Retro Snap: This Might Be The World’s Most Famous Actress

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Though this actress does look extremely out of character here…

It’s Marilyn Monroe dressed up as silent screen sex symbol Theda Bara, most famous for her role in Cleopatra. It’s actually amazing how unrecognizable Marilyn Monroe looks in most of this series taken by Richard Avedon in 1957. Though, to be fair, it could just be that everyone looks somewhat unrecognizable if you have them wear enormous hair-dresses and tons of eye make-up. Or it could be that Marilyn Monroe was a blank slate who could project the spirit of anyone in fashion photography. Either/or!

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