Remember how tiny Kim Kardashian West’s waist looked at the 2019 Met Gala? In case you forgot, Kardashian West reminded everyone with her latest Instagram post, a throwback video of her wearing the very painful corset that made her waist as cinched as possible. Naturally, fans were concerned to see her in this uncomfortable undergarment.
Kardashian West endured the tight corset for her fashionable look
There’s no denying that Kardashian West looked gorgeous at the 2019 Met Gala in a silicone Thierry Mugler dress that included dripping crystals to achieve a wet look. With that commitment to fashion came pain, however.
A behind-the-scenes video for Vogue showed the sacrifice Kardashian West made to get the impossibly small waist. There was a team that got her into the corset and it required a lot of tightening to make her waist tiny.
“I feel like we can go tighter,” she said in the video, adding, “Anna [Wintour], if I don’t sit down for dinner, now you know why. I’ll be walking around, mingling, talking, but I cannot hardly sit.”
She had to get creative because she couldn’t sit in it
Once she was laced up, there was the issue of having to use the bathroom. “Wish me luck, I won’t be able to pee for about four hours. We’re coming up with a plan for what we do in case of an emergency,” Kardashian West noted.
The logistics of getting to the event without sitting down meant she couldn’t ride in a car to get there, so they had to get creative. Kardashian West shared that she was transported in a van with a stool inside and a pole to hold onto.
Fans voiced their concerns
When Kardashian West posted this throwback video on Instagram, fans were shocked to see just how constricting the corset was.
“Just found this in my phone from my special trip to London last year to meet w Mr. Pearl. I wore a corset like this for the Met Ball for my @manfredthierrymugler Camp look but the corset was misplaced that night and I want it so badly preserved for my archive that I flew to London to have another made for the archive,” she explained in the caption. “We also might have started making a few more looks including my special 40th bday look. Can’t wait to show you the LOOKSSSS we’ve been cooking up.”
Among the criticisms that Kardashian West is promoting an unachievable body image, there were many fans who were very concerned. On Instagram, comments included, “This makes my insides hurt,” “This looks painful,” “That makes me nervous,” “Wow, that’s scary,” and “This video scares me.”
Others wondered if she had ribs removed or other surgery to achieve this dramatically cinched look. Fans had plenty of questions, too, such as, “Can you even breathe?” and “How does that not crush her organs?”
A Reddit discussion about the corset video kicked off when one user asked, “did y’all see this that Kim just posted? It’s disturbing.”
Another Redditor noted, “I’m going to go so far as to say that this is disgustingly unhealthy looking. She looks like she could snap in two.”