60 Photos of Marilyn Monroe Like You've Never Seen Her Before

By Sarah Norman | December 16, 2023

Blue Book Model Norma Jeane Mortenson poses for a hair products advertisement in 1945.

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Monroe started taking photos for the U.S. Army Air Force First Motion Picture Unit to encourage female workers working in factories. None of the pictures were used and after quitting, she began modeling for photographer David Conover. While it would be truly fascinating to see these photos in person, they were likely destroyed shortly after the war.

Norma Jeane Mortenson poses for a portrait in 1946 in Los Angeles, California, shortly before changing her name to Marilyn Monroe

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After signing a contract with Blue Book Model Agency in late 1945, she straightened and dyed her hair blonde to became more employable. She mostly did advertisements in men's magazines, but in order to break into the world of film she had to change her name to something more marketable.

Marilyn Monroe's new name was a combination of her mother's maiden name (Monroe) and her grandfather's first name (Marilyn). She chose this name because she felt that it was more glamorous and would help her stand out.