Did Lily James Corset Train for Cinderella?

When Lily James was on "Downton Abbey," no one was complaining about her looking unhealthy. But with her work as the title character in Disney's "Cinderella," rumors of waist training or the possible use of Photoshop are causing controversy all over the internet. Is this fair?

Lily James as Cinderella (Photo: Disney)
Ever since Kim Kardashian told the world about her love of waist training, it seems like everyone wants to try it. In case you hadn't heard about the craze: waist training is when women use corsets to get a smaller waist like they did back in the 1840's and 1850's.

James, who did wear a corset while in her Cinderella costume, responded to the rumors in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"I naturally have a really small waist and then the corset pulls it in and the skirt makes it bigger so I think the perspective makes it look even smaller," she told the reporter at the premiere. "But it's totally just my waist. There's no CGI."

In an interview with E! News, she further explained how difficult it was to eat solid food while wearing the corset.

"When [the corset] was on we would be on continuous days, so we wouldn't stop for lunch or a lovely tea like this," she explained. "You'd be sort of eating on the move. In that case, I couldn't untie the corset. If you ate food it didn't really digest properly, and I'd be burping all afternoon in [Richard Madden]'s face, and it was just really sort of unpleasant. I'd have soup so that I could still eat but it wouldn't get stuck." 

It's great that she explained it and all, but this body shaming is totally unfair and should really stop. Yes, her waist looks tiny. But if she is naturally on the thin side, wearing a corset will really nip it in and help her achieve that fairy tale figure. No matter what size we are, we should empower each other instead of trying to bring each other down.

So lets all stop this right now and support this lovely young actress by seeing her on the big screen when "Cinderella" hits theaters on March 13th!


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