Marilyn Monroe: A Self-Made Icon with Estela Mendes

Marilyn Monroe: A Self-Made Icon with Estela Mendes


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One of the most famous women in the world, Marilyn Monroe became a symbol of sensuality and beauty. Today, she still epitomizes the ideal of the movie star. Though there was an intervention from the studio, it was Marylin who created her own image. This conversation will explore the evolution (and characterization) of Norma Jeane, to who we know her as better today: Marilyn Monroe.

Born in Los Angeles in 1926, Norma Jeane grew up in foster homes. Married at the age of 17, she started working for a parachute factory during World War Two. We’ll learn that it was here that she began to capture the attention of a photographer, propelling her into a career of modeling.

We’ll follow her journey as an actress, her change of name (and hair color), as well as her Hollywood history. We’ll discuss her metamorphosis and the change that went with it as the character of Marilyn Monroe was born. We will unveil the transformative process that Norma Jeane submitted herself to become Marilyn Monroe. From her hair, makeup, clothes, movement, and attitude, to an intense pursuit of becoming better at her craft. Her character blended with the real person.

Led by art historian Estela Mendes, this interactive seminar will introduce us to a pioneer in her profession, showing how Marilyn broke many barriers and created one of the most iconic images of the twentieth century. Designed to inform curiosity as well as educate, participants will learn the intriguing story of a groundbreaking figure who captured the essence of an era and whose legacy remains firm today.

Estela Mendes is an art historian with a MA in Museum Studies. Her research background is in Costume Design. Born and raised in Lisbon, she has been teaching about the beauty of the world for the past 15 years. After working in national palaces in Portugal, Estela moved to London where she spent 5 years working at museums like Buckingham Palace, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery, where she has delivered gallery talks focusing on Fashion. In Portugal she created a company of Costume Hiring and Historical Re-enactments working with Museums, Opera Companies, Theatre, and Film.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Not a dumb Blond

I have done other lectures with Estela and have enjoyed all and the Marilyn Monroe was no different.
Estela brought a different perspective on Marilyn which I found very interesting.

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J.
Such a great seminar!

This was such an interesting seminar and I highly recommend it. Estela had very organized visuals to go along with her well planned presentation. I learned many new things about Marilyn Monroe who was much more than a pretty face. Thanks so much Estela! Looking forward to another of your Context Conversations-

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D.R.
Not a dumb Blond

I have done other lectures with Estela and have enjoyed all and the Marilyn Monroe was no different.
Estela brought a different perspective on Marilyn which I found very interesting.

J
J.
Such a great seminar!

This was such an interesting seminar and I highly recommend it. Estela had very organized visuals to go along with her well planned presentation. I learned many new things about Marilyn Monroe who was much more than a pretty face. Thanks so much Estela! Looking forward to another of your Context Conversations-