Old Hollywood Self Portraits Take 1 - Marilyn Monroe

Old Hollywood Style Self Portraits

Old Hollywood Style Self Portraits

The other morning, I woke up, made myself a cup of coffee, and stumbled across this fascinating Buzzfeed article (I know!) on the first Asian-American actress, Anna May Wong. While reading, I came across another actress I’d never heard of named Lupe Velez. She was a gorgeous Mexican woman who began as a silent film star then transitioned into the talkies of the late 1920s. Velez became known as “The Mexican Spitfire” because of her sharp, comedic, wit and brash demeanor. Inspired by the magic of Hollywood’s Golden Age, I decided to try my hand at some Old Hollywood style self portraits!


Elizabeth Taylor 
Old Hollywood Style Self Portraits - Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Taylor - Richard Avedon

Considered one of the best actresses of the Hollywood Golden Age, Elizabeth Taylor was probably most known for playing the title role of Cleopatra, as well as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Fun Fact: Taylor voiced Maggie in The Simpsons’ episode entitled, “Lisa’s First Word.”


Lupe Velez
Old Hollywood Style Self Portraits - Lupe Velez Lupe Velez - Warner Archive Tumblr

When Old Hollywood labeled Lupe Velez as “The Mexican Spitfire,” they were not kidding. Velez, best known for her Mexican Spitfire movie series, was a force to be reckoned with both in acting and in relationships. At the age of 36, Velez tragically took her own life; The mystery of which was just solved in 2013.
Crazy Fun Fact: Velez once shot at her lover, actor Gary Cooper, and barely missed his head as he fled from her.


Dolores del Rio
Old Hollywood Style Self Portraits - Dolores del Rio Dolores del Rio - Public Domain Bain Collection - Library of Congress

For one of my Old Hollywood style self portraits, I chose to recreate this photo of the internationally-famed Mexican actress, Dolores del Rio, because it is the most humble and subdued photo of her that exists. It feels almost like her first photo session ever, and a far cry from her customarily strong & highly glamorous style.
Fun Fact: Dated Orson Welles & was once named the “best figure in Hollywood.

Marilyn MonroeOld Hollywood Style Self Portraits - Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe - Backgrounds Desktop.org

I couldn’t do an Old Hollywood inspired photoshoot without including the stunning, Marilyn Monroe. Quite possibly the most famous of all Golden Age stars, Monroe reached legendary status because of her sex appeal and radiant personality. She is best known for her roles in Some Like It Hot, and The Seven Year Itch. Monroe became a pop culture icon and an inspiration for many products, bands, and visual artists.
Fun Fact: The famous, white dress Marilyn Monroe wore in The Seven Year Itch sold at auction for 5.6 million dollars!

This was a lot of fun and I’d love to make it a series! What Old Hollywood celebrities would YOU like to recreate? Let me know in the comments below so we can set up a session!

One thought on “Old Hollywood Style Self Portraits

  1. Ooh. I would love to do something like James Dean, Steve McQueen, or Frank Sinatra. Very cool post Vivi.

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