• Tue, Feb 25 - 8:40 am ET

If Kim Kardashian Is The Marilyn Monroe Of Our Age, Our Age Has Failed

Kim Kardashian Riccardo Tisci 'Mademoiselle C' : Cocktail Party At Pavillon Ledoyen In Paris

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.

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  • Norma

    How much did she pay him to say this out loud?

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      Probably the same as she gave Kanye to say it – a really, really, really great blow job.

  • Lindsey Conklin

    marilyn monroe is an icon, Kim sure is something, but I definitely don’t consider her iconic.

  • LynnKell

    It isn’t hard being pretty when you have and army of aestheticians behind you. She’s famous for a sex tape and the efforts of a PR team. Her only talent is, oh, surprise!, being in the middle of an scandal.

    If she’s the icon of our age, we’re deeply screwed.

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  • Charmless

    If Kim Kardashian died today, nobody 40 years from now would have tattoos of things she has said (can you even think of a single thing KK has ever said?) nor would young women adorn their dorms and first apartments with her portraits. It’s nothing more than a statement intended to provoke, which it has.

  • Elizabeth Aspen

    I had to laugh when this guy mentioned “talent” and Kim Kardashian in the same sentence. Like Paris Hilton, this chick has failed at everything she’s tried to do in life EXCEPT eff a guy on camera and make millions from it. But I agree with Kanye and this fashion guy. Kim IS the new Marilyn, seeing as Marilyn Monroe was a hot mess with mental problems, really low self-esteem, and even worse taste in men. You go, girl!

  • Rayrayk

    I agree 100%. Kim only has Monroe’s curviness. That’s it! Who are these morons calling her the modern Marilyn? Are they on crack? Marilyn was very poor and was in and out of foster homes her whole childhood. Kim K was born into a wealthy family and never had to struggle or really work hard for anything. Yeah real similar! That’s hilarious! Fucking idiots! That’s an insult to Marilyn Monroe. Can’t the bitch just be herself and not try to be like someone else?? She has no identity and obviously is still trying to find herself. Kanye and his friends are mentally ill.

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  • freya

    Actually Roberto Tisci has the wrong celebrity icon to make an analogy for Kim Kardashian. She could accurately be the Wallace Simpson of our time. The comparison is just so perfect. Like Kim the Duchess was married twice before he met the future King of England and like her she will also pull Kanye down the same way that Wallace did it to the Prince.