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I need to make a typographic statement for this neophilic question: "Is Scarlett (Johansson) the new Marilyn Monroe?". I am trying to capture some of the speculation how people are hailing this actress the new Marilyn, especially as she bares more than a passing resemblance to her: the hair, full lips, curvy figure, glamour beyond her 19 years. When she wore a white satin dress to the Bafta awards, she was on the cover of many newspapers who put their pictures next to each other and made comparisons.
This is not for commercial use, I am a student and would appreciate any advice on how to convey this using pure typography and/or images. I am just finding it difficult to start, and even though these designs wont be sold, I also feel wary about using existing photos of Marilyn (copyrights etc). The design will be screenprinted onto a large tea towel so any imagery I would use of Scarlett/Marilyn I would want to be 2 colours max, but iconic enough - her lips or a Warhol type print of her face/ use of silhouettes. I have been looking at her movie posters but don't merely want to rip one off. I do want to include some of that vintage Hollywood glamour, but also the question of whether Scarlett is the our answer to Marilyn for 2004?!
There is the idea of clones and today's stars styling themselves as the older Hollywood legends - to increase their status perhaps?
I could also do the statement "Puppies are the new babies" - using type or image. I am referring to the trend of mainly celebrities using puppies as the latest A-list accessory, think Paris Hilton, Legally Blonde. I would appreciate any thoughts or advice that might help, as it would be interesting to see how typographers would approach this brief. ..