NOT only did Kim Kardashian have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to wear an iconic Marilyn Monroe dress, the reality show superstar was also given some locks of the blonde bombshell’s hair as a gift.
Before donning the heartthrob’s famous Jean Louis dress, which Marilyn famously squeezed into to sing Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy in 1962, Kim was given another special gift by Ripley’s Believe It or Not, current curators of the gown.
Kim Kardashian is shocked to received a locket of Marilyn Monroe’s hairCredit: Instagram/@ripleysbelieveitornot
Kim wore the icon’s famous Happy Birthday dress to the Met GalaCredit: Getty
As Kim, 41, opened the Tiffany-covered gift, she discovered a silver box that contained an actual lock of Marilyn’s iconic platinum hair.
“Oh, my God,” the Kardashians star exclaimed as her jaw fell to the floor, before joking: “I’m literally going to do some crazy voodoo s**t [to] channel her.
“This is so special to me. Thank you so much,” she added, hugging the company’s representatives.
As she carefully re-wrapped the gift, she jokingly warned boyfriend Pete Davidson: “Wow, this is sleeping with me every night. Sorry babe.”
Off camera, Pete, 28, could be heard replying: “That’s OK.”
According to the Ripley’s franchise, which paid nearly $5 million for the dress at an auction in 2016, Kim made fashion history by becoming the only person besides Marilyn Monroe to ever wear the gown.
“The multi-million-dollar dress has rarely been separated from its original dress form, let alone worn by anyone other than Monroe,” the company said in a statement. “Great care was taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history.
“With input from garment conservationists, appraisers, and archivists, the garment’s condition was top priority.
“Believe It or Not! no alterations were to be made to the dress and Kim even changed into a replica after the red carpet.”
The SKIMS founder revealed she went to great lengths to ensure she fit into the dress ahead of Monday’s event.
Speaking with Vogue on the red carpet at the Met Gala, Kim revealed the many hoops she had to jump through to fit into the gown.
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum, and Pete, 28, took a quick trip to Orlando, Florida, recently where the dress was being held at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Kim shared: “I had this idea to try it on and then they came with armed guards and gloves.”
At first, the dress didn’t fit the mom of four’s signature curves, but that didn’t stop her from wearing it to the Met Gala.
She told the magazine: “I tried it on and it didn’t fit me. I said, ‘Give me three weeks.’
“I had to lose 16 pounds down today.”
Kim went on: “It was such a challenge. It was like a [movie] role. I was determined to fit [into] it. I haven’t had carbs or sugar in about three weeks.
“We’re having pizza and doughnut party back at the hotel [after the Met Gala].”
But many fans said their stomach’s were turning looking at Kim in the dress, and fired out with vitriol.
“Disrespectful!! No one should wear this fragile dress again! You belong in jail for allowing this sacrilege!!” one angry fan shared.
Another commented: “That dress should never have been worn by anyone but Marilyn.”
One fan felt the original star was being robbed: “So sad to think that Marilyn wore this dress months before she died and here you are renting it out like a prom dress.
“This dress used to be known as the Marilyn Monroe Happy Birthday dress, now it will be forever known as The Marilyn Monroe dress that Kim Kardashian wore to the met gala.”
Another called it a travesty: “This is history in a dress. And you have devalued this important historic item. Your value as a museum is greatly diminished by this act, and yet again in death Marilyn is exploited.”
And one follower wondered what other piece of Hollywood history would soon be offered up: “So now…anyone can use it? Next the ruby red slippers.”
Kim holds Marilyn’s hair tight after representatives from Ripley’s gave it to herCredit: Instagram/@ripleysbelieveitornot
Marilyn wore the gown while singing “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not bought the iconic dress for $4.6 million in 2016Credit: Getty
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