in a interview with the today is the show On Tuesday, the celebrity mogul opened up about why she had accepted the offer to wear the dress and the intense care she took to preserve the garment.
She said This day that she and Ripley’s Believe it or Not, owner of the iconic dress, “worked very well together.”
“It was quite a process,” Kardashian said. This day. “There were handlers with gloves who put it on me.”
“I showed up on the red carpet in a robe and slippers, and I put on the dress at the bottom of the carpet, I went upstairs. I had it on for probably three minutes, four minutes, and then I changed right at the top of the stairs,” she continued.
Kardashian said she felt the iconic dress was a perfect fit for the MET Gala theme of “Gilded Glamour.”
“I understand how much this dress means to American history, and since the theme is American, I thought, ‘What’s more American than Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday to the President of the United States?'” she said.
In the days after the MET Gala, a Monroe collector posted before-and-after pictures of the dress, claiming that the dress was left with the fabric stretched and folded, along with crystals missing or “left hanging by a thread.”
Last week, Ripley tried to set the record straight, issuing a statement which they say “debunks” claims that Kardashian damaged the dress.
“A report written on the condition of the dress in early 2017 states that ‘several seams are pulled and worn. This is not surprising given how delicate the material is. There are creases on the back from the hooks and eyes, among other instances of damage,” the museum wrote.
“Kim Kardashian wearing the … dress has been highly questioned, but the fact is that she in no way damaged the garment in the short period of time it was worn at the Met Gala,” the statement continued.
Earlier this month, Kardashian also came under fire when she opened up about the “lifestyle changes” she had to make to fit into the “Happy Birthday” dress.
Kardashian told the today is the show that she lost 16 pounds to fit into the dress. She also wore a fur stole on the MET Gala red carpet as the dress did not fully close in the back.
To lose weight, he stated that he eliminated sugar, junk food and fried foods. She said This day which, as of last month, is continuing these lifestyle changes even after the MET Gala. She said that she has lost 21 pounds in total.
Kardashian claimed that she saw an opportunity to wear the dress as some kind of acting role.
“I saw it as a role, and I really wanted to wear this dress. It was very important to me,” Kardashian told the today is the show.
In an interview with The New York Times, he said he felt the decision was similar to celebrities who fluctuate weight for certain movie roles.
“For me it was like, OK, Christian Bale can do it for a movie role and that’s acceptable,” he said. “Even Renée Zellweger gained weight for a role. It’s all the same to me.”
— with files from Michelle Butterfield of Global News
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