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Kim Kardashian Said Many People Didn't Know Who Marilyn Monroe Was Before Wearing Her Dress

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Kim Kardashian Said Many People Didn't Know Who Marilyn Monroe Was Before Wearing Her Dress

Kim Kardashian reckons some people were unaware who Marilyn Monroe was before she wore her infamous 'Happy Birthday Mr President' dress.

The reality TV star caused quite a stir after rocking up to the Met Gala in the exact dress Monroe wore during her epic performance to John F. Kennedy in 1962.

Kim was slammed for losing too much weight in such a short space of time so she could fit into the outfit, and was also criticised for allegedly damaging the iconic dress, to which she has since denied.

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Marilyn Monroe, on the occasion of President Kennedy's 45th birthday celebrations at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Credit: Alamy
Marilyn Monroe, on the occasion of President Kennedy's 45th birthday celebrations at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Credit: Alamy

Speaking on the Today Show, host Savannah told Kim: "We were just talking, you said you were shocked on TikTok, some people don't even know who Marilyn Monroe was."

To which, Kim replied: "That was the most shocking thing to me and that's why I was so happy to at least have that opportunity and that Ripley's gave me the opportunity to share this moment so that it could live on."

Monroe wore the dress in Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962, just three months before her death.

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Kim added: "I respect her and I understand how much this dress means to American history. With the theme being American, I thought what is more American than Marilyn Monroe singing 'Happy Birthday' to the president of the United States."

The mum-four continued to say: "It was such a process.

"I showed up to the red carpet in a robe and slippers.

"I put the dress on on the bottom of the carpet, went up the stairs, I probably had it on for four minutes and then I changed right at the top of the stairs."

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Kim Kardashian rocked the actual dress Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang 'Happy Birthday Mr President' to John F. Kennedy in 1962. Credit: Alamy
Kim Kardashian rocked the actual dress Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang 'Happy Birthday Mr President' to John F. Kennedy in 1962. Credit: Alamy

Kim also claimed that the dress remains undamaged, despite previous reports.

She said: "No. [Ripley's and I] worked together so well.

"There was handlers and gloves that put it on me."

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The star previously told Vogue that she had to lose 16 pounds (1.14 stone) in just three weeks, with the 41-year-old claiming she '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'.

However, now addressing the criticism, Kim added: "I'm not trying to lose any more weight but I have more energy than ever. I cut out so much sugar, a lot of junk food I was eating.

"I just completely changed my lifestyle."

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Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Celebrity, Kim Kardashian

Anish Vij
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