When Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe’s famed gown to the 2022 Met Gala in May, it became a sensation all around the world. Earlier in June, rumours claimed that the reality TV star had spoiled the late Hollywood actor’s gown. Kim, however, did not cause any harm to the gown, according to a new report.
Following the extensive sharing of the images over the internet and social media reportedly showing the dress before and after Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe‘s, which pointed damages, a representative for Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not!’, which purchased the outfit for $4.8 million in 2016, defended Kim in an interview.
According to the representative’s statement to TMZ, “‘A lot of the seams are pulled and worn,’ according to a report prepared on the dress’s condition in early 2017. Given how delicate the material is, this is unsurprising. ‘There is puckering at the back by the hooks and eyes,’ and there are other signs of wear.”
Kim Kardashian Did Not Spoil Marilyn Monroe Iconic Dress
The photo of the iconic dress of Marilyn Monroe claiming to be from ‘before’ was taken before Ripley’s acquired the dress, TMZ reported. The representative told the media outlet that since the purchase of the dress, Ripley’s has displayed it around the world; a process that has also put the dress at risk for potential damage.
Amanda Joiner, Ripley’s Vice President of Publishing and Licensing, who was with Kim and the dress for the entire day at the Met Gala, said, “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.”
The dress Kim Kardashian wore was first worn by Marilyn, when she sang on President John F. Kennedy’s birthday in 1962. Kim said she lost 16 pounds (more than 7kg) to fit into the piece, after Ripley’s first refused to give permission.
Kim was also gifted with Marilyn’s hair. One of the reports accused her of damaging the dress, also stated that her hair was fake. This has also been debunked, as per TMZ.