believe or unbelieve? Ripley’s Believe It or Not! officially spoke out to “vindicate” Kim Kardashian with a report on the condition of the 60-year-old dress before the Met Gala took place and “revealed” her “backing” force.
Ripley museum insists kim kardashian didn’t damage marilyn monroe’s dress
It’s been more than six weeks since the Met Gala closed the curtain. The discussion whether it’s worth it or not for a dominant play at the expense of historical artifacts, specifically the case of Kim Kardashian, seems to have come to an end. But recently, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! issued a statement to protect herself and her “partner” in this “cannot-make up” incident.
On Instagram, Ripley posted a forum to answer 4 questions, or rather, 4 criticisms in the form of questions. First on the damage to the dress: “There was a report from 2017 indicating the dress was in an alarming condition at the time, with some seams worn or broken. This is not surprising given the short lifespan of the material at the time. So with just a few minutes on the red carpet with Kim at the Met Gala it’s hard to spoil all those details.”
The climax of the controversy lies in a photo taken by photographer ChadMichael Morrissette posted to Instagram @marilynmonroecollection. People began to compare it with another photo before the Met Gala but did not specify the time. And it’s not hard to see the “before & after” difference: the crystals have been lost more or less, the buttons on the back of the shirt have loosened, and the fabric around the lint is exposed even the lining. The latest evidence for the “exhausted” state of the dress is that the straps are tattered and almost torn.
However, not long after the “before & after” comparison photo went viral, Buzzfeed reported that the “before” image of the dress was actually cut from a 2016 auction video, not right before. when Kardashian wears as many people think.
In response, @marilynmonroecollection yesterday took extra care in captioning and posting two photos taken 52 days apart (before and after the Met Gala). One was taken during Kim’s April 21 fitting session but was posted by Ripley on Reel on May 2; another is still a photo of Chad Michael Morrisette but is dated June 12. Accompanied by a strong statement: “If the photos and videos of 2016 are of no value, so is the report of 2017!”
On the “front line” side of Kim Kardashian, the Tiktok account @gaymanwithaspraytan is one of the few who defends Kim K and thinks that she is not the cause of this incident. “The damage was there before she put the dress on – or at least tried to wear it . ” He continued: “When looking at the April 21 photo, the crystals are missing, the brackets also appear to be loose and they are not even fully pulled up. So how do you make sure the dress doesn’t look like the after photo (taken on June 12) when fully buckled?” Surprisingly, under the comments, most of them agreed with the idea: “People always find a way to hate Kim. An unsightly display of envy!”
Back to Ripley’s correction on Instagram. The museum representative continued to explain: “There is no doubt about the fragility of the dress, in fact, the level of risk has also been carefully calculated when making this decision. Ripley’s has been collecting iconic pop culture memorabilia for over 100 years. Our aim is to convey history to young people. The dress could have slept in a private collection and forgotten with its story. But thanks to the Met Gala, now the whole world is talking!”
The museum dedicates the final answer to clarifying rumors about Kim’s “umbrella” and “power to buy fame”: “Kim Kardashian doesn’t pay for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! to wear the dress and vice versa, the company did not pay her salary. Instead, Kardashian donated to two community organizations in Orlando on Ripley’s behalf.”
So whose fault and the next steps of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! What if all the damage to the dress was included in the museum’s calculations?
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