Measurements( studio's claim): 37-23-36 (inches)
93.9 - 58.4 - 91.4 (centimeters)
Measurements (dressmaker's claim): 35-22-35 (inches)
88.9 - 55.8 - 88.9 (centimeters)
Oh, and the kicker:
Height: 5 feet, 5½ inches 166.62 (centimeters)
Weight: 118 pounds 53.5 kilograms
Calvin Klein sizing chart for Women's dresses/skirts.
Compare the documented measurements with the Calvin Klein sizing:
Waist is smaller than a CURRENT CK size 2 --less than 33.5 inches on chart.
Bust can be anywhere from a CURRENT 4 to an 8 on the CK chart..
(She was VERY curvy, waist to hip ratio.)
Hips fall under a size 2 on the CK chart.
We all know vanity sizing has taken hold. I used to wear a size 18/20 at this size 25 years ago. I now wear a 14/16. When my waist was 30 inches and my hips 41 in my youth, I wore a 12/13. That's a size 10 now on the chart. My sister used to use a size 7/8 in the 60s when she weighed 120 pounds and had a 36 inch bosom and 34 inch hips. Young sis would wear around 4 now.
The weight of 118 is consistent with those measurements. I remember when I was growing up and 36-26-36 was like the PERFECT tri-measure. And those women ranged from 115 to 120-something. Like my sis when she was slim, Playboy-scouted, and made guys go nuts.
I wouldn't worry if you had stats like Marilyn most of her career. That's not even overweight.
They give us smaller size number now why? Cause we're bigger and they don't wanna offend the customers.
And a bit more:
Snopes on Marilyn Monroe's being size 16. False.
Anyone with eyes can look at the old flicks and pics with Marilyn and see she chubbed up some in certain films (like SLitH and The Misfits) and was very slim in others (seen the reels from unfinished last flick and the last photo shoot with nudes? Positively society slender with boobs.)
Marilyn was not anywhere what today's 12, 14, and certainly not 16 in sizes. Not even close. My eyes tell me that. :) She may have plumped up to a size 12 of yesteryear in her chubbiest, but THAT size 12 would be closer to today's 10, tops. And I'd call that NOT obese. Perhaps a bit overweight at her plumpiest. But for most of her career, she was a very healthy looking weight and not fat at all. Busty, yeah. Not fat.
And if I looked like Marilyn, figure-wise, as she did in GPB or T7YI or All About Eve or Niagara, I would not have any issue with the bod. I'd figure I was pretty darn perfect. : ) As most men probably did, too. If Marily walked down an urban street today, she'd still turn heads. That figure will not go out of style.
All that because I don't want us to justify the super-skinny/underweight model fixation we have--that's just plain nutty and insulting to women, period-- but I don't want to justify us trying to say, "Hey, we can be fat, Marilyn was fat." No, she wasn't. She had mood issues and sometimes plumped up, but even when she did, her BMI (at the supposed high of 140 lbs) would not be overweight by today's BMI charts.
People in the US are fatter than ever. Period.
And that's my say on the Marilyn issue. :D
Note--see the previous posts's comment section for what led to this posts. :)
And THIS blogger did a better job than me giving info HERE.