Kim Kardashian had fans and fashionistas in a frenzy during Paris Fashion Week when the dark-haired beauty stepped out with platinum-blond locks – a makeover that we now realize was part of a major magazine cover that calls to mind one of history’s greatest blond bombshells: Marilyn Monroe. Just weeks after the reality star went white-blond for the shoot at the end of March, she had returned to her glossy black mane.
The Keeping up with the Kardashians star could have stepped out of old Hollywood as she smoulders in the images shot by acclaimed photographer Ellen von Unwerth for the cover of Vogue Brasil. The magazine revealed that while they had initially ordered a wig for the shoot, there was no need for the prop when Kim arrived having already gone for the plunge and dyed her hair.
However, it seems Marilyn Monroe wasn’t the only legend on Kim’s mind when she chose the drastic change.
“I’ve always had this image of Madonna with platinum hair in my references folder on my computer and I’ve been waiting a long time to try the look,” she told People magazine at the time. “I thought what better time than right now for Paris Fashion Week.” “It was a really last-minute decision,” she added.
It seems apt that the Armenian beauty, who is married to rapper Kanye West, has taken inspiration from a fellow beauty icon – Kim herself has often been praised for her ability to build her brand, from her high fashion ensembles to creating Selfish, a book of her infamous selfies.
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However, Kim admitted to the Brazilian publication that she is aware she still faces criticism from those who say she hasn’t earned her fame with talent.
“I challenge anyone to try do to everything I do and then tell me whether or not I have talent,” she said.