Meet Maria Stinger, the Marilyn Monroe of Miami

Maria Stinger was a bombshell in her day. Throughout the 1950s and '60s, Stinger was a popular pin-up model, working with the likes of famed pinup and photographer Bunny Yeager. She was renowned for her resemblance to the iconic Marilyn Monroe.

Then, at 34 years old, Stinger took her own life.

But her story doesn't end there. A half-century later, her suicide would inspire her granddaughter's first documentary.

KEEP MIAMI NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Ashli Molina