Marilyn Monroe's First Nude Photos Have Been Uncovered

They later became the "Golden Dream" calendar

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Nude pictures of Marilyn Monroe taken in 1949 by photographer Tom Kelley at his Hollywood studio were recently uncovered, the releases signed by a 22-year-old Monroe as "Mona Monroe." She didn't want anyone to know the pictures were of her because "Nice girls did not pose in the nude," but she needed the extra cash. In Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words, she explained that she posed out of pure "desperation" and earned just $50.

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"You must promise to never tell anyone about my posing for you in the nude," she reportedly told Kelley. "I want you to promise me that you will take the pictures so that I wouldn't be recognisable in them."

Posing in front of a red velvet curtain, the pictures show how they did retouching before the days of Photoshop, with different makeup and clothing added over her nude photo.

Just a couple of years later, the "Red Velvet" pictures were turned into a calendar by a printing company. By 1952, the press realized the model in the hugely popular "Golden Dream" calendar was in fact a massive movie star.

Originally, 20th Century Fox decided to deny the pictures and warned Monroe it could ruin her career, but Monroe released an interview admitting that it was her and explaining how difficult her life was at the time.

The pictures are now part of a new exhibition organized by vintage poster and art store Limited Runs and could be worth millions of dollars.

From: Cosmo UK