Marilyn Manson is one of the most instantly recognizable figures in the music business. For years he?s been sporting an iconic look: thick, snowy foundation and shadowy eye make-up, oil-black hair and a massive array of gothic clothing. Not only is Manson?s style distinct, it?s also proven problematic, collecting a range of misconceptions and negative societal stigmas.
It?s fairly obvious by now that that?s the whole point ? to celebrate duality and complexity. His stage name is one such example, taken from two very different sources: Marilyn Monroe ? the famous model and actress ? and Charles Manson ? the infamous cult leader and murderer. It?s the perfect summation of everything for which the musician stands.
Manson is living, breathing proof of the dangers of judging based on appearance. While the world has conjured up one version of Marilyn Manson in its mind, fans know a totally different side to the prolific rocker. Whereas most people see nothing more than what they want to see, Manson has been quietly proving people wrong since the very inception of his career as an artist?