Kim Kardashian Says She Predicted Marilyn Monroe Dress Backlash

Kim Kardashian wasn’t shocked about getting slammed for sporting Marilyn Monroe’s iconic gown on the 2022 Met Gala.

Within the newest episode of “The Kardashians,” the Skims founder described feeling “nervous” about her plan to put on the robe.

“I’m a little nervous some people will hate, and just be like, ‘How dare she think she can step into Marilyn’s dress,’” Kardashian mentioned throughout Thursday’s episode of the present. “And I get that.”

On the trend occasion, the TV star confirmed up in Monroe’s iconic gown — the precise one the Hollywood icon donned in 1962 when she sang a legendary breathy rendition of the “Happy Birthday” track to then-president John F. Kennedy for his forty fifth birthday.

Kardashian’s daring transfer marked solely the second time in historical past that the well-known garment was tried on, in response to an Instagram publish from Ripley’s museum, which housed the gown.

The truth TV star labored with the museum to protect the piece of popular culture by fastidiously transporting it with gloves and making certain she solely wore the gown for a restricted time frame on the pink carpet.

On the most recent episode of “The Kardashians,” she described the laborious strategy of getting clearance for the style second.

In a single clip, whereas analyzing a duplicate of the robe, Kardashian admitted that she feared she couldn’t match the historic garment over her body.

“If this does not fit me, like, I can’t even try the original,” she advised her stylist, Danielle Levi.

Even when it got here to replicas of the robe, she defined, “No one trusted us; for years, they would never send samples.”

“Then once I would get to Paris and try on the samples, they would be like, ‘Oh, wait, she actually fits in our stuff.’ So I don’t know how to convince the guy who owns the original Marilyn dress that I’m a shapeshifter,” she added.

Kardashian misplaced 16 kilos in three weeks to squeeze into the garment as a result of it wouldn’t absolutely zip over her body.

“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,” she advised Vogue on the pink carpet. “I didn’t starve myself, but I was so strict.”

Regardless of her weight-reduction plan and exercising, the gown solely partially fixed, inflicting her to rock a white, classic fur coat that draped over the uncovered zipper.

After the preliminary massive reveal on the pink carpet, Kardashian become a duplicate gown to guard the unique.

Actuality TV star Kim Kardashian and comic Pete Davidson arrive for the 2022 Met Gala on the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork on Could 2, 2022, in New York.

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Even with Kardashian’s further measures to protect the gown and the blonde bombshell’s legacy, many denounced her choice, together with Bob Mackie, the costume designer who sketched Monroe’s iconic gown simply months earlier than she died.

“[Marilyn] was a goddess. A crazy goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous. Nobody photographs like that. And it was done for her. It was designed for her,” he advised Leisure Weekly in Could of the gown. “Nobody else should be seen in that dress.”

Absolutely anticipating that backlash, Kardashian lately cleared up her motives behind borrowing the sultry getup.

“I love that Marilyn was a normal girl that figured it out and became the most famous woman in the entire world,” she mentioned of the late actor’s legacy. “It’s just fascinating.”

“That sounds like someone we know,” a producer then mentioned off-camera, to which Kardashian coyly replied: “Who?”

“The Kardashians” airs new episodes each Thursday on Hulu.