Marilyn Monroe Unveiled As The New Face Of Max Factor - 53 Years After Her Death

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Max Factor is celebrating its 80 year anniversary with a very famous face.

The beauty brand has announced that the late actress Marilyn Monroe will be its ‘global glamour ambassador’ for 2015.

The campaign will focus on the role make-up played in her transformation from timid Norma Jeane Mortenson to an iconic Hollywood bombshell.

Marilyn was in fact a Max Factor client in the 1940s when the brand had a beauty parlour on Hollywood Boulevard.

In a statement, the beauty brand said it was responsible for her beauty transformation, saying she ‘started the 1940s as a brunette, and thanks to Mr. Max Factor, emerged complete with platinum blonde hair.’

Max Factor has previously signed Madonna, Gisele and Gwyneth Paltrow as the face of its brand although it’s the first time Marilyn has appeared for them.

“Marilyn made the sultry red lip, creamy skin and dramatically lined eyes the most famous beauty look of the Forties, and it's a look that continues to dominate the beauty and fashion industry,” a spokesman for Max Factor told The Telegraph.

“It is the ultimate look that defines glamour - nothing else compares.”

Marilyn Monroe, 1940
Marilyn Monroe, 1953

The news comes as the late star’s New Year’s resolutions have re-surfaced online.

Marilyn’s 1955 resolutions, written when she was 29-years-old and after she’d starred in the Seven Year Itch, revealed an ambitious and determined young woman.

It also shed light on the fact she was determined to turn her ‘miserable’ life around, reports

She was clearly very focused on her studies, writing that she must ‘always’ go to class, never miss an actor’s studio session and work ‘whenever possible’ on class assignments.

People watching, work on her ‘phobias’ and punctuality were also high on her list, as well as ‘trying to enjoy life as much as possible’.

"I’ll be miserable enough as it is," she wrote.

Her 1955 resolutions in full…

Must make effort to do
Must have the dicipline to do the following –
z – go to class – my own always – without fail
x – go as often as possible to observe Strassberg’s other private classes
g – never miss actor’s studio sessions
v – work whenever possible – on class assignments – and always keep working on the acting exercises
u – start attending Clurman lectures – also Lee Strassberg’s directors lectures at theater wing – enquire about both
l – keep looking around me – only much more so – observing – but not only myself but others and everything – take things (it) for what they (it’s) are worth
y – must make strong effort to work on current problems and phobias that out of my past has arisen – making much much much more more more more more effort in my analisis. And be there always on time – no excuses for being ever late.
w – if possible – take at least one class at university – in literature –
o – follow RCA thing through.
p – try to find someone to take dancing from – body work (creative)
t – take care of my instrument – personally & bodily (exercise) try to enjoy myself when I can – I’ll be miserable enough as it is.

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane in 1926 but died in 1962, aged just 36, of an overdose.

It’s not been confirmed, to this day, whether the troubled actress’ death was suicidal or accidental.

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