Born in Los Angeles in 1931 to a single mother, Monroe spent much of her childhood with a foster family. Although her birth certificate gives her name as Norma Jeane Mortensen, she was later called Norma Jeane Baker.

Many people do not know Monroe actually had naturally curly red hair.Β She realized early on the effect it [red hair] had on men. “I had this long walk to school, it was just sheer pleasure,” she told Life of her high school years. “Every fellow honked his horn and the world became friendly.”

In the late ’40s, she dyed her locks blonde after being told by her modeling agency that it would help her succeed in film.

Here are 9 rare photos of Monroe from her teen’s and early 20’s rockin’ her red hair before dying it bleach blonde:

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What do you think about this? Rock it like a Redhead!Β