Before today, I would have thought the greatest pain Kim Kardashian might experience at the Met Gala would be a set of massively chapped and dry lips and a sore neck from kissing Anna Wintour’s butt all night. As it turns out, that’s nothing compared to the number her custom-made corset did on her midsection.
During the same Wall Street Journal interview in which Kim cried over her Kimono shapewear mess and subsequent rebranding as Solutionwear, she talked about the Thierry Mugler look she wore to the 2019 Met Gala. Kim says her tiny waist was the result of a corset made by French corset maker Mr. Pearl. Thierry Mugler and Mr. Pearl have worked together since the late 1980s, and Mr. Pearl has made corsets for Dita Von Teese and Kylie Minogue. They’re serious corsets. Kim filmed a pre-Met Gala fitting video for Vogue, and you can see at the 1:13 mark that Kim can barely sit down in the thing. Usually Kim’s butt is the reason for why she can’t sit properly, so this was a nice change of pace. Later on in the video, it looks like she has trouble walking.
Kim tells the WSJ that wearing it was only half the battle. It was just as bad after she took it off. via People:
“I have never felt pain like that in my life. I’ll have to show you pictures of the aftermath when I took it off – the indentations on my back and my stomach.”
A corset is a whole other level of body squishing. Especially for Kim, who traditionally shrinks her waist with shapewear, plastic surgery, and Photoshop. The internet must have thought something suspicious was going on with Kim’s waist. Because the WSJ asked her about an internet rumor that was going around after the Met Gala that accused Kim of having a few ribs removed to fit into her dress. Kim replied: “I don’t even know if that’s possible.” Then Kim probably excused herself for a moment, grabbed her phone, and placed a call to her surgeon. “I just heard about this miracle procedure called rib removal. Is that even possible? And how soon can I book one?”