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Marilyn Monroe: Screen Siren and Yogi

1948: Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images

1948: Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images

1948: Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images

1948: Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images

1948: Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images

These beautiful vintage images of Marilyn Monroe show the star in yoga poses before the trend took hold of the world.

Marilyn Monroe: Screen Siren and Yogi

Marilyn Monroe – the screen siren defined an entire generation of hollywood, inspired countless fashion campaigns, style aesthetics, beauty products and even musicians. However, it turns out, that the blonde bombshell was more of a trendsetter than everyone had initially thought.

In an era before fitness took hold of the world, before diet, nutrition and the latest superfood captured our attention, Marilyn was taking up the wellness practice of yoga.

“I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights,” Monroe told Pageant magazine in 1952. “It is a simple bust-firming routine, which consists of lifting 5-lb. weights from a spread-eagle arm position to a point directly over my head. I do this 15 times, slowly” she explained. “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.”

It seems like yoga agreed with her, and Marilyn was even said to be a devotee of the “First Lady of Yoga” – Indra Devi.

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