She is the arguably most well-known Hollywood actress for her curvaceous figure, full lips and peroxide blonde hair, but most fans wouldn’t recognize her in these Marilyn Monroe pre-fame photos.
The actress â€” who would have turned 89 years old today â€” looked very different.
In 1940, she was just a regular 14-year-old (born Norma Jeane Baker) growing up in California:
And in 1947, the 21-year-old started her modelling career with her naturally brown curly hair. But she had upgraded to perfectly elegant eyebrows and a bright â€” not yet seductive â€” smile:
Marilyn had yet to appear in The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), nor sang “Happy Birthday” for President Kennedy. Back then, she was just another aspiring actress with no idea how instantly recognizable she would someday become.