In 2013, a very pregnant Kim Kardashian West walked the Met Gala red carpet with husband Kanye West. Standing closely to her rapper husband, she wore what is now, an infamous floral Givenchy dress with matching shoes and gloves.
While the Met Gala is known for bringing out the most in our celebrities and dares them to think bold and fabulous, Kardashian West’s choice was received with less than positive fanfare. The most notable of criticism was perhaps the widely-circulated meme that compared the reality star to Robin Williams’ famous Mrs. Doubtfire.
Now, in an interview with Vogue, the mother-of-four revealed how she handled the negative press — and it was a little… much.
“I think Robin Williams even tweeted it, said I looked like Mrs. Doubtfire,” she tells the publication. “I was crying the whole way home because I just couldn’t believe it.”
According to the aspiring lawyer, it was Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy — who also dressed Kardashian West — and wanted her to wear the floral design while she had originally opted for a black version.
“Riccardo said afterwards, ‘What do you give a woman who is pregnant? You send her flowers’. I could never really speak up at that point because I was so shy and just wanted to make everybody happy.”
Kim, who gave birth to daughter North just over a month later, added: “I was very pregnant, very puffy and bloated, and I was like, ‘Oh god, of course the first time I go I’m gonna be huge!
“Kanye (West) was performing so I wasn’t actually invited, I was just Kanye’s plus one. And that was OK with me because I never really dreamt I would be at the Met Ball.
“I know no one really probably wanted me there at the time.”
Nowadays, it’s a whole other story.
Kim Kardashian West has undoubtedly become one of the most-watched figures on any and every red carpet.
In fact, it wouldn’t be the Met Ball without a Kardashian (or two) gracing the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC wearing some outlandishly fabulous get-up — a standard they themselves set every single year.
And 2019 was no exception. The theme was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’, and Kim opted for a custom Thierry Mugler mini dress covered in white crystals that resembled water droplets.
The dress, which took eight months to create, just casually pulled the designer out of a two-decade retirement.
“This is the first time in 20 years Mr. Mugler has designed for the House of Mugler,” she told Vogue during the event.
“So to come and design this gown for me is such an honour. This is about eight months in the making. He envisioned me this California girl stepping out of the ocean, wet, dripping.”
Brava Kim. Brava.