Kim Kardashian Addresses Alleged Damage to Marilyn Monroe Dress

Kim Kardashian
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Kim Kardashian is addressing accusations that she damaged Marilyn Monroe‘s Bob MackieAfter wearing it to 2022 Met Gala

Interview with TodayThe program aired Tuesday, June 21st, and was hosted by Kardashian, 41. Hoda Koch Savannah Guthrie: “I respect [Marilyn]. I know how important this dress is to American history and the significance of the [Met] theme being American, I thought what is more American than Marilyn Monroe singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the President of the United States.”

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

When Kotb, 57, asked Kardashian to address claims the dress was “ruined,” the Skims founder shook her head and said, “No … Ripley’s [and I]They all worked well together. There were handlers and gloves that put it on me.”

Kardashian also spoke out about her weight loss and the backlash that she received after she revealed that she had lost 16 pounds to get the look. “I looked at it like a role, and I really wanted to wear this dress. It was really important to me.”

The beauty mogul said that her transformation had taught her a lot about herself and her lifestyle. “Since then, I’ve continued to eat really healthy. I’m down 21 pounds now. I’m not trying to lose any more weight, but I have more energy than ever. I cut out so much sugar, a lot of junk food I was eating … I just completely changed my lifestyle.

Kardashian’s interview comes after collector Scott FornterThe dress, which the late icon wore in 1962 to serenade John F. Kennedy, was allegedly badly damaged after it was loaned to him. Keeping up with Kardashians alum, for fashion’s biggest night on May 2. Fortner claimed that the photos were taken June 12. The dress had rips in its sleeves, tears at the zipper, and was missing several crystals. The fashion historian also shared images taken of the dress ahead of Kardashian’s Met Gala appearance that showed the look with no blemishes.

Fortner further addressed concerns surrounding the dress by uploading a video of the design taken before it was purchased by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! In 2016 it was sold for $4.8 million. “To anyone who may be questioning the actual condition of Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ dress prior to being purchased by @RipleysBelieveItOrNot or implying that low quality photos of the dress were shared to somehow make the newly discovered damage to the dress seem worse than it actually is, this is [a] 4L video that I took of the gown while it was on display at @Juliens_Auctions in November 2016,” he said. “Without question, the damage is significant.”

Before Kardashian borrowed the number, it was housed in a dark, temperature controlled room at Ripley’s. The Met Gala was the day that the archival center highlighted that Kardashian had not been allowed to alter the look. Instead, she had worn the frock to the Met steps and had transformed into a replica.

“Great care was taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history,” Ripley’s wrote in a statement shared via their official Instagram account. “With input from garment conservationists, appraisers and archivists, the garment’s condition was top priority. Believe it or not! No alterations were to be made to the dress and Kim even changed into a replica after the red carpet.”

Ripley’s released an additional statement on May 5, per the Daily Beast, saying: “We basically had many conversations with Kim and her team and put a lot of requirements in place with security and with the handling of the dress.”

Ripley’s continued: “The dress was never with Kim alone. It was always with a Ripley’s representative. We always ensured that at any time we felt that the dress was in danger or ripping or we felt uncomfortable about anything, we always had the ability to be able to say we were not going to continue with this.”

Prior to her conversation with Kotb and Guthrie, Kardashian echoed similar sentiments, sharing an understanding of the dress’ importance. “I’m extremely respectful to the dress and what it means to American history. I would never want to sit in it or eat in it or have any risk of any damage to it and I won’t be wearing the kind of body makeup I usually do,” the Skims founder told VogueInterview published May 2.

She also spoke previously about her strict weight loss program. “I would wear a sauna suit twice a day, run on the treadmill, completely cut out all sugar and all carbs, and just eat the cleanest veggies and protein … I didn’t starve myself, but I was so strict,” she told Vogue. In a different interview with the fashion magazine, the Selfish author revealed she had to “lose 16 pounds … to be able to fit” into the design.

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