Kim Kardashian has responded to allegations that she damaged Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress.
The mother-of-four wore the dress to the Met Gala 2022 after losing 20 pounds to fit into it.
Late Hollywood legend Marilyn wore the dress in 1964 to sing Happy Birthday to then-president John F Kennedy.
After the Met Gala, Kim was accused of returning the dress to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum with the dress looking distressed.
Kim appeared on the Today show to speak about the allegations for the first time.
Host Hoda Kotb asked the reality star: “We keep seeing stuff like, ‘The dress is ruined’… All of that is not true?”
Kim replied: “No. Ripley’s [and I] worked together so well; there were handlers in gloves that put it on me.
“It was such a process… I showed up to the red carpet in a robe and slippers, and I put the dress on on the bottom of the carpet, went up the stairs … I probably had it on for three minutes, four minutes.”
Kim added: “I respect [Monroe]. I understand how much this dress means to American history.
“And with the theme [of the Met Gala] being American, I thought, ‘What’s more American than Marilyn Monroe singing happy to the President of the United States?'”
In their defence of the star, a spokesperson for Ripley’s said last week: “From the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim got into the dress, to the top where it was returned, the dress was in the same condition it started in.”
Kim also talked about her controversial weight loss for the event, saying: “I looked at it like a role. And I really wanted to wear this dress. It was really important to me.
“It actually taught me a lot about my lifestyle and my health. I’m down 21 pounds now.”