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14th Jun 2022

Twitter reacts to ‘damaged’ Marilyn Monroe dress worn by Kim Kardashian

Katy Brennan

Kim K, Marilyn Monroe

“This was the destruction of an irreplaceable historical artifact.”

Kim Kardashian has been accused of damaging Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress after wearing it to the Met Gala.

The gown was originally designed for Marilyn, who wore it back in 1962 when she famously sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy.

Kim caused controversy when she donned the historic ensemble on the red carpet, with many historians condemning it as “irresponsible”. 

Now, new photographs of the dress show signs of tearing, and several crystals are missing or hanging off.

Needless to say, the images have sparked an intense debate online and many have taken to Twitter to weigh in.

“Why? Why why why why WHY? This is like walking into the Louvre and throwing paint thinner directly onto the Mona Lisa. Fashion preservation is so important. This was the destruction of an irreplaceable historical artifact, all for a walk down a red carpet. I’m going to be sick,” one person said.

“She should pay for repairs. And whoever gave the ok to let such an iconic dress be used as a prop should lose their job ASAP,” a second wrote.

Others defended the star, reminding people that it’s only a dress at the end of the day.

“The dress was meant to be worn it’s been sitting and rotting for years.. good for @KimKardashian for wearing it.. these things were meant to be worn and enjoyed… it looked great on her,” one person said.

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“It’s not Kim’s fault at the end of the day but the team. If she didn’t fit correctly or wasn’t in good quality to be worn then why do it,” another said.

Meanwhile, others pointed out that while the dress may be damaged, it is not okay to “bodyshame” Kim as this would have happened regardless of who wore it.

“Friendly reminder that you don’t have to bodyshame Kim to express disappointment about this happening. The dress would have been damaged no matter who wore it. Distress happens just by the fabric being handled or hung, that’s why clothing conservation is such a delicate craft.”

The Kardashian previously sparked debate when she revealed that she had went on an extreme diet to lose 16 pounds in 3 weeks so she could fit into the dress.