I love this picture because of the big smile, and because I love stripes! Especially these colourful ones. And then the sunny beach hat to finish it off. These things altogether makes it a very happy pic of Marilyn Monroe, that's why I love it so much :).
In Marilyn Monroe's most memorable Hollywood roles were still a few years ahead of her. LIFE recently shared a set of striking portraits by Alfred Eisenstaedt which show the star before she really made it big.