The stories behind my art: “Dreamgirl”


“Dreamgirl” by Mia Makila, 2012 (digital mixed media)

I created the digital piece “Dreamgirl” in 2012, 3 years after I took the photograph of my muse Domenique that I used as a base for the digital artwork.

The photo session with Domenique was inspired by “The Last Sitting” – by Bert Stern where he snapped the last pictures of Marilyn Monroe before they were featured in Vogue the same year she died.


From “The Last Sitting” photo session by Bert Stern (1962) where Marilyn Monroe where posing officially for the last time in her life.

My original photograph of Domenique that I used for “Dreamgirl”:


My original photo of my muse Domenique, posing as Marilyn, inspired by Stern’s pictures.

I also made two other versions of “Dreamgirl” by painting and adding new details and textures to the original fine art print:

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Outtakes from my Marilyn photo session with Domenique: DSC_0135sssmarilyn14DSC_0219aaasmarilyn31DSC_0339