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One of the stars who has been influenced the most by Marilyn Monroe is Madonna — she struck a Marilyn-esque pose for the April 1991 cover of Vanity Fair and famously drew inspiration from an iconic scene in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for her "Material Girl" video.

Madonna explained her love for the actress in an interview with Rolling Stone in 1987, saying, "I do feel something for Marilyn Monroe. A sympathy. Because in those days, you were really a slave to the whole Hollywood machinery, and unless you had the strength to pull yourself out of it, you were just trapped. I think she really didn't know what she was getting herself into and simply made herself vulnerable, and I feel a bond with that."

Source: Vanity Fair

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