Kim Kardashian wore the original Marilyn Monroe ‘s iconic dress for the last Met Gala!
Before Kardashian tried on the original Jean Louis-designed gown, which Monroe wore for her sultry “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” serenade to John F. Kennedy in New York City just few months before her death in 1962. But in a first moment it didn’t fit.
Kardashian said on the Met Gala red carpet that she had to lose 16 lbs in three weeks to fit into the gown.
“The dress was transported by guards and I had to wear gloves to try it on,” she told Vogue of the experience. “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.”
Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe ‘s dress for Met Gala
“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,” she told Vogue of her strict workout routine. “I didn’t starve myself, but I was so strict.”
Then, at the final fitting, the dress fit perfectly. “I wanted to cry tears of joy when it went up,” she said.
Kim actually wore the original dress for some minutes for the photos of her and boyfriend Pete Davidson on the red carpet.
According to Vogue, she had to change her dress immediately after the traditional photos. There was a conservationist from Ripley’s waiting “to assist her in white gloves.”
“I’m extremely respectful to the dress and what it means to American history. 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,” Kardashian told Vogue. “Everything had to be specifically timed and I had to practice walking up the stairs.”