Kim Kardashian said it was not true that she damaged Marilyn Monroe’s famous sequin dress when she wore it to the Met Gala in 2022. This was the first time she talked about the controversy in public.
In an interview on the “Today” show, host Hoda Kotb asked Kardashian if the claims that she had damaged the dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in 1962 to sing “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy were “not true.”
“No,” Kardashian said when asked if the dress was damaged because she wore it so much. “And I mean, Ripley’s and I work so well together. There were people with gloves who helped put it on me.”
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! lent Kardashian the dress, which she wore for a short time at the gala. According to a press release from the museum, the dress was bought for $4.8 million in 2016.
On June 14, it was said that Kardashian had hurt the dress. Scott Fortner runs the Instagram account for the Marilyn Monroe Collection. On June 12, Chad Michael Christian Morrisette posted photos that seemed to show that the dress had been damaged. The photos showed fraying fabric near the zipper and crystals that looked like they had fallen off.
Ripley’s said in a statement on Thursday that the dress was not damaged by what Kardashian wore.
The statement says, “The fact is that she did not damage the dress in any way during the short time she wore it to the Met Gala.”
Kardashian only wore the dress for a short time. She said on “Today” that she wore it for “three or four minutes.” Vogue said before that Kardashian only wore the dress to walk up the steps at the Met Gala. She wore a dressing gown to get to the event and then changed into the dress. Due to the delicate nature of the dress, she changed into a copy after she walked in.
“I respect her, and I know how important this dress is to the history of the United States,” Kardashian told “Today” about why she chose to wear the dress. “Since the theme was American, I thought, ‘What could be more American than Marilyn Monroe singing ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’?'”