As the Met Gala red carpet drew to a close on Monday night, Kim Kardashian arrived fashionably late in a sparkly bodycon dress once worn by Marilyn Monroe. Decorated over 6000 handmade crystals
the favorite dress was worn by Monroe when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
While Kardashian certainly looked glamorous, she opted for a rather loose interpretation of the evening’s theme, which centered around America’s Gilded Age, a period in the last 30 years of the 19th century when industrialization rapidly widened the country’s wealth gap.
Created 60 years ago by Hollywood designer Jean Louis with the help of Bob Mackie, the sparkling dress is one of Monroe’s most iconic looks. It was loaned to Kardashian by Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, a museum and events franchise that purchased the dress for record $4.8 million
at auction 2016
Kim Kardashian at yesterday’s Met Gala in a Marilyn Monroe dress. Credit: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images
Speaking after Monroe’s seductive performance on his 45th birthday, Kennedy said: “Now I can retire from politics after having ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to me in such sweet, wholesome way
The moment sparked speculation about the nature of Monroe and Kennedy’s relationship.
Part of the legend associated with Monroe’s dress is that it was supposed to be sewn into a tight dress and couldn’t wear underwear
underneath it. It was so crowded that she had difficulty walking while performing in 1962. Kardashian faced similar challenges on the Costume Institute red carpet, where she was seen carefully climbing the stairs with the help of her boyfriend, Pete Davidson. According to her agreement with Ripley, without changes
the dress was allowed to be made, although it was later turned into a replica for the remainder of the event.
Actress Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in honor of his upcoming 45th birthday. Credit: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
Kardashian told Vogue she lost 16 pounds in just three weeks to fit into her clothes: “It was such a challenge, it felt like a role. I was determined to live up to it. I don’t think they believed I would do it, but I did it.”
While her image was met with applause of the night and plenty of positive feedback, Kardashian was criticized by some social media users for glossing over her weight loss, a topic she spoke about earlier. painted anger
because in the past. One user called her rapid weight change “extremely unhealthy,” while another urged her to “think about the impact of what you’re saying,” adding that discussion of extreme weight loss is “harmful.” Another added that they thought her “message is so harmful to the young girls who watch.”
Speaking about this year’s Met Gala dress, Kardashian tweeted that she was “deserved
“Being the first to wear this dress since Monroe wore it decades ago, saying, ‘I’m always grateful for this moment.’
Ripley tweeted to the reality TV star, “You really Marilyn of our time