Would you like to see some newly released images from Marilyn Monroe’s very first photo shoot, back when she was still Norma Jean Dougherty? Of course you would. Furthermore, if you have a spare chunk of change lying around, you can own these images as well. This is because the photographer who took them, Joseph Jagur, is auctioning them off in an effort to pay off his debts. What is it with great photographers and massive, crippling debt?
The photos, taken in 1946 when she was just 21, show the first glimmers of star power in young Norma Jean, as well as how much she changed visually as she grew into being Marilyn Monroe. I’m especially taken with her smile; that endless row of chiclet teeth carried her through quite a lot.