Lifestyle Style Kim Kardashian Says She 'Fought Against' Her Met Gala Mask: 'Why Would I Cover My Face?' Kardashian reveals to Vogue that she needed a pep talk before fully covering up in her now-famous Balenciaga Met Gala look By Brittany Talarico Brittany Talarico Brittany Talarico is PEOPLE's Deputy Style Director, where she oversees the brand's digital Style and Beauty coverage. This includes running lead on the Met Gala, which is among PEOPLE.com's top-trafficked red carpet events every year, interviewing the industry's top influencers (including all the Kardashian-Jenners), and breaking A-list celeb news (a New Jersey shore native, it is no surprise that her favorite interview ever was with Bruce Springsteen). Brittany is a style contributor to People Every Day Podcast and has represented the brand on national TV programs including Good Morning America and The CW's two TV specials on the British Royals. She joined PEOPLE from Cosmopolitan in 2013, where she was an Associate Editor. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 9, 2022 12:02 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Kim Kardashian had the most talked about look at the 2021 Met Gala. But turns out, the outfit that launched a thousand memes — and even a Halloween costume! — almost it almost didn't happen. In the March issue of Vogue, the 41-year-old mogul gets candid about fashion, family and taking control of her wardrobe choices, nothing that she initially pushed back on completely covering up in the Balenciaga body stocking at last year's costume institute gala. "I fought against it. I was like, I don't know how I could wear the mask. Why would I want to cover my face?," Kardashian tells Vogue. "But Demna [Gvasalia, Creative Director at Balenciaga] and the team were like, 'This is a costume gala. This is not a Vanity Fair party where everyone looks beautiful. There's a theme and you have to wear the mask. That is the look.' " Kim Kardashian Still Got Glam with Full Face of Makeup Despite Wearing a Head Mask to 2021 Met Gala Arturo Holmes/MG21/Getty Images At the time, a source told PEOPLE that even though Kanye did not attend the Met Gala with his ex-wife, his presence was "felt." "It was Kanye who introduced Kim to Demna and was instrumental in the newly formed relationship between her and Balenciaga," the source said, adding, "This look on Kim is like a new subculture and fashion statement. No logo, no face, but everyone knows it's her. Kanye gave her the courage to push creativity and people's imagination through art. It's the ultimate confidence." Kim Kardashian Explains That Viral Met Gala Photo with Kendall Jenner: 'I Couldn't See' Theo Wargo/Getty In the Vogue cover interview, Gvasalia shares his take on Kardashian's influence on the fashion and beauty industry. "I think for many, many years, there hasn't been anyone who has redefined the standards of beauty, of feminine beauty, as much as Kim has," he says. "She did something that is very similar to what Marilyn Monroe did back in the day. She redefined our understanding of what beauty is." Theo Wargo/Getty Since the Met Gala, Kardashian continued her Balenciaga outfit streak, wearing a number of bold body hugging looks, including most of her wardrobe during her Saturday Night Live stint, and was recently named the face of the luxury label's new campaign. Kim Kardashian on the March 2022 cover of Vogue. Carlijn Jacobs/Vogue So what's the next style phase for reality star turned fashion industry tastemaker? Without Kanye in the picture, Kardashian admits she's entering uncharted territory. Kim Kardashian Says She's Kanye West's 'Biggest Cheerleader' with Their Kids amid Public Disputes "I always think, 'What will be next?' Because I always had Kanye, who knew exactly what the next fashion era would be for me. And there's something scary about being out there on your own, but also something so liberating," Kardashian tells Vogue. "Who knows? I might just be in Skims and be so comfy and casual and wear no makeup, and that might be what I feel like representing to the world. Maybe it's just not that serious." Given her influence, we're sure whatever does comes next, fans will be taking notes.