Marilyn Monroe: Plus Sized or Waif?

When historians recently studied Henry VII's armor, they found that he was much, much larger in life. But a recent Marilyn Monroe costume exhibition proves the famously curvy icon was actually a quite tiny size six. In fact, Times UK writer Sara Buys actually got to try on the legend's clothes (jealous!), and found she could barely wiggle her own petite frame into them.

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Here are the digits: Marilyn was 5 feet, 5 inches, weighed about 112 pounds, and boasted the extreme hourglass, Jessica Rabbit-like measurements of 36-23-35, which totally disproves that whole idea that she was far rounder than today's average starlet. Still, it's a remarkable collection of numbers. Want to take your own turn in one of Monroe's famous frocks? It'll cost you: Her infamous "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" dress fetched a cool $1,267,500 at a 1999 Christie's auction.

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