I have to admit that I am not a Marilyn Monroe buff. To be very honest I really do not know much about her. I do know what she looked like and that even though she is no longer with us she has an extremely large fan base. Despite the above I found myself intrigued by what this man had to say about what looked to me like a good replica of Marilyn Monroe.
The associate looked puzzled and asked the man what he meant by his statement. He was very agitated and said that Marilyn had six toes on her left foot and the ornament clearly shows her having only five toes. In an attempt to support his claim he stated that Marilyn was very self-conscious of her additional toe and she generally only wore shoes where very little of her toes were exposed. He was extremely upset about the ornament and felt that if an ornament was going to be made of her it should be a true carbon copy of Marilyn Monroe.
The man had fallen victim to the Urban Legend about Marilyn and it appears that he needed to get his facts straight because there is no proof that she had a sixth toe. The rumors were brought on by some photographs were taken of her when she was around the age of 20 and due to shadowing and poor angles they did create the illusion that she had an extra toe. Other photographs taken at the same time and earlier in her life show a normal five-toed foot. Some have said that she had surgery to remove the toe but there is no documented proof that such an operation took place.
I have to give kudos to the artist who sculpted the Marilyn Monroe ornament in 1999 for doing their homework. I am sure that the true Marilyn Monroe fans appreciated it.