As many of you may know, I’m a big fan of Marilyn Monroe. One of the people who helped Marilyn establish her iconic image was legendary photographer George Barris. I heard he was going to be at an art gallery in Beverly Hills this past June 1st to celebrate Marilyn’s 85th birthday, and people could get the chance to meet him and have him sign autographs.
I was so excited! About a week before the event, I heard a small voice whispering in my heart (I know it’s God speaking to me when I hear this). He was saying, “Ask him to photograph you.” I was thinking “What?! that’s crazy! He’s a legendary photographer whose pictures sell for $20,000 or more! There is no way he would do that!” I kept hearing, “Well, ask him.”
So this is what happened: I bought a card from Hallmark saying that I was a big, big fan of his work and that I had been praying to God for him to photograph me (and I prayed to God about 1,000 times) and in the card said it would be my dream come true if he would! I left my phone number in there and expected to never hear from him again. About a week later, my phone rang and it was him asking me if I still wanted him to photograph me.
I was shocked. But at the same time, I knew that God placed that little promise in my heart for a reason! I was so overjoyed and ecstatic, I praised God continually! This photoshoot will be one of the most memorable ones of my whole life, and I thank God for His wonderful blessing. In one of the pictures is my friend Christina (and PI blogger!) because I wanted her to be a part of this shoot. I hope you enjoy the pictures! 🙂
Here are some of the photos that Barris took of Marilyn:
Beyond the beautiful face and glamorous style, Marilyn projected a vulnerability and accessibility that made her even more mesmerizing. These qualities were, sadly, brought about by a turbulent personal life, starting from her early childhood. She didn’t have any of the benefits of growing up in a stable family with two loving parents. From a very early age, she was orphaned – her mother was a patient in a mental institution.
Once Marilyn became a Hollywood star, she became the victim of the pressures that come with fame – including the lack of meaningful relationships, especially those with men. She was married and divorced several times and her career, to her dismay, revolved more around her looks than her talent. She relied on pills and alcohol to help her cope – and this was the lifestyle she was leading when she was found dead at the age of 36.
Marilyn Monroe was a beautiful woman who deserved to have a beautiful life full of happiness and peace. I blame The Devil’s Playground for bringing Miss Monroe so much sorrow.
I was lucky enough recently to meet the legendary photographer George Barris and I did a photo shoot with him! Take a look!
I feel so lucky that with God’s love I am able to have these amazing experiences – even to spend time working with a legendary photographer who knew Marilyn Monroe!
Girls, if you follow God’s path and pray for the things that you want in your life, God will make them happen! Follow your dreams and don’t let The Devil’s Playground dictate how you feel about yourself. You are beautiful and you deserve all the love and success in the world! So let your beauty shine through!
Tell me girls, what’s your biggest dream in life?