'Kim K is today's Marilyn Monroe'

Last updated 11:48 23/10/2013
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Carine Roitfeld has compared "controversial" Kim Kardashian to Marilyn Monroe.

The CR Fashion Book editor-in-chief is full of praise for the reality TV star. Kim was pregnant when she appeared on the cover for the third issue of CR Fashion Book and Carine says she handled the shoot perfectly.

"First of all she's beautiful - and in fashion, that is a talent you know. She was also a very sweet person, a hard worker. You don't see her in parties drinking loads of alcohol. She's controversial," Carine explained to Time Out, "but so was Marilyn Monroe and I always like controversial people.

"I hope the issue will be a good souvenir for her and her baby." 

Although Kim rarely steps outside without full hair and make-up, Carine claims the 33-year-old brunette was easy to please during the shoot. The pictures were taken by Karl Lagerfeld and see Kim sporting low-key hair and minimal eye make-up.

"She was brave. She had one guy for hair, one guy for make-up - no extensions or lashes - and for her it must have been like being naked, and she accepted everything," Carine recalled.

While Kim has her favourite designers she fills her wardrobe with, Carine was determined to see her try a different look. She was impressed by Kim's open attitude to experimenting.

"I've never seen her in a Comme des Garçons jumpsuit or a basketball jacket," Carine added, "but she said yes to everything. She was the easiest model we've had. And when we put a mask on her face, she didn't say anything."

Check out a behind the scenes vid from Kim Kardashian's CR Fashion Book shoot. A definite highlight is at 1:07 when Karl and Mama Kris compare manicure techniques. Oh, and the combination of the oddly epic music and that ouftit at 1:10 is revolutionary (in the way that Miley Cyrus twerking is revolutionary). 

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