Kim Kardashian broke the internet once again at the 2022 Met Gala, where she wore the iconic dress that Marilyn Monroe had donned while singing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy in 1962. But that wasn’t the only Monroe-inspired surprise that Kardashian had up her sleeve. The television personality revealed on Instagram on Friday that she changed after the Met Gala into a second gown worn by Monroe. Kardashian put on Monroe’s dress from the 1962 Golden Globes and even had the statue in hand that Monroe won that night.
“To top off my night after The Met, I had the honor of changing into Marilyn Monroe’s Norman Norell dress that she wore to the Golden Globes in 1962 — where she received the Henrietta Award For World Film Favorite,” Kardashian wrote on Instagram. “In my quest to find the Jean Louis hand beaded dress that I wore to the gala, I discovered Heritage Auctions owned Marilyn’s iconic green sequined gown. Further into my research, I found out that the owner of the Golden Globe that she received that evening was non other than my friend Jeff Leatham. I saw this all as a sign the way that all of the stars aligned.”
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Kardashian added, “It will forever be one of the greatest privileges of my life to be able to channel my inner Marilyn in this way, on such a special night. Thank you Heritage Auctions, Barbara Zweig and Jeff for helping to make this memory possible.”
The original Monroe dress that Kardashian wrote to the Met Gala had been on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in Orlando, Fla., since its purchase in 2016 for $4.81 million. That price tag made it one of the most expensive dresses ever sold. Kardashian was spotted visiting the museum on April 23, igniting speculation among fans that she’d be wearing the dress for the Met Gala.
Kardashian revealed to Vogue at the Met Gala that she had to lose 16 pounds in three weeks in order to fit into the “Happy Birthday” dress. The gown originally cost $12,000. The chiffon fabric was famously made to match Monroe’s skin tone, earning it the distinction of being a dress “that only Marilyn Monroe could wear.”
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