Many people didn’t know Marilyn Monroe: Kim Kardashian

Reality television star Kim Kardashian, in a recent interview, shared that not many people knew Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe before she donned the famous dress by the latter to this year’s Met Gala. 

Speaking on the Today Show, Kim revealed that she found out that some people on TikTok had no idea who Marilyn Monroe was before she wore her dress. She explained, “That was the most shocking thing to me and that’s why I was so happy to at least have that opportunity and that Ripley’s gave me the opportunity to share this moment so that it could live on.”

Discussing it further, Kim added, “I respect her and I understand how much this dress means to American history. With the theme being American, I thought what is more American than Marilyn Monroe singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the president of the United States.”

The Skims founder then continued to say, “It was such a process. I showed up on the red carpet in a robe and slippers. I put the dress on the bottom of the carpet, went up the stairs, I probably had it on for four minutes and then I changed right at the top of the stairs.

Kim also denied the rumours that she damaged Marilyn’s dress. “No. [Ripley’s and I] worked together so well. There were handlers and gloves that put it on me.”

Kardashian turned heads last month when she appeared at the event in the skin-tight dress the screen siren wore to serenade then-president John F. Kennedy on his birthday in 1962. But a Monroe memorabilia collector complained this week the dress had been ripped and published what he said were before-and-after pictures showing missing crystals and tears by its fasteners.

Los Angeles-based museum Ripley’s Believe It or Not! pushed back Thursday, saying the reality star-turned-entrepreneur had not left her mark on the gown. “Kim Kardashian wearing the ‘Happy Birthday’ dress has been hotly contested, but the fact remains that she did not, in any way, damage the garment in the short amount of time it was worn at the Met Gala,” the museum said on its website.

“From the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim got into the dress, to the top where it was returned, the dress was in the same condition it started in,” said Amanda Joiner, Ripley’s Vice President of Publishing and Licensing, who looked after the dress on the day. The museum bought the dress at auction in 2016 for $4.8 million.

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