First look: Marilyn Monroe for Chanel No. 5

Marilyn Monroe for Chanel. (Bob Beerman/Chanel)

Marilyn Monroe for Chanel. (Bob Beerman/Chanel)

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After announcing that the legendary actress would star in its next campaign, the French brand has presented three archival photos and a video featuring Marilyn Monroe and Chanel No. 5.

One of the most anticipated advertisements of the season, the new Chanel campaign, premiering this month, will star the iconic American actress, who died in 1962.

Monroe has been associated with Chanel's perfume in popular imagination ever since, when asked by Life magazine what she wore to bed, she answered: "Chanel No. 5." Nearly 60 years will have passed between Monroe's famous declaration and her first appearance as the face of the perfume in an official campaign.

Chanel discovered a previously unreleased recording confirming Monroe's words to Life magazine. The recording was made during an interview conducted by Marie Claire's editor-in-chief Georges Belmont in 1960.

(Chanel)

The French brand presented two black and white photos linking Monroe to her favorite perfume. Taken by American photographer Ed Feingersh, the first shows the actress with the bottle of fragrance between her hands, delicately perfuming her chest.

(Bob Beerman/Chanel)

The second image was taken by photographer Bob Beerman for an article in the October 1953 issue of "Modern Screen" magazine. The sensual and voluptuous blonde is seen in bed, with a bottle of No. 5 next to her on the bedside table.

The Chanel No. 5 campaign with Monroe will be released Nov. 17.


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