Kim Kardashian famously — or rather, infamously — wore Marilyn Monroe’s dress to the Met Gala this year, attempting to drop a lot of weight to fit into the historically-preserved garment. In the end, they couldn’t get the zipper of the fragile dress to close and they covered her back with a fur wrap to hide it.
There were concerns about her damaging the dress, which was made of a sheer, flesh-colored marquisette fabric, with 2500 rhinestones sewn into it, some of which are now missing.
On the Met Gala red carpet, Kardashian told interviewers, “I tried it on and it didn’t fit me. I said, ‘Give me three weeks.’ I had to lose 16 pounds down today.”
Riverdale star Lili Reinhart roasted Kardashian (without naming her) for her weight loss statements on her Instagram Story, saying, “To walk on a red carpet and do an interview where you say how starving you are…because you haven’t eaten carbs in the last month…all to fit in a fucking dress? So wrong. So f-cked on 100s of levels.”
“To openly admit to starving yourself for the sake of the Met Gala,” she went on. “When you know very well that millions of young men and women are looking up to you and listening to your every word. The ignorance is other-worldly disgusting.”
The Marilyn Monroe Collection is the world’s largest private collection of Monroe’s personal effects and they shared before and after photos of the dress’s back to their Instagram, showing the missing rhinestones and torn fabric.
After the dress was loaned to Kardashian for the Met Gala, it was put on display at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Hollywood, and many have posted outrage and concern about the dress’s condition after Kardashian wore the garment and irrevocably damaged it.
Twitter users blasted Kim K and Ripley’s for continuing to exploit Marilyn Monroe and ruining the historic dress.
As the Marilyn Monroe Collection quite rightly asked Ripley’s in their Instagram post, “Was it worth it?”