This photographer perfectly nails Marilyn Monroe as a millennial
Published on 4 Jan 2016
by Francesca Kentish - online

Nailed it (Picture: Daniel Sachon)

Let’s be honest, if Marilyn Monroe had been a millennial she would have been the queen of the basics.

After all, she was the poster girl for mass-produced popular culture in her own era – remember those works by Andy Warhol ?

Now she lives on in the Facebook profiles of basic bitches everywhere, with the quote ‘If you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best’ plastered over her face.

(FYI she probably never even said that – there’s no attributable source for it – but if you’re into posting quotes from teenage girls attributed to our favourite blonde bombshell we have an excellent generator you can use: marilyn's quote

In today’s world, she’d definitely have a softly filtered Instagram account with more followers than the entire Kardashian family combined.

And would probably be in adverts for Starbucks, seductively giggling over a pumpkin spice latte.

Which is something 20-year-old photographer Daniel Sachon has perfectly captured in a series for his first solo exhibition ‘Disruptive Innovation.’

Chanel to Bed (Picture: Daniel Sachon)

Sachon told ‘The concept behind the series was looking at Marilyn and our generation’s fascination with her, and in general how we are an incredibly nostalgic generation who innovate and move forward through our obsession of the past.

He says that works like Chanel to Bed (above) reflect on Marilyn’s huge impact with people today, ‘perhaps it is because she reflects a time where fame was special and nothing like today’s instant fame.’

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Sachon thinks some of the allure comes from the lack of work she did for advertising brands, unlike today’s commercialised celebrities.

He explained: ‘With the works ‘Millenial Marilyn’ and ‘Coffee Break’ I am looking at where Marilyn would be today, in a world where fame is more transient than ever and the relationship between brands and celebrity is stronger than ever before.’

Take, for example, the fact Monroe never appeared in a Chanel advertising campaign while she was alive. Her links to the brand come from an answer to the question: ‘What do you wear to bed?’
Her answer ? ‘Chanel No. 5.’

Also can we take a moment to appreciate that this isn’t actually Marilyn Monroe photographed, but actually look-a-like Suzie Kennedy ?


Here she is hanging on set with Daniel Sachon and his makeup artist sister Amy Sachon:



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Daniel Sachon / Amy Sachon  / Suzie Kennedy