This weekend I went to a small, independent theater and saw My Week with Marilyn, since it had already left mainstream theaters. Not only was the movie itself very good, but it left me pondering about what constitutes attractiveness in today’s culture, and what caused the apparent shift in perspectives.
I then happened upon an interview conducted with Marilyn in a 1952 magazine article, where she describes her daily routine. Among other things, she mentions her daily workout and diet plan, which would shock most people today if any of us were to suggest it as “healthy.”
Her daily workout routine doesn’t include any time on the treadmill at all, and she doesn’t seem to lift weights over 5 pounds. She goes so far as to say she spends “at least” 10 minutes each morning doing exercises that keep her wobbly bits firm, as if that amount of time were noteworthy in the 50s. In today’s workout obsessed world, someone might be laughed out of the gym at that remark.
As far as food goes, the current US food pyramid would have a field day with her. Full fat milk and raw eggs during the morning; steak, lamb chops and liver at night – hardly any carbs and tons of fat! Interestingly, her diet is very reminiscent to the ideals of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Perhaps my favorite quote from the article is in terms of skin care: “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. I’m personally opposed to a deep tan because I like to feel blonde all over.”
You can find the article here. Tell me what you think about today’s food and diet attitudes compared with hers!