The theme of this year's Met Gala is "Gilded Age."
“Well this is Marilyn Monroe’s dress and it is 60 years old and she wore this when she sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to President John F. Kennedy in 1962,” Kardashian introduced her outfit on the red carpet to Vogue journalist La La Anthony.
In a separate interview to the same publication, the SKIMS founder told Vogue of her look’s influence saying, “The idea really came to me after the gala in September last year.”
“I thought to myself, what would I have done for the American theme if it had not been the Balenciaga look? What’s the most American thing you can think of? And that’s Marilyn Monroe.”
“I always thought she was extremely curvy. I imagined I might be smaller in some places where she was bigger and bigger in places where she was smaller. So when it didn’t fit me I wanted to cry because it can’t be altered at all,” she stated.
In order to wear the classic outfit worn by Monroe several decades ago, the American socialite said she shed 16 pounds in three weeks and dyed her hair blonde for “14 hours straight” in preparation for the star-studded event, “It was this or nothing.”
“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. I didn’t starve myself, but I was so strict,” she continued. “I wanted to cry tears of joy when it went up.”
“It was such a challenge,” the reality star added to the publication. “It was like a role. I was determined to fit this. I haven’t had carbs or sugar in about three weeks. We’re having pizza and donut party back at the hotel.”
The dress has been on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in Orlando, Fla., since it was purchased for $4.81 million in 2016, making it one of the most expensive gowns ever sold, according to Variety. After climbing the stairs, Kim then switched into a replica of the dress.
Reactions to Kim Kardashian Attends The Met Gala In A Marilyn Monroe Gown
The spirit of Marilyn Monroe woke from her eternal rest to suck the beauty and life out of Kim Kardashian for disrespecting her legacy. She left Kim crusty, orange, and fried. Kim instantly aged 20 years and now looks like a stand in for Kris Jenner. #MetGala2022 #MetGala pic.twitter.com/YnYFkj67on— brandon, himbo in training (@PUTORlCAN) May 3, 2022
Kim Kardashian wearing Marilyn Monroe’s iconic Jean Louis dress from when she sensually sang Happy Birthday Mr. President to JFK. Truly iconic. Tying Kim to Marilyn as the sex symbol of the 21st century, building upon the narrative of her 2021 Balenciaga look. #MetGala pic.twitter.com/tRB4bCu9VK— 𝓶𝓪𝓽𝓽 (@mooglare) May 3, 2022
Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe’s actual dress and I’m livid. She does not deserve to wear such an actual icon’s dress. She is a plastic snake and Marilyn was a pure beauty. This is absolutely ridiculous and idk who let this happen but I’m very unappeased. #MarilynMonroe #Kim pic.twitter.com/dpfxMS8JaK— Bloomzdreams (@bloomzdreams) May 3, 2022