When celebrity impersonator Camille Terry spritzes on her Chanel No. 5, dons her custom platinum wig and wiggles into a white halter dress, she becomes Marilyn Monroe to an extent that belies her own girl-next-door features. But even Terry, who’s made a living fully inhabiting Marilyn since the mid-1990s, has her limits.
“Marilyn is not allowed in my bedroom. I’ve got to draw the line somewhere,” she says on the staircase of her collectible-filled West Palm Beach apartment. Here, Marilyn’s bedroom eyes gaze out from every available surface — in the living room, in the kitchen, OK, not in the bathroom (that’s a shrine to Elvis) — but the gallery stops on the second-floor landing.
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The magic behind Marilyn
As long as you’ve got fair skin, a great wig and the means of creating an hourglass figure, you too can masquerade as Marilyn Monroe, says celebrity impersonator Camille Terry of West Palm Beach. You don’t even need to be female.
Although Terry was reluctant to share her Marilyn makeup formula — “It’s like a magician giving away their tricks,” she said — she did divulge a few trade secrets following our photo shoot with her at Ragtops Motorcars in West Palm Beach:
1. The eyebrows should resemble softly arching boomerangs. The eyelids should be covered with white shadow and edged in black liquid liner. And the blush should be warm-toned to complement red-hot lipstick (“She didn’t do a lot of pinks,” Terry said).
2. A beauty mark on the left cheek completes the look. Says Terry, “Mine is 3D.”
3. From there, Marilyn is all about sleepy eyes, pouty lips and a breathy speaking voice, “which wasn’t how Marilyn spoke in real life.”