Kim Kardashian was first told she couldn't wear Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress to the Met Gala, but the museum holding the piece had a change of heart after Kim put in the work. A spokesperson for Ripley said that Kim's team reached out a few months ago after doing some research about the dress. They then met for a fitting, but it didn't go well. Ripley reps were not happy with how it fit her, so the museum denied its use. Remember, the dress is 60 years old so the fabric and seams needed to be handled gently.
But determined to make it work, Kim went on a crash diet and shed 16 pounds, and then went back to Ripley's. To everyone's delight, it was a better fit, and Kim was granted permission to borrow the gown. Kim wore the actual dress to walk the red carpet and take photos, but then changed into a replica for the actual event inside.
In lieu of a rental fee, Kim's made donations on the museum's behalf to various organizations in Orlando. The dress is going back on display starting Memorial Day, this time at the Ripley's in Hollywood, CA, along with other accessories she paired with it at the Gala.
Marlo Hampton (Le'Archive), eat your heart out.