Kim Kardashian Met Gala 2022: Inside Her Marilyn Monroe-Inspired Blonde Hair Transformation

There are a lot parallels that can be drawn between Marilyn Monroe and Kim Kardashian; top of the list may be their explosive beauty, which set off seismic waves in their respective eras. So Kardashian’s choice to channel the iconic Hollywood actress tonight at the 2022 Met Gala is a nod to the In America: A Fashion Anthology the theme is already the stuff of legend.

“I instantly thought, ‘What’s the most American thing you can think of?’ and it’s Marilyn Monroe,” Kardashian said. vogue. “What is Marilyn’s most American moment, and for me, is when she sang happy birthday to JFK.” When Kardashian donned the very dress Monroe wore to help ring in President John F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden in 1962 — a shimmering flesh-colored number widely known as the original nude dress — she epitomized style. iconic star, thanks in large part to a new platinum dye job.

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“I also wanted a physical change, so I figured I’d wait and do it for that, so I spend a day dyeing my hair—14 hours straight!—to do it,” explained Kardashian on achieving the perfect Marilyn bottle blonde shade with hairstylist Chris Appleton. Putting her own twist on Monroe’s hairstyle, Kardashian’s freshly peroxided lengths were slicked back into an ultra-modern taut bun. However, Kardashian’s winged eyes, stacks of false eyelashes and a fuzzy, vaseline-like glow on the lens added to the lookalike effect. Leave it to Kim to serve up a moment of reference and history down to (almost!) the smallest detail.

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