Kanye West has some extremely loyal fashion friends. They’re even willing to go on record as saying Kim Kardashian is just like Marilyn Monroe in spite of the copious amount of evidence to the contrary. We could kind of see comparing Kardashian to Jayne Mansfield, but even that’s a reach. If, as Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci says, Kim Kardashian is “the Monroe of our age,” our age is an embarrassing failure.
“It’s not so much the beauty of people, but the talent, the roots and the intelligence that concern me,” Tisci said. “I love people who are not scared to fight for their own rights and have their own point of view. The world is big: the music world is big, the art world is big and the fashion world is big, but I think you can recognize a tribe in the similarity of people.”
Marilyn Monroe is a tough comparison for anybody to live up to. Kim has stepped up her style game lately, but she’s still not really famous for doing anything. We know from her Leno appearance that she cannot sing, and from multiple guest appearances on TV shows like Drop Dead Diva that she cannot act. She’s basically just famous for being on a boring reality TV show with her annoying, fame-grubbing family and not being embarrassed to have her boobs lasered on national television. And while Tisci is speaking of loving people who have their own points of view, Kardashian famously let her new boyfriend throw out all her clothes and Pygmalion her into a high-fashion American Girl doll.
Carine Roitfeld was the first of Kanye’s friends to try to package Kardashian as the modern Marilyn. At least when she tried to sell the comparision, she just declared that being beautiful was a talent, which made more sense than trying to say Kardashian was a hidden genius with a depth of talent that we’re all unaware of despite the fact that everything about Kardashian has been on TV for the last decade. Seriously, if Kardashian had a secret talent, we think we would know by now.
And Roitfeld is right, both Kardashian and Monroe are beautiful. They’re also both petite and curvy. But there was a lot more to Marilyn Monroe than being beautiful, petite, and curvy. She shimmered on screen and drew the eye in a way few actresses have ever been able to do. She was intellectually insecure, but a voracious reader and writer. In spite of her success, her life was full of tragedy. Kim, on the other hand, was the favorite child of rich L.A. parents and has had it pretty damn easy for her entire life. Both of them are beautiful and sexy, but that was just the surface of Marilyn Monroe. For Kim Kardashian, it seems to be 90% of her personality.