Beauty is pain.
“Tomorrow is Met Monday, and I didn’t get a lot of sleep because we had to pull an all-nighter to dye my hair blond,” the 42-year-old style star said of going platinum to fully embody the late Hollywood bombshell.
“[The] process is so tedious and annoying and it’s a lot. We don’t have a shampoo bowl so we’re having to rinse it a million times. It is what it is. It’s dedication.”
Added Chris Appleton, the star’s hairstylist, “Just keeping it real, you would think it would be more glamorous than this.”
He also said that the last time he pulled off a major color change for Kardashian, it took a whole week — but for the Met Gala, he was only given two days to make it happen.
“I’ve never met anyone more dedicated than Kim. She’s ready to sit for 15-hour sessions,” the pro stylist added.
During the episode, the Skims founder also opened up about the great lengths required to wear Monroe’s iconic “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” gown — on loan from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! — for just a few minutes at the Met.
“No one can touch me,” she said. “If anyone touches me and gets their oils on the dress … it’s too risky.”
And viewers get a glimpse at the sauna suit Kardashian used to help her lose 16 pounds in just a few weeks to fit into the historic gown, which couldn’t be altered.
“I put it on and it makes you just sweat; even if it’s water weight, it will help,” she explained, before admitting that her weeks-long preparation would only amount to a few minutes on Met Gala night.
“All of this — this losing weight, dyeing the hair for 30 hours, leaving the hotel in a robe, getting there, changing on the red carpet, just walking to the red carpet, then changing again into a replica of the dress because we can’t risk sitting in it and eating dinner — is all for maybe 10 minutes of my life … like, that’s it,” Kardashian mused.
Anticipating the backlash she’d later receive for wearing Monroe’s look at the Met, she added, “I’m a little nervous some people will hate, and just be like, ‘How dare she think she can step into Marilyn’s dress’ … and I get that.”