22 June 2022

Kim Kardashian breaks silence on claims she damaged Marilyn Monroe’s dress

The reality star said she wore the iconic 1962 dress for less than five minutes while on the red carpet at last month’s Met Gala.

Kim Kardashian is putting to rest any rumours that she damaged the Marilyn Monroe dress she wore at the Met Gala last month.

The mogul, 41, became the talk of the Met Gala 2022 red carpet when she lost over 20 pounds in order to fit into the legendary dress Monroe wore in 1962 to sing “Happy Birthday” to then-president John F. Kennedy.

The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum, which purchased the gown at auction for nearly $5 million and continues to display the piece, released a statement on Thursday denying that the dress was harmed during Kardashian’s Met Gala outing. And the Skims founder appeared on the Today show on Tuesday (June 21) to address the issue herself.

When asked if this was any damage to the dress, the star said “No, Ripley’s [and I] worked together so well; there were handlers in gloves that put it on me.”

Kardashian also noted that she had the dress on for less than five minutes on the red carpet as she posed for photos alongside her boyfriend Pete Davidson. “It was such a process,” she said. “I showed up to the red carpet in a robe and slippers, and I put the dress on the bottom of the carpet, went up the stairs. I probably had it on for three minutes, four minutes, and then I changed right at the top of the stairs.”

While some experts were sceptical about Kardashian borrowing such a historic piece of fashion, Ripley’s insisted it was in safe hands with The Kardashians star.

“This was no easy decision for Ripley’s, however, Kim Kardashian has continued to show the utmost respect for this opportunity and historic garment,” Ripley’s said in a post-gala statement. “From extensive research to following guidelines such as no body makeup, only wearing the dress for the short red-carpet appearance, and making absolutely no alterations, she has become a steward — and added to — its history.”

  • Writer Chris Saunders

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