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

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