Marilyn Monroe, who is perhaps best known as one of the leading sex symbols of the 50’s and 60’s, is undeniably one of the most celebrated actresses of all time. Her luscious curves and effortless sex appeal has immortalized her as an eternal symbol of beauty. In 1952, the 26-year-old actress opened up about her diet and exercise in the now-defunct Pageant Magazine.
The diet she talked about was incredibly strange.
She started each morning mornings with two raw eggs in a glass of warm milk.
“Breakfast. I’ve been told that my eating habits are absolutely bizarre,” Monroe said. “I supplement this with a multi-vitamin pill, and I doubt if any doctor could recommend a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry.”
Monroe usually always skipped lunch, but enjoyed a protein filled dinner
“My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops or some liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that is all. I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots.”
Monroe’s favorite indulgence was a decadent ice cream fudge sundae from Wil Wright’s Ice Cream Parlor
“It’s a good thing, I suppose, that I eat simply during the day,” Monroe said. “For in recent months I have developed the habit of stopping off at Wil Wright’s ice cream parlor for a hot fudge sundae on my way home from my evening drama classes. I’m sure that I couldn’t allow myself this indulgence were it not that my normal diet is composed almost totally of protein foods.”
Before she rose to fame, she never worried too much about her body, nor thought of it to be exceptional. Once she started to become famous, she started to exercise moderately.
Monroe hated routines and only dedicated 10 minutes a day of exercise. Her routine mostly consisted of using small weights and focused on “bust-firming.”
“Each morning after I brush my teeth, wash my face and shake off the first deep layer of sleep, I lie down on the floor beside my bed and begin my first exercise,” Monroe said. “It is a simple bust-firming routine which consists of lifting five-pound weights from a spread-eagle arm position to a point directly above my head. I do this 15 times, slowly. I repeat the exercise another 15 times from a position with my arms above my head. Then, with my arms at a 45-degree angle from the floor, I move my weights in circles until I’m tired. I don’t count rhythmically like the exercise people on the radio; I couldn’t stand exercise if I had to feel regimented about it.”
“Despite its great vogue in California, I don’t think sun-tanned skin is any more attractive than white skin, or any healthier, for that matter,” Monroe said. “I’m personally opposed to a deep tan because I like to feel blond all over.”
According to today’s ridicolus standards Marilyn’s body would have been criticized and shamed.
Her interview with Pageant Magazine was in the early 1950s, in the very beginning of her career. She changed her diet many times during her career often participating in crash dieting and periods of indulgent eating.