ive had these in my photobucket and have been meaning to post them for a while. there are of course countless instances of madonna paying homage/ pastiche to marilyn or just blonde iconography in general (anti-madonna site flea dip has 9 pages dedicated to the subject!) but her usage of this imagery is usually very knowing and layered (the blonde ambition tour being a perfect case in point) however i only recently found ( on madonna shots ) this very straight (and very beautiful) ‘marilyn shoot’ that she did with steven meisel in 1991. ive tried to find the marilyn pics they are based on but have not had much luck yet. i’ll edit this post as i find them. so far i only have ‘bus stop’ and a couple from ‘the last sitting’ by bert stern.
edit: i have added the cecil beaton shot below (with her hands over her face) which a friend kindly sent me today