Remembering Marilyn – A Candle in the Wind


Did you know that Elton John originally wrote the song “Candle in the Wind” about Marilyn Monroe. Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe.  There is a huge group of people who don’t really know who she was and what she did – accomplished in her relatively short life.

She was an amazing actress and could portray the silliest blonde you ever heard of (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) or a damaged woman who was seeking love (The Misfits).

She was considered the ultimate sex symbol in the fifties and set the bar very high for other women stars in following decades. She was married three times and was rumoured to be the lover of John F. Kennedy.

The reason I even wanted to mention her in my blog today, which is usually about my struggles with my weight, is that she was amazing just the way she was. She was a curvy woman. I saw the picture on the left a week ago and saved it, but I didn’t know why except it mentioned sexy and skinny in a way I liked. Now I know why I saved it. Did you know that at the height of her popularity she wore a size 16? I defy any fashion magazine to call size 16 or any double-digit size – sexy!!!! But isn’t that what we are all about?

I don’t know how she saw herself. I know she died of a “barbiturate overdose”. Some say accidental; some say suicide; and there are even rumours of murder. I know she wasn’t happy. But how did she SEE herself?

How do I see myself? I am not skinny and never will be. I have been sexy and think that’s still do-able! (Sorry kids!) I am blessed with people who love me and surrounded by people who care about me and what happens to me. I will take care of myself. My health and self-esteem are essential to this. It isn’t about how others see us but how we see ourselves. Nice homily! And candles light the dark!

Well, I’m going to go and sit on my deck with a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy the day. Thanks for listening.:D Diane

Elton John “Candle in the Wind”   

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~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on August 6, 2012.

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