Well, it IS a "costume" wig after all. So what did I expect! It came out of the box looking a lot like the judges' pompadour wigs of old. That being said, after working with it for a bit (and it seems to style nicely with my fingers), I was able to get it too look more like the Marilyn style of the picture. It does take some work and patience though. But, I think it will be just fine in the end.