Inside Kim Kardashians gruelling Met Gala prep – including strict diet and high security

It is one of the world's most iconic dresses, worn by Marilyn Monroe in 1962 when she sang "Happy Birthday" to president John F. Kennedy.

And Kim Kardashian sure looked a million dollars as she wore the gown, which sold for $4.8million back in 2016, to pose her heart out on Monday night at her ninth Met Gala.

But in true Kim K fashion, a lot of prep went into her outfit and final look, including a gruelling diet.

Here's a look inside Kim Kardashian's MET prep…

Inside Kim Kardashian's MET Gala prep

There's no denying the stitch-perfect copy of the vintage gown was exactly suited to the Gilded Glamour theme.

Kim's go-to hairstylist Chris Appleton transformed her signature waist-length jet black hair into a newly platinum blonde look, styling it in a simple slicked-back bun.

And to fit into the gown, Kim admitted she had to lose 16 pounds.

The reality star told BFF and Vogue guest host La La Anthony that she'd had to lose the weight in just three weeks, in order to sport Marilyn's iconic gown.

Kim shared: "It was like preparing for a role," she admitted.

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The 41 year old partnered the look with a white fur shrug in another nod to glamorous Marilyn.

Getting fitted for the dress included many trips back and forth to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums, accompanied by lots of security.

The star shared that the Ripley's team "didn't believe" she'd be able to do it, but that made her "like the challenge."

Armed guards and gloves accompanied the dress when Kim went to try it on, and it didn't fit her initially.

The reality tv star took to her Instagram to share her excitement for her jaw-dropping look, posting "I am so honored to be wearing the iconic dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in 1962 to sing “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy.

"It is a stunning skintight gown adorned with more than 6,000 hand-sewn crystals by costumier Jean Louis.

"Thank you Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for giving me the opportunity to debut this evocative piece of fashion history for the first time since the late Marilyn Monroe wore it. I am forever grateful for this moment."

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