Becoming Tinkerbell

By | June 17, 2019

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A cosplay fan dresses like Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. Source: (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

One of Disney’s most beloved characters—and one that had stood the test of time—is the adorable, spunky, and slightly sexy Tinkerbell. The scantily clad pixie from Disney and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan was the highlight of that 1953 film. While it is true that the animators at Disney used a real-life model when creating Tinkerbell, it may not be who you think it is. Let’s dispel some myths about the origins of Tinkerbell and uncover the real Tinkerbell.

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Tinkerbell is curvy and blonde, just like Marilyn Monroe. Source: (

Was Tinkerbell Modeled After Marilyn Monroe?

The short answer is no. Although Marilyn Monroe was at the height of her popularity in 1953, the year she starred in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the rumor that she was the inspiration behind Tinkerbell was really just a rumor. Although Tinkerbell was also a blonde, her body was not quite a curvy as Monroe's, and her character was more playful and innocent than the flirtatious and sexy actress. So then who was the real Tinkerbell?