Marilyn (Plus) in the Erotic Arena

Andre de Dienes’ photos of Marilyn at Tobay Beach, N.Y. in 1949 are featured in the latest issue of biannual style mag Arena Homme Plus, in a lavish feature on the history of erotica. The layout pays homage to the girlie magazines Marilyn graced in her pin-up days. Incidentally, she wore a white bathing suit (covered here with Keith Haring-style doodles.)

The issue also boasts a photo essay about the 1980s London club culture. Model Els Wright appears as a Marilyn impersonator recreating the ‘subway scene’ from The Seven Year Itch, similar to lookalikes of that era such as Pauline Bailey and Kay Kent.

Another ‘behind-the-scenes’ shot is reminiscent of Richard Avedon’s so-called ‘Sad Marilyn’ series from 1957. And as you can see below, Els’ look is a remarkable transformation!

Thanks to A Passion for Marilyn