People Are Comparing Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala Look to Her 2007

Kim Kardashian’’s 2023 Met Gala look was an homage to the late Karl Lagerfeld, whose body of work was celebrated on Monday evening. But some fans think her custom Schiaparelli ensemble—essentially artfully draped pearls worn over high-waist shapewear—was also an homage to another fashion icon: herself. 

Back in 2007, then 27-year-old Kardashian posed for Playboy wearing nothing but—you guessed it!—pearls. Of course, the Playboy look was more X-rated, as there was no shapewear to cover the bits that can’t be obscured by pearls, but the idea was essentially the same.

Kim Kardashian at the 2023 Met Gala

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Kardashian’’s shoot was actually documented in an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the family’s long-running E! reality show that preceded Hulu’s The Kardashians. The scene was instantly memed, but not for the reason you may think. Remember the clip of Kim’s momager, Kris Jenner, cupping her hands and yelling, “You’re doing amazing, sweetie!”? Yeah, that moment happened during the Playboy shoot. 

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