Classic Beauty Face Off: Audrey Hepburn v Marilyn Monroe

As you are undoubtedly aware by now, we enjoy celebrating the fairer sex from time to time here at Midwest Sports Fans with tastefully done photo galleries of beautiful women. For fun, we present them as a comparison between two (usually) contrasting styles of beauty and attractiveness and then give you, the reader, an opportunity to vote for which lady you prefer.

Past photo gallery face offs have been: Sofia Vergara v Julie Bowen; Anne Hathaway v Rachel McAdams; Natalie Portman v Mila Kunis; and Reese Witherspoon v Angelina Jolie. Something you will notice is that all of the lovely ladies chosen thus far are present day actresses. Today, to switch things up, we are going to step into the archives of iconic American beauty and celebrate two archetypes from the past: the busty, blonde bombshell, represented by Marilyn Monroe; and the cute, petite brunette, represented by Audrey Hepburn.

I know that fans of Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, Faye Dunaway, Brigitte Bardot, Katherine Hepburn, and many others will be disappointed that their favorite beauty of the past is not included here. You have my apologies, and all would have been wonderful choices. However, I chose Marilyn and Audrey because a) they are my two favorites, and when you write the post you get to make the rules; b) these two present as distinct a contrast in styles as I could think of; and, c) who is more iconic than Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn?

So today I present to you another MSF photo gallery and a chance for you to cast a vote for your favorite: Norma Jeane Mortenson or Audrey Kathleen Ruston, better known of course as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.


Which classic icon of beauty and style do you prefer?

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I suppose that before I get into the photo gallery, I should tell you who I voted for. The answer for me is simple: Audrey Hepburn.

Really it boils down to a matter of personal preference. I have always preferred brunettes to blondes and I tend to, in relative terms, go more for cute than sexy. I am also more a fan of Hepburn’s acting and movies than I am of Monroe’s, and I have a deep admiration for Hepburn and the contributions she made to the world long after her acting career was over. (Here is a link to her website with information about how you can donate to her children’s fund.) Perhaps that last part is unfair to Marilyn, who unfortunately died when she was just 36 years old. Who knows what further mark she may have left on the world if given the chance.

But Audrey Hepburn, to me, is simply breathtaking in a way that few others have ever even approached. Her eyes are among the most expressive and hypnotic of any actress I have ever seen, and her delicate, beautiful face made each of her many changing hairstyles appear like the perfect one – not an easy trick to pull off. And there was something indescribable about her personality, an intoxicating blend of charm and grace combined with an endearing touch of innocence and playful naivete, that simply made it impossible to take your eyes off of her or not want to be in the same room with her. Audrey Hepburn was, simply put, one of a kind.

So there you go. My vote is in. Make sure you cast yours above, with plenty of evidence below for those who need or want to examine it. (And by the way, I wanted to include this great image of Marilyn but didn’t want to have to put an NSFW tag on the post.)



























And finally, I’ll end with a pic of Audrey Hepburn that shows her in her later years, still as beautiful as ever. I wish there was a similar photo of Marilyn available, but like James Dean and many others before her, we are left to wonder what might have been.



About Jerod Morris

I love words. I write for Copyblogger and founded MSF, The Assembly Call, & Primility. I practice yoga, eat well, & strive for balance. I love life. Namaste. Say hi on Twitter, Facebook, & G+.


  1. Jason Kirkpatrick says:

    How to choose between the two (and how could you)? They are both exquisite-dark and mysterious compliments blonde beach girl. I’d have to let it come down to personality, and without knowing either, I’d probably go with the brunette.

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