In the issue of New York magazine on sale Monday, the year-old star of "Mean Girls" and "Freaky Friday" poses nude for photographer Bert Stern in a recreation of one of Monroe's most famous photo shoots, done shortly before she died. Stern photographed Monroe in at the Hotel Bel-Air in California, six weeks before she was found dead from an overdose of barbiturates. Those images for Vogue magazine feature Monroe in next to nothing, posing nude with some scarves and jewelry as her accessories and sipping champagne. Stern recreated those images with Lohan this month, at the same hotel, with Lohan wearing a blond wig and not much else. In the essay accompanying the photos, Lohan, who admitted to a serious interest in Monroe, said deciding to do the photo shoot was easy.
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When we got a single copy of this week's New York magazine, featuring a naked Lindsay Lohan re-creating iconic shots from Marilyn Monroe's last photo shoot, it got passed around the office like contraband, causing groups of us to stand around and discuss whether it was a good career move, how much she did or didn't look like Marilyn, and, mostly, if those bare boobs are real or fake. Listen in:. She isn't an icon.
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Six weeks after she had posed, Monroe was found dead of an apparent barbiturate overdose. But the pictures are also remarkable for the raw truths they seem to reveal. In them, we see an actress whose comedic talents were overshadowed by her sex appeal, a woman who is cannily aware of her pinup status, yet is also beginning to show her 36 years. In many shots, she is obviously drunk. This was an unhappy time for Monroe. Stern excavated and preserved the poignant humanity of the real woman—beautiful, but also fragile, needy, flawed—from the monumental sex symbol. In our armored, airbrushed age, his achievement feels almost revolutionary.