I’ve just got back from Marrakech – blog post coming soon! – where it was 30 degrees every day. It’s pretty cold in England by comparison, so I’m willing in spring with this blog post! I’m always excited to discover rarely seen photos of the most iconic and recognisable faces in entertainment history – like these one of the ever-intriguing Marilyn Monroe herself – hiking in LA.

Marilyn hiking was photographed by Edward Clark for LIFE Magazine in August 1950. Apparently, hundreds of photos of her wandering around dreamily in Griffith Park in the hills of Los Angeles were taken, but weirdly none were ever used in the magazine. They all stayed on the cutting room floor and remain largely unseen to this day.

We’d go out to Griffith Park [in Los Angeles] and she’d read poetry. I sent several rolls to LIFE in New York, but they wired back, ‘Who the hell is Marilyn Monroe?'” Clark later recalls of the shoot. Apprently three years later, Marilyn appeared on the cover of LIFE in a now-famous Clark photo, posing with her Gentlemen Prefer Blondes co-star, Jane Russell.

Let’s just take a moment to take in all the details of her hiking outfit – tiny high-waisted white shorts, a monogrammed white shirt and, white brogues with ankle socks.

Phew. The sweaty armpit shot is proof she is human after all…

Via here and here.

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