Kim Kardashian Is the New Marilyn Monroe, Says Givenchy Designer Riccardo Tisci

Gabrielle Chung | February 24, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Marilyn Monroe
The legend in photos.
According to one of fashion world’s most prominent figures, Kim Kardashian is poised to be this generation’s American icon.

In his latest interview with The Sunday Times, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci likened the reality star to another famous bombshell, telling the British publication that Kardashian is the new Marilyn Monroe.

“I met her as the girlfriend of a good friend,” Tisci said, referring to their first encounter through Kardashian’s beau, Kanye West. “I just wanted a moment with her to understand — and I fell in love. She’s the Monroe of our age. People think she’s like a doll, but actually she’s tough and clever.”

He explained, “It’s not so much the beauty of people, but the talent, the roots and the intelligence that concern me. 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.”

But Tisci isn’t the first person to have made the comparison. Last November, Kardashian’s fiance West slammed Vanity Fair for putting model Kate Upton in a Monroe-themed photo shoot for its 100th issue, claiming that the mother of his daughter is more deserving of that gig.

“I have a love-hate relationship with the paparazzi, but actually I love them because they are empowering us. They are empowering us over Vanity Fair that want to say that Kate Upton is Marilyn Monroe,” he said. “Kate Upton ain’t Marilyn Monroe, Kim is Marilyn Monroe.”