Kim Kardashian wears iconic Marilyn Monroe dress to Met Gala

The dress originally cost $12,000. It was so tight Monroe had to be sewn into it when she purred “Happy birthday, Mr. president” to John F. Kennedy on May 19, 1962, at a Madison Square Garden fundraiser.

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Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” exhibition on Monday night in New York.

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” exhibition on Monday night in New York.

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NEW YORK — Kim Kardashian shut down the Met Gala red carpet Monday in one of Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic dresses, a gold-beaded body hugger Monroe wore when she sexily sang happy birthday to President John F. Kennedy 60 years ago.

Kardashian had to lose 16 pounds to fit into the dress, designed by Jean Louis and purchased in 2016 by the Ripley’s Believe or Not! museum in Orlando, Florida, for a whopping $4.81 million.

“It was such a challenge,” she said. “I was determined to fit it.”

Kim Kardashian attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala wearing the dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in 1962 when the late actress sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.”|

Kim Kardashian attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala wearing the dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in 1962 at a political fundraiser in New York.|

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The dress originally cost $12,000. It was so tight Monroe had to be sewn into it when she purred “Happy birthday, Mr. president” on May 19, 1962, at a Madison Square Garden fundraiser. She died three months later. It has been known as the “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress ever since.

Kardashian, with boyfriend Pete Davidson at her side, paired the dress with Cartier white gold drop diamond earrings and a furry white jacket she kept strategically low to cover her backside. Her hair was platinum and pulled tightly into a bun. But she only wore the fragile original dress for her walk up the Grand Staircase at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, changing into a replica after that, according to Vogue.

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