Kim Kardashian’s Marilyn moment was fleeting.
While the reality star did indeed stun on the Met Gala 2022 red carpet in Marilyn Monroe’s iconic “Happy Birthday Mr. President” gown, it turns out that’s where she left it.
Indeed, the original was only worn for a few minutes as she walked carefully up the steps with the help of boyfriend Pete Davidson and posed for photos.
Once Kardashian reached the top of the Met steps, the reality star changed into a replica of the priceless Jean Louis gown — along with a little help from a white-gloved assistant from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, where she borrowed the look, according to Vogue.
A special changing room was created especially for Kardashian, 41, to change into an exact copy of the sparkling dress, which is also owned by Ripley’s, along with the original.
“I’m extremely respectful to the dress and what it means to American history,” Kardashian told Vogue ahead of the Met Gala. “I would never want to sit in it or eat in it or have any risk of any damage to it and I won’t be wearing the kind of body makeup I usually do.”
Monroe’s dress is so fragile it’s stored in a dark, temperature-controlled vault set to 68 degrees and 40-50 percent humidity, and Kardashian is the first person to wear it since the famed Hollywood actress herself sported the gown back in 1962.
The dress, of course, couldn’t be altered, so rather than wear the perfectly-fitting replica, Kardashian lost 16 pounds in just a three weeks to wear the historic piece.
“I would wear a sauna suit twice a day, run on the treadmill, completely cut out all sugar and all carbs, and just eat the cleanest veggies and protein,” Kardashian told Vogue. “I didn’t starve myself, but I was so strict.”
Her hard work paid off when she tried the famed dress on again and zipped it up — helping her become one of the night’s best-dressed stars, along with Blake Lively, Alicia Keys and Janelle Monáe.
For fans who want to peer at the original, it’ll be on display at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Hollywood location starting Memorial Day Weekend.
As for the replica, we can only assume Kardashian will keep it in her own archives, perfectly preserved.