Just before she hit it big in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, Philippe Halsman photographed Marilyn Monroe for LIFE magazine. Philippe took a few candid shots of her daily workout routine.
The picture of the starlet that made the cover on April 7,1952 is Marilyn in a hugging white dress , while the shots of her lifting weights in a terry-cloth bikini were left on the cutting room floor and rarely seen.
Although she is aware that she is being photographed these photos come across genuine and unguarded.
Here is some photos from the shoot: