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Ayushi Agarwal

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FACT: Marilyn Monroe Swore By Yoga To Keep Her Fit!

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  •  November 27, 2015

 

Whenever I think about Marilyn Monroe, her iconic pose from the movie ‘The Seven Year Itch’ clouds my mind. Her futile attempt to tame her white halter dress blowing around her svelte figure, was oh-so-sexy!

Over the years, she has been branded as the ultimate sex symbol and one of the most desirable women. Women all over the world would go ga-ga over her toned legs, petite waist and those golden curls!

But, good news ladies!

The secret to her enviable figure… is a secret no more!

It turns out, that apart from being an international sex icon, Monroe was a yogi too! She first mentioned yoga publicly in 1956, according to ‘The Subtle Body‘, a history of yoga culture in America, and she was pictured doing moves like boat pose and shoulder stand in a photo shoot as early as 1948.

She was also an O.G. exercise fanatic at a time when women were discouraged from lifting a finger, let alone a kettle-bell. She was an earlier adopter of strength training and made 10 minutes of weight lifting part of her morning routine.

In a 1952 interview, she told Time Life she “couldn’t stand exercise if I had to feel regimented about it”.

The following photos were part of her portfolio, for the purpose of boosting her image. But, we get the gist!

circa 1956: American actor Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) sits on the grass with her legs outstretched, touching her toes. (Photo by Dave Cicero/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1956: American actor Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) sits on the grass with her legs outstretched, touching her toes. (Photo by Dave Cicero/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) curls herself into a bow shape and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) curls herself into a bow shape and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

See ya’ later, mate. I’m off to buy me a yoga mat!

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