The reality TV star and businesswoman, who caused a stir at the last Met Gala wearing the movie star’s iconic dress, is under fire from critics. She justifies herself.
Accused for several weeks of having damaged the famous dress worn by Marilyn Monroe to sing “Happy Birthday Mr President”, Kim Kardashian has firmly denied having damaged this emblematic outfit during the gala evening at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
“I respect her. I understand the significance of this dress in the history of the United States. The theme was America and there is nothing more American than Marilyn Monroe singing Happy birthday to the President of the United States”, justified Kim Kardashian on Wednesday on the Today show.
Kim Kardashian, who had gone on a crash diet to be able to fit into the legendary dress, had a copy immediately after climbing the stairs: “I put the dress at the bottom of the red carpet, then I went up the stairs. I wore it for three, four minutes, and I changed immediately after at the top of the stairs,” she said, adding that employees of Ripley’s, the museum that owns the dress, had helped her by wearing gloves so as not to damage the outfit.
The dress already damaged in the past?
A collector, Scott Fortner, accused Kim Kardashian of having “irreparably damaged” the dress. To support his claims, he released photos of the cream dress adorned with thousands of crystals.
The snaps and the alleged damage to the dress, bought at auction by Ripley’s in 2016 for a record $4.8 million, have drawn widespread criticism on social media in recent days.
Ripley’s was quick to react, assuring that Kim Kardashian had “in no way damaged the garment during the short time it was worn at the Met Gala.” The museum also quotes in its press release a report written in early 2017 on the condition of the dress which already shows damage. “A number of seams are pulled and worn. This is not surprising given the delicacy of the material. There are creases at the back near the hooks and eyelets.”