Kim Kardashian is receiving backlash from fans who accuse her of copying Marilyn Monroe's famous golden dress with her latest SKIMS collection. The reality TV star released a Swarovski crystal-embellished stretch-woven maxi dress on her website for £180, which some fans claim strongly resembles the dress worn by Monroe when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F Kennedy in 1962.
Critics have taken to Reddit to express their discontent, with comments ranging from accusations of lacking originality to suggesting legal action against Kardashian. One person shared a link to a Vogue article on the issue, stating, "Kim is selling a Skims version of the Marilyn dress?! Pls can we discuss." Another commenter remarked, "If I handled MM's estate - I'd sue the dog sh*t out of her. First, she destroys then she attempts to collect on her image."
Further criticism was directed at Kardashian's lack of individuality, artistic integrity, and talent. Fans expressed their disappointment, arguing that Monroe's legacy should be respected and left untouched. Others commented on the quality of the dress, describing it as "ugly" with "awful" fabric.
It's important to note that fans also referenced the damage inflicted on Monroe's dress when Kim Kardashian wore it to the Met Gala last year. Addressing the damage, Kardashian clarified on the Today show that rumors of ruining the dress were false. She explained the meticulous process of handling the dress and emphasized that it was only worn for a few minutes on the red carpet.
Kardashian's commitment to wearing the outfit was evident, as she shared her weight loss journey to fit into it. Losing 16 pounds, she described the challenge as equivalent to preparing for a movie role. Kardashian's determination to wear the dress showcased her dedication to the fashion venture.
While fans may argue about the dress's resemblance and originality, the controversy highlights the ongoing debate surrounding appropriation in the fashion industry. As discussions continue, it remains to be seen how Kim Kardashian will address the accusations and whether it will impact her SKIMS collection.