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    A Marilyn Monroe Historian Says That Kim Kardashian's Marilyn Monroe Hair Lock Might Be Fake, A Week After Ripley's Gifted The Hair To Her

    What's the truth?

    Kim Kardashian made headlines last week at the 2022 Met Gala when she wore Marilyn Monroe's iconic "Happy Birthday Mr. President" dress.

    Kim Kardashian wearing Marilyn Monroe's dress at the 2022 Met Gala

    Ripley's Believe It Or Not! provided the dress, and the organization also revealed last week that they gifted Kim a lock of Marilyn's hair — or did they?

    In a recent Instagram post, Marilyn Monroe historian Scott Fortner claims that the lock that Ripley's gifted is actually fake. Yes, you read that right.

    OK, so, Fortner points to Ripley's original description of the hair lock on their website, which claims that the hair was cut by hairstylist Robert Champion. (Ripley's has since removed Champion's name from their blurb, for what it's worth.)

    Marilyn wearing the dress

    But, according to Fortner, Champion wasn't involved at all — instead, hairstylist Kenneth Battelle was responsible for Marilyn's iconic 'do that night. His post also includes a receipt proving that Battelle was charged for his work.

    Marilyn Monroe smiling and laying in the grass.

    "So, I think we have to now wonder: Just whose hair is she actually sleeping with?" Fortner concludes, alluding to Kim's comment that she was going to keep the lock close to her at night.

    Kim Kardashian wearing Marilyn Monroe's dress at the 2022 Met Gala

    Well, Ripley's is sticking to their story, claiming that the hair they gifted to Kim is 100% legit.

    Kim Kardashian wearing Marilyn Monroe's dress at the 2022 Met Gala

    In a statement to People, a rep for Ripley's said that the exhibit collection featured on their website actually includes six different samples of Marilyn's hair — so, essentially, Kim was given a different sample than the one that Fortner points to.

    Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian at the 2022 Met Gala

    "The hair gifted to Kim was given by Marilyn Monroe to Robert Champion," the rep said. "This clipping was authenticated by John Reznikoff, one of the most respected and trusted experts in the field of hair collecting."

    Kim Kardashian wearing Marilyn Monroe's dress at the 2022 Met Gala

    Kim hasn't addressed the alleged discrepancy herself yet, so stay tuned.

    Kim Kardashian smiling at the camera at the 2022 Met Gala