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Marilyn Monroe: Actress, Model and Badass Yogi?

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Marilyn Monroe, rest her soul, was known for many things. Of course she was an acclaimed model, actress and mid-century sex symbol. One thing Monroe was rarely acknowledged for, however, were her badass yoga skills.  

Check out these photos from a studio session with Columbia and Fox in 1948:

1. Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

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)

(Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

 

2. Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) reaches to touch her toes. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

(Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

 

3. Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)

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)

(Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

 

4. Modified Shoulder Stand (Ardha Sarvangasana)

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)

(Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

 

5. Boat Pose (Navasana)

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)

(Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Pretty cool, right?  According to an interview with LIFE magazine in 1952, Monroe was attracted to yoga as a way to tone her body.  She, “couldn’t stand exercise if I had to feel regimented about it.”

 

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