We just got back from a great vacation. It started in Chicago and ended in Phoenix. With not much time in the windy city, and a teenager with an ankle injury, we were only able to tour up and down the Magnificent Mile just a bit, with the highlights being Gino’s East pizza for lunch, some great architecture, the Cheesecake Factory for dinner (the kids favorite), and a water taxi to the train station.
As we set out on our walk along Michigan Avenue, there before us, stands a massive, hulking, laughing 30-foot-tall Marilyn Monroe with her dress flying up from under her, like the famous photo.
My first thoughts were mixed… Wow, that’s kinda cool, and at a closer glance, Okay, it’s a little weird. I’m perplexed. Is this a tribute to the famous icon? Would you want to be memorialized as a giant with people posing between your legs and taking pictures up your dress? Hmmm… Would she have loved it or hated it?
I just thought it was… well… odd. Not that there was a statue per se, but this particular statue with the whole under-the-dress thing. I know it’s very mild compared to today’s scantily dressed standards, but the fact that she’s dead makes this seem somehow… I don’t know…inappropriate? Although it certainly got my attention. Did I look up her dress, you ask? Why… er… yes… yes I did, (head hung low for the hypocrite that I am). And yes, I even went a step further, (head hung even lower) I took a picture. Or two. I’m just like that guy in the photo. Shameful. My family was embarrassed. I was just too curious. I was sure she’d be wearing underwear, but I just had to see what it looked like. What would you do? Would you look up Marilyn’s dress? What do you make of this statue? I’m undecided if I should show you what’s under there. Are you curious?
While I’m thinking about it, here are some fab fotos of Chicago from the Mag Mile…
Okay, okay, I guess there are plenty of photos out there of Marilyn Monroe in her underwear.
But if you might be offended in any way, don’t go any further in the post…
For the rest of you… scroll down…
Do you think it’s a bit odd? Maybe a little too in your face? In the real photos I’ve seen, the back end of her dress doesn’t fly that far up and it seems to cover more than this statue reveals. I don’t know why this statue puzzles me so. I’m not even a Marilyn fan.
Hope you enjoyed the first leg of our vacation fab fotos. Our next leg is our train journey to Flagstaff, AZ – 32 hours on a train! I hope to share those with you next week.
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