Friday, June 16, 2006

Art Doc Argues Marilyn Monroe Too Fat For Victoria’s Secret

CAMBRIDGE, England (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Was Marilyn Monroe too hefty to make it in today’s anorexic- supermodel industry?

Probably, says a new PBS documentary called How Art Made The World, a series of art history exposes that chronicle how the human impulse to create has come to define the visual landscape we now inhabit.

The show’s host, Dr. Nigel Spivey, says that by today’s standards, it’s revealing how someone considered the penultimate sex symbol of her day – like Monroe – would just 50 years later be considered too plump for, say, Victoria’s Secret ads.

In Spivey’s words, “It’s complicated, but some of artifacts we’ve found... that were considered the pinups of their day, would be considered clinically obese today.”

How Art Made The World’s premiere episode is called “More Human Than Human,” and is one of five that will air on PBS starting June 26.

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