A DAY WITH MARI(LYN)

THE FIRST TIME I MET MARI, IT’S BEEN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. WE WERE MEETING TO REHEARSE A SCENE FOR OUR ACTING CLASS. THAT DAY, SHE OPENED THE DOOR OF HER APARTMENT AND WELCOMED ME IN. WE GAZED INTO EACH OTHER’S EYES AND BOTH HAD THE FEELING WE ALREADY MET SOMEWHERE. NO, NOT IN THIS LIFE, MAYBE A PREVIOUS ONE.

WE STARTED TALKING AND TALKING AND TALKING, LIKE BEST FRIENDS DO AFTER THEY HAVEN’T BEEN SEEING EACH OTHER FOR A LONG TIME. WE TALKED ABOUT LOVE, LIFE, DEATH, FEELINGS, ABOUT THE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD AND ITS DARK SIDES. THAT MOMENT WAS LIKE A DEJÀ VU, IT HAD ALREADY HAPPENED SOMEWHERE AND AT SOME POINT IN TIME. OR MAYBE THERE WAS NO SPACE AND TIME AT ALL, WHO KNOWS.

I THOUGHT SHE LOOKED A LOT LIKE MARILYN; HER PURE BEAUTY, THE WAY SHE MOVED, HER VOICE, HER MANNERS, HER SWEETNESS AND THAT SENSE OF UNDERLYING SADNESS MIXED WITH PURE PASSION AND LOVE. AS IF SHE HAD READ JUST READ MY MIND, SHE TOLD ME THAT MARILYN WAS HER BIGGEST INSPIRATION. SHE KNEW EVERYTHING ABOUT HER AND IT SEEMED SHE HAD LIVED IN HER SKIN.

MAYBE SHE DID, MAYBE SHE IS MARILYN, REBORN IN ITALY IN A DIFFERENT ERA AND SOMETHING BIGGER THAN US MADE OUR PATHS CROSS SO THAT WE COULD WRITE A PIECE OF STORY TOGETHER. SO I ASKED HER: “WHAT WOULD MARILYN DO ON A NORMAL DAY IF SHE WERE ALIVE TODAY?”

THIS IS THE STORY OF A DAY WITH MARI(LYN), AN SOUL THAT TRAVELS ACROSS SPACE AND TIME AND HERE ARE HER THOUGHTS FOR YOU.

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I WAKE UP VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING. SOMETIMES I TRY TO SLEEP A LITTLE LONGER BUT I CAN’T. THE DAY IS ALREADY IN FRONT OF ME AND NOTHING CAN STOP THAT. 

OK, I HAVE TO LEAVE THE BED. WHO AM I? AFTER LAST NIGHT DREAM HOW CAN I SAY I AM STILL ME? 

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THE MIRROR MAKES ME FEEL LESS LONELY. IT ALLOWS ME TO FIX MY REALITY AND TO CHECK IF MY BODY IS TALKING ABOUT MY SOUL OR NOT. MY SOUL DOESN’T LIKE TO BE TOO SKINNY, SHE WANTS TO BE SOFT AND A BIT CURVY. I SURE KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO EAT A LITTLE MORE. 

A BOOK MAKES ME FEEL LESS LONELY. IT’S A GOOD FRIEND. IT GIVES ME A LOT WITHOUT EXPECTING ANYTHING IN CHANGE. 

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I LOVE THE FIFTIES. SOMETIMES I THINK I WAS BORN IN THE FIFTIES AND DIED DURING THE SIXTIES. 

A VERY DEEP PART OF ME IS PINK. I’M PRETTY SURE ABOUT THAT. IF THERE’S SOMETHING VERY PINK AROUND ME, IT MAKES ME FEEL AT HOME. 

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I WOULD LOVE TO ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL AND START EACH DAY WITH WHAT I HAVE. NOTHING LESS, NOTHING MORE. 

MY MIND IS THE ONLY PRISON THAT I KNOW.

SOONER OR LATER SOMEONE IS GOING O NOTICE ME. I KNOW THAT.

MY DAY IS ALWAYS VALUABLE WHEN I STRIVE TO MAKE IT BETTER.

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IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE?

SOMETIMES I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE. I NEED LOVE.

I FALL IN LOVE WITH A CITY IN THE SAME WAY I FALL IN LOVE WITH A PERSON. 

THE FIRST TIME I CAME TO LOS ANGELES I FELT LIKE WE BELONGED TO EACH OTHER. SHE WELCOMED ME.

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I DIDN’T COME TO HOLLYWOOD TO BECOME A STAR. I CAN’T HOLD THIS THOUGHT ABOUT THIS CITY BECAUSE I LOVE IT TOO MUCH. I THINK IT WOULD BE TOO BIG AND TOO SCARY FOR ME IF I HAD THAT THOUGHT. I CAME HERE TO BE FREE AND TO TRY TO FIND THAT LITTLE PIECE OF MYSELF THAT I’VE PROBABLY LOST HERE MANY YEARS AGO.  

MARILYN IS MY HERO. I STARTED LOOKING AT HER WHEN I WAS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHO I WAS. I WAS IN PANIC, I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. THEN A VERY WISE PERSON ASKED ME: “WHO DO YOU REALLY LIKE?” AND I WAS SURE ABOUT THE ANSWER: MARILYN!

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SHE IS UNREACHABLE LIKE A MAGIC PLACE IN THE DESERT

SHE IS JUST A GIRL, BUT A VERY SMART ONE

SHE IS A POET AND SHE’S ALWAYS IN MANY PLACES AT THE SAME TIME.

SHE IS A PAINTER AND HER IMAGE IS HER MASTERPIECE.

SHE’S ONE OF THE BEST CLOWNS EVER AND SHE HAS THE MAGIC TALENT TO BE TRUTHFUL BEHIND THE MASK. 

I’M STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO I AM. I KNOW THAT EVERY TIME I TRY TO FIT INTO SOMEONE ELSE’S IDES, OR WHEN I COMPARE MYSELF TO OTHERS, A VOICE INSIDE OF ME STARTS SCREAMING: NOOOOOOOOOO! AND IT MAKES ME FEEL MISERABLE AND HOPELESS.

SO I’LL CONTINUE TO FIND MY OWN PATH AND FOR THAT I MUST TAKE A LITTLE STEP EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR: COXY CHIARA RODONI

PHOTOGRAPHER: STEFANIA ROSINI

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