Washington (US), June 14: Kim Kardashian in Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress was one of the most talked-about looks at the MET Gala 2022 red carpet.
While some praised the "Kardashians" star for the way she carried the 60-year-old heritage, some were clearly not happy and thought it was an insult to the legend.
And now, the Business Mogul is under fire because it looks like she may have damaged the piece of clothing.
The 41-year-old "Kardashians" star reportedly lost 16 pounds in the weeks leading up to the Met Gala event to fit into the historic gown, and she even changed into a replica once she arrived at the party's entry since she couldn't move freely in the original.
"I'm extremely respectful to the dress and what it means to American history," the Kardashian said ahead of the party. "I would never want to sit in it or eat in it or have any risk of any damage to it and I won't be wearing the kind of body makeup I usually do," she added.
However, it appears that she may have damaged the "world's most expensive outfit" by simply posing for photos on the red carpet with Pete Davidson who later bleached his hair platinum blond to match his girlfriend's Marilyn-inspired tresses.
On Monday, Pop Culture shared side-by-side photographs of the gown from before and after Kim Kardashian wore it at the event. One of the pictures, especially around the dress's back clasp, shows traces of stretched fabric and missing crystals.
"Kim should've never worn that dress, to begin with. I mean yes it's nice to pay homage to Marilyn but she could've had a new dress made and replicated. This was a timeless and iconic artefact that's been ruined," a user tweeted.
"Leave it to Kim to destroy a historical piece of art," another user wrote.
While some Monroe experts were frustrated to see Kardashian wearing Monroe's "extremely fragile" gown at the Met, Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum, which loaned the gown to the star and is now displaying it at its Hollywood location, previously told the Post that precautions were taken to avoid any potential damage.
In a post-gala statement, Ripley's said, "This was no easy decision for Ripley's, however, Kim Kardashian has continued to show the utmost respect for this opportunity and historic garment. From extensive research to following guidelines such as no body makeup, only wearing the dress for the short red-carpet appearance, and making absolutely no alterations, she has become a steward and added to its history," Page Six reported.
While Ripley's museum released the statement right after the dress was back at the museum saying "great care was taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history", pictures that have now surfaced on the internet seem to contradict it.
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