Letter: Monroe doctrine

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Monroe doctrine

Sir: In looking at the "cult of thinness", Rebecca Fowler (1 June) repeats the myth that Marilyn Monroe was a "size 16". A person who should know, her dress designer and sometime lover Billy Travilla, said that her true figure was 35-22-35. Travilla used to tell her that the dresses she chose were too tight, but they obviously did wonders for people's perceptions of her figure.


Holmfirth, West Yorkshire