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Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress badly damaged after Kim Kardashian wore it for 2022 Met Gala

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Marilyn Monroe’s dress was severely damaged after Kim Kardashian wore it for the 2022 Met Gala. Pic credit: © Thompson/AdMedia

It is a sad day for Marilyn Monroe fans, as new photos show the damage that Marilyn’s iconic dress suffered after being removed from the archives for Kim Kardashian’s 2022 Met Gala appearance.

Kim Kardashian attended the 2022 Met Gala, where she debuted bleach blonde hair and a 16-pound weight loss. 

Marilyn’s dress was custom-made for the actress, and she wore it for her infamous Happy Birthday, Mr. President serenade to rumored lover, President John F. Kennedy. 

Although Kim ultimately changed into a replica dress for much of the evening, it seemed the damage was done. Fans can view the dress at Ripley’s Hollywood location.

Marilyn Monroe’s dress was damaged after Kim Kardashian wore it 

An Instagram page dedicated to Marilyn Monroe’s fashion shared photos of the dress before and after Kim wore it, and the pictures aren’t pretty. 

A pre- Met Gala photo showed Marilyn’s iconic dress in pristine condition as it rested on a mannequin. The post- Met Gala photos show the dress with ripped seams and busted-off embellishments. 

The dress was missing crystals and appeared to be in general disarray.

The caption for the photos said, “The dress on display at Ripley’s Hollywood location on June 12, 2022. 🥺 Shared with me by @1morrisette . So much for keeping “the integrity of the dress and the preservation.” @ripleysbelieveitornot, was it worth it?” 

Another before-and-after photo showed the dress before and after Kim wore it, and the contrast is shocking. 

The caption read, “Just in case you missed it… Missing crystals, and some left hanging by a thread. The dress on display at Ripley’s Hollywood location on June 12, 2022. Shared with me by @1morrisette. @ripleysbelieveitornot , Was it worth it?“

Marilyn’s dress was more than 50 years old and was in Ripley’s Believe It or Not archives before it was removed for Kim to wear.

Kim Kardashian attends the 2022 Met Gala 

Kim Kardashian has been a mainstay at the Met Gala since she attended as a guest of Kanye West and was pregnant with North West in 2013. 

Since then, she has had some fashion moments, including last year’s head-to-toe covered blackout gown by Balenciaga. This year, Kim shocked fans and online critics when she wore a piece of history– Marilyn Monroe’s iconic JFK dress. 

Kim even bleached her dark hair blonde for the occasion and was accompanied by her boyfriend, comedian Pete Davidson. 

Kim stopped on the red carpet to chat with friend Lala Anthony and discuss her 16-pound weight loss. She also shared historical information about the dress, which Marilyn wore in 1962.

Kim has kept off the weight for the past month and enjoyed her new look with various photoshoots. 

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  1. Exactly,why let her wear it,altho she thinks she somebody special,she isnt….there is nothing real or iconic about her….she wasn’t good enough to have that honor….these people need to go away….

  2. Why is this even allowed?! I guess money does buy everything even to the detriment of history. What a shame! What’s next for her? I think it’s sad that museums allow this to happen. I understand her wanting to lose weight to be a certain body type but the stress was made for someone with talent and skill not just for someone who is wealthy and board. It was made for one woman in one woman should’ve been the only one to ever wear that garment.

  3. I hear Stormy Daniels also asked to borrow it and now that it’s trashed Riplys is considering it since she and Kim are both in the same profession

  4. Never should have been allowed to wear it, that is history and she just ruined it because she thinks she is special! Just because people have money they can still be told no! Learn to hurt their feelings. Sometimes they need it, just like the Queen told her spoiled ass no! Lol

  5. It was a lame idea for Ripley’s to let her wear it (they sacrificed the integrity to boost attendance) but at the same time…whatever. I’m more concerned about the children dying and being displaced in Ukraine.

  6. Seriously why the hell do people care? it’s just a dress worn by a mediocre actress who had an affair with one of our presidents


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