What was Marilyn Monroe’s natural hair color?

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  • People are wondering about Marilyn Monroe’s natural hair color after streaming Netflix’s “Blonde.”
  • Before adopting the stage name Marilyn Monroe, she was Norma Jeane Baker.
  • Known as a “blonde bombshell,” many are surprised to learn that the actor wasn’t a natural blonde.

With Netflix’s “Blonde” starring Ana de Armas finally available to stream, people are wondering: what was Marilyn Monroe’s natural hair color? For context, “Blonde” is a fictionalized historical drama about the star’s life and depicts her rise from Norma Jeane Baker to the actress, singer, and model the world knew she was.

The film shows us a young Monroe before she legally adopted her stage name in 1956, and in these scenes we see her with her natural hair color. Given Monroe’s “blonde bombshell” title, people might be surprised to learn that the star’s true hair color was more of a light chestnut. Monroe’s natural hair color can be seen in some of her early modeling shots of the 1940s. She went platinum blonde around 1948 when she signed with Columbia Pictures (now 20th Century Fox), and the rest was owned by the story.

Monroe kept that peroxide blonde hue for the rest of her life, and most of her movie roles revolved around hair color — 1953’s “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” is one example. Monroe’s blonde hair has become a key part of her signature look.

Take a look at Monroe’s natural hair color.

Marylin Monroe, or Norma Jean Baker, with brown hair in 1947

1947: Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait in 1947. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Image source: Getty Archives/Michael Ochs

Marylin Monroe, or Norma Jean Baker, with brown hair in 1946

LOS ANGELES - 1946: Actress Marilyn Monroe then known as Norma Jeane Mortenson poses for a portrait in 1946 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Richard C. Miller/Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)

Image source: Getty / Richard C. Miller / Donaldson Collection

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