The last photos taken of Marilyn Monroe are so beautiful

The last professional photos taken of iconic actress Marilyn Monroe are going up for sale. The photos were taken by Monroe’s friend, George Barris in 1962 on a beach in California, just three weeks before Monroe’s untimely death aged 36.

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The pair met on the set of The Seven Year Itch. 

Barris had been planning to publish the photos in a book about Monroe’s life, Marilyn: Her Life In Her Own Words. It would be 25 years before a grief-stricken Barris would publish the photos in a limited edition run.

As The Daily Mail reports, the eight chromogenic prints are expected to sell for approx $1976 AUD at Bloomsbury Auctions in London on June 4.

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New documentary reveals the consequences of fast fashion

There is a hefty price to pay for the cheap top you bought, and it’s confronting to see. The rapacious fast fashion industry is giving consumers more of what they want (more, more, more, cheap, cheap, cheap) and the consequences are already being witnessed, such as the Rana Plaza building collapse that killed more than 1000 garment workers, the Tazreen Garment factory fire and the environmental impact.

Filmmaker Andrew Morgan wants to show this in his documentary The True Cost, in which he holds the fast-fashion business model up for scrutiny.

“There are hands, physical human hands that touch the things that we wear, and those hands are lives, and they matter … when we buy something, it is a moral act, and there are a chain reaction of consequences, so let’s begin to be more mindful and choose things that support life, not take it away,” says Morgan about why he wanted to make this film.

The trailer for the documentary, out May 29, is compelling and its images of the poverty of people making the clothes juxtaposed with the glamour of the fashion industry will stay with you long after you’ve watched it.