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Lindsay Lohan Goes Nude Like Marilyn. Creepy.

In Celebrity on February 21, 2008 at 1:58 pm

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So yes. Watching The Parent Trap starring Lindsay Lohan is officially just plain WRONG now. In a shoot for New York Magazine, Lindsay Lohan controversially sheds her clothes in a recreation of Marilyn Monroe’s final shoot by Bert Stern in 1962, some six weeks before Monroe died from an overdose of barbiturates. Those images taken for Vogue magazine featured Monroe in “next to nothing, posing nude with some scarves and jewellery as her accessories and sipping champagne.”

To recreate the shoot as close as possible, Stern shot Lohan in the same hotel, The Bel-Air in California. I think it’s a good move for Lohan–I mean, if she planned on shedding your clothes, she might as well do it in iconic fashion rather than it being for some lads or porno mag like FHM or Playboy.

That being said, however, it only increases my worry that celebrity pop culture is being obsessed with the death of young Hollywood. It wasn’t so long ago that thousands of strangers the world over mourned the death of Heath Ledger, and now this morbid obsession with recreating a moment of vulnerability and fragility is just… well. You figure it out. Read more about it in my KLue column in March.

More NSFW pics can be found at the NYmag website, while Page Six has a creepy comparison between Monroe’s shoot and Lohan’s shoot. Here’s an excerpt from the story:

In 1962, photographer Bert Stern shot a series of photos of Marilyn Monroe that have collectively come to be known as “The Last Sitting.” Taken during several boozy sessions at the Hotel Bel-Air, the photographs are arguably the most famous images ever captured of America’s most famous actress: Monroe, sleepy-eyed and naked, sips from a Champagne glass, enacts a fan dance of sorts with various diaphanous scarves, romps with erotic playfulness on a bed of white linens.

Six weeks after she had posed, Monroe was found dead of an apparent barbiturate overdose.

Forty-six years later, Stern has revisited his classic shots with Lindsay Lohan, another actress whose prodigious fame is not quite commensurate with her professional achievements. Stern, who shot the photos on film rather than digitally, told me he was interested in Lohan because he suspected “she had a lot more depth to her” than one might assume from “those teenage movies.”

Indeed, many in the film industry believe that Lohan has yet to pursue projects equal to her gifts. Without putting too fine a point on it, you might say Lohan has, like Monroe, a knack for courting the tabloids and tripping up her career. (Readers will remember that Lohan had her own Billy Wilder moment two summers ago on the set of Georgia Rule.)

Stern said the project also grew out of his interest in “controversial women,” or “bad girls,” like “Britney, Paris, and Lindsay.” Monroe was, in a sense, the original tabloid queen.

Oh, and I think they’re nice. I heart freckles.

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