This reward may be a “fake” — consider it or not.
Kim Kardashian rocked generations of followers when she stepped out on the Met Gala purple carpet sporting considered one of Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic looks.
The costume was a loaner from Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Museum in Orlando, Florida, which reportedly additionally shocked the 41-year-old actuality TV star with what they claimed to be a lock of the legendary bombshell’s platinum hair — snipped simply earlier than she serenaded President John F. Kennedy at Madison Sq. Backyard for his 1962 birthday.
Nonetheless, Monroe historian Scott Fortner claims to have debunked components of Ripley’s story, and will have the receipt to show it.
“News Alert: Marilyn Monroe Hair Gifted to Kardashian by Ripley’s is Fake,” Fortner declared on Instagram. On Friday, the collector re-shared Ripley’s clip of Kardashian accepting her reward, adopted by a screenshot from the museum’s web site, and what Fortner claims to be a photograph of a 1962 hair salon receipt — placing the hair-loom’s origins into query.
Fortner is claimed to maintain the world’s largest non-public assortment of Monroe’s property and archives, in keeping with his web site TheMarilynMonroeCollection.com, the place he additionally shared a blog post billing Kardashian’s Monroe lock as “fake.”
In an announcement to The Put up, Ripley’s clarified their description of the lock of hair granted to Kardashian, in addition to a “second, separate” lock that was displayed solely in her Met Gala dressing room — neither of which will be decidedly related to JFK’s birthday.
In accordance with Ripley’s’ preliminary description, the “lock was clipped by her hairstylist Robert Champion just prior to her Madison Square Garden performance,” when she famously crooned “Happy Birthday” to the politician.
The museum notes that the lock from the starlet’s signature blonde bob was “authenticated by John Reznikoff, one of the most respected and trusted experts in the field of hair collecting.”
The museum now maintains that each locks — the one featured of their video with Kardashian, and the one pictured in her dressing room on their web site — are genuine. Nonetheless, they’ve conceded that they can’t show the lock initially belonging to Champion was taken earlier than the MSG present.
“The hair gifted to Kim was given by Marilyn Monroe to Robert Champion. This clipping was authenticated by John Reznikoff, one of the most respected and trusted experts in the field of hair collecting. It was gifted to Kim at Ripley’s Orlando HQ on April 23, 2022 – not the night of the Met Gala. A second, different clipping was exhibited in Kim’s Met Gala dressing room on May 2, 2022,” Ripley’s detailed of their correction to The Put up.
“The article on Ripleys.com detailing the sample displayed in Kim’s dressing room has been amended,” they stated, and supplied the 2006 letter of authentication from their hair expert, Reznikoff.
Fortner had alleged that hairstylist Champion by no means touched Monroe’s hair on that notorious evening.
“Paul Fraser Collectibles sold the hair in 2019,” he defined within the caption of his publish. “Their description for the lot: ‘Just hours before her performance, Monroe visited her personal hairdresser Robert Champion at the Coiffures Americana Beauty Salon, housed within the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue.’ ”
He continued, “One might assume the hair given to KK was a part of this lot of hair that was reduce by Robert Champion ‘just prior to her MSG performance.’ “
“News Flash: Robert Champion did not cut and style Marilyn’s hair for the JFK gala. It was actually the one and only ‘Mr. Kenneth’ (Kenneth Battelle) who had the honors,” Fortner testified on social media.
“Battelle is responsible for Marilyn’s famous hairstyle from that night, as documented by a receipt from Lilly Dache Beauty Salon … The receipt, dated May 25, 1962, lists a ‘Hair Dress’ and references May 18 and 19, 1962. May 19th was the date of the Kennedy gala. The bottom the receipt reads, ‘Kenneth Services at home Fri + Saturday.’ Marilyn paid $150 for the service,” the expert defined.
Reznikoff and Fortner didn’t reply to The Put up’s request for remark.