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Kim Kardashian wore the iconic dress Marilyn Monroe stunned in as she sang ‘Happy Birthday, Mr President’ to this year’s Met Gala.
But now the reality star, 41, has come under fire for allegedly causing even more damage to the vintage gown. Watch below:
Photographs have emerged showing even more damage than was first reported to the dress, namely to one of its straps.
In photographs posted to Instagram, the strap also appears to have burst and is now being held to the mannequin by a ball pin.
News of the damage was first reported yesterday when before and after photographs of the back of the dress appeared online.
They showed that multiple crystals were now missing after Kardashian briefly wore it and that the fabric around the waist had been stretched.
Reacting to the additional photographs of the damage, RuPaul's Drag Race winner Aquaria wrote: “I’m sure the ball head pin they’re holding that up with isn’t helping anything either! Oof.”
Michelle Visage added: “Well.... They didn't HAVE to lend it, so who's to blame here?”
A sarcastic viewer added: “Let’s give her the Declaration of Independence to wear next.”
A second added: “Honestly, [Kardashian is] probably living for all of the attention this is giving her. All publicity is good publicity…”
A third wrote: “All the money in the world and she couldn’t just make a replica?”
Meanwhile, collector Scott Forner slammed Ripley’s Believe It or Not! For lending Kim the dress, describing the move as ‘irresponsible’.
The iconic dress from 1962 was first bought by the museum in 2016 for a whopping £3.8 million and is stored to ensure it does not deteriorate with age.
Namely, at a temperature of between 40 to 50 per cent humidity in a darkened room.
At the time of lending the dress, the museum insisted steps had been taken to preserve it when it was lent to Kardashian.
In a press statement, the museum said in May: “Great care was taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history.
“With input from garment conservationists, appraisers, and archivists, the garment’s condition was top priority. Believe It or Not! no alterations were to be made to the dress and Kim even changed into a replica after the red carpet!”
Contrary to many critics on social media, Forner said his problem was not with Kardashian herself, but with the museum for lending the dress in the first place.
“This is a cultural icon. It’s a political icon. It’s a Hollywood icon,” he stated.
“It’s part of American history from an event that happened 60 years ago and... it should have been archived and preserved and taken care of.”
Tyla has contacted Ripley's and Kim Kardashian's reps for comment.