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    My Photo Shoot with Marilyn Monroe’s Photographer, George Barris!

    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?

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    Nicole Weider is a Salem, Oregon native who moved to Los Angeles and quickly found success as a fashion model at the age of 17. Today, Nicole is an active wife, mom, producer, actress and author and has made it her mission to share her personal story, the bright moments and the challenges, with young women around the world.


    1. my biggest dream is to (after hopfully surviving highschool and college!)is to marry a great guy, start a church and a family. someday… but i cant seem to find a guy who has good intentions and a heart for God and loves me for..well me!…Ive seen glimpses of the plan He has for me but its just not coming together just yet.

    2. my biggest dream is (after surviving highschool/college, Hopefully!!) to marry a great guy and start a family, and a church. but i have yet to find a single guy who has a heart of worship for God, actually wants to ‘wait’ (if you get my drift) and loves me for.. well me! Ive seen glimpses of his plan and i am doing my absolute best to keep focused on Him first its hard not to get distracted and wonder “hmm could he be the one?…” in the middle of church too! *blush*

    3. I absolutely admire George Barris after seeing these pictures! I myself love to take photos and he is such a inspiration. Just by seeing these pictures it makes me wowed. I can sense how great photographer he is.
      I also love how the pool is full of sparkles.

    4. 1)I would love to be an actor
      2)Fall in love
      3)Follow all my passions, even the smaller ones

      The end:) I’m hoping for the first one but I’m not sure yet if that’s what God has for me. I know God has the second one in store for me somewhere- I just need patience! And for the last one, I just need perseverance and the compulsion to not take the easy route… in all I’m excited for God to use my passions and talents, even if it takes a while to figure out what they are! Thanks for this article, it was very inspiring. <3

    5. i want to marry a true man of God after i graduate from law school. i have always had a dream to be in TV and do such things as sing, act or be in dance movies.. i have been in pageants and have modeled before, but i wish i could go big

    6. Hi Nicole,

      Although admire you for wearing one piece bathing suits, I don’t think the suits are all modest. I think they are too revealing because you are showing cleavage. Enough cleavage for guys to lust over. Seeing this, I’m sure it would trigger something inside them to want to see more… which in the end ultimatly defeats the purpose of wearing a one piece to be modest! It creates a bad cycle. Let me put it to you this way, if I marry a good christian man who loves God, he will not want me showing my cleavage in public. He will feel as if I’m showing off to other men even though I’m not trying to. Men will lust over me either way! My husband wants me to be pure and he wants to be the only man who sees me! If I love him I will respect that. God wants us to be this pure out of marriage because HE, himself, wants me! He wants MY attention!

    7. My biggest dream is to be either a singer or an actress. But I have no idea at all how to go about getting noticed. Plus I can’t get noticed for a long time because I’m going to go to college and get a degree first…and I have absolutely no idea what to do in college. I’m lost on where to go with my life :/

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