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to think Marilyn Monroe probably WAS a size 16 after all?

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MsWetherwax Wed 06-Mar-13 13:05:55

I have spent the last 2 days clearing out DM's attic, and found loads of old clothes up there (the house has been in the family a long time and has a large attic) including my great aunts wedding dress. She got married in 1960.

My dgm often referred to this aunt as being quite stout, and her wedding dress was a 16. I tried it on, as you do. I am a size 12, bmi of 25, 5'6". It was too small. By quite a margin. sad I am nearly 40, and have been aware that vanity sizing was on the generous side, but this has really shocked me.

Having spent the rest of the evening "investigating" this by trying on more motheaten vintage clothing we discovered a size 10 in 1960 was about a size 6 now. (Dsis is a 10 and needed at least 3 more inches around the waist, although the wedding dress fitted beautifully) and that it wasn't just the wedding dress that didn't fit me, there were 3 more dresses in there, all size 16, and all too small. sad

digerd Fri 08-Mar-13 13:06:12

Diana Dors was definitely no size 10. All the sex bomb film stars looked like healthy women with curvy hips even in the 30s. Not like today's scrawny/skinny look.
I remember hearing that MM was a size 14 decades ago. She certainly had lovely shaped legs.

Lindy123 Fri 08-Mar-13 16:32:19

I have always been a big Monroe fan and her weight went up and down just like ours today. She was actually at one of her her largest sizes in Some Like It Hot which still wasn't big. If you look at photos of her just before she died, she was skinny. The famous pose of her naked when she was young she was super slim. Marilyn just like us today was a notorious comfort Eater-drinker. Mainly champagne!

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