Check out the three of her with a puppy. She was just a young model known as Norma Jean. You can see the natural beauty she was born with. And then compare it to her iconic image.
You realize how much she controlled and manipulated her own image to become the most enduring sex symbol of the silver screen. It's a demonstration in photos of her skill at image manipulation.
But so much has been written about her life. Is there anything left to say?
Read Anne Helen Petersen's essay The Unheralded Marilyn Monroe for a glimpse at the genius behind the creation of a star. Then check out this article via Huffington Post to find out how she really felt about posing with pups.