Sirens Speak

The Myth of 12: On Love, Selfies and Marilyn Monroe

I am thrilled to feature the following guest post by pin-up blogger Penny Snark. If you struggle with body confidence (and honestly, who doesn’t?), keep reading… 


I remember when people used to proclaim, “Marilyn Monroe was a size 12!” I remember when the refutation of that fact became more widely spread than the fact itself. While it’s inarguably true that Marilyn wasn’t a “size 12” as we think of it in the modern day, what I remember most is how many of those refutations felt almost gleeful. “You were stupid to try to claim Marilyn,” some of them seemed to say under the surface. “She’s not for you.”

Brainy Bombshells

What Marilyn Monroe Taught Me About Insecurity & Friendship

Just who do you think you are?

I’m not sure when the self-doubt first set in, but for the past several years, I have been all too aware of a festering, dormant anxiety. A feeling on the periphery of my consciousness. A sense of not being good enough. Of being a fraud.

Most days it lies beneath the surface, undetectable to anyone, including myself. Then, in a moment of vulnerability, it flares up, and once again I’m paralyzed by a series of pernicious questions.

Call it insecurity. Call it imposter syndrome. Call it…an opportunity?