Whether It’s From Working Out Or Wearing A Corset, Kim Kardashian’s Waist Is Just Not Attainable

Kim Kardashian is one of the richest women in the world, of course she can afford to have an unrealistic waistline

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by Bonnie McLaren |

You’d be mistaken for thinking the guest of honour at the Met Gala weren’t co-hosts Harry Styles or Lady Gaga - but Kim Kardashian’s teeny tiny waist. Unlike her half sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Kim entirely ignored the theme Fashion: Notes On Camp to wear what Kim knows best - her favourite designer, Thierry Mulger, in bodycon. But instead of donning a vintage look, the reality queen instead lured Mulger out of his twenty-year retirement, just so he could craft a wet-look bodycon dress, dripping in crystals, which took eight - yes, eight! - months to create.

But the effort which went into the creation might as well have been forgotten, because the most of the attention centred solely on her waist. Or rather, her lack of it. American tabloids like Page Six were quick off the mark to suggest that her figure was thanks to something more sinister, namely having her ribs removed. Fashion fans were just as confused. ‘Where did Kim Kardashian’s internal organs spend the night at Met Gala,’ somebody quipped on Twitter. ‘Because I can’t figure out how anatomically possible it would be to fit them all inside that tiny waist.’

But - according to Kim, at least - the answer seemed to be sartorial, rather than surgical. In a behind-the-scenes video for Vogue, where the star was filmed getting ready, it was revealed that the Mr Pearl corset she wore underneath the dress was so severe that she was prepared to sacrifice sitting down, eating and peeing at the gala. ‘Wish me luck,’ she deadpans to the camera, while having her fixed into waves by celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton. ‘I won't be able to pee for about four hours.’ (She was taken to the gala by van, where she stood with a pole as she couldn’t sit.)

But still, the criticism continued - with many refusing to believe, even with the help of corsets and the world’s top designers, that her doll-like figure was legit (with many drawing comparisons to the difference between Kim’s waist last year).

One person who was not having it was Kim’s personal trainer, Melissa Alcantara, who lashed out on her Instagram stories. ‘To make things clear,' she began. '1. This dress is corseted BUT 2. Kim trains her ass off 6 days a fucking week, she wakes up early AF and is dedicated. 3. I paved the road for her but SHE did the work! MOST IMPORTANTLY I don't give a shit about your opinions on her body, if you think she's fake or not! I see her every morning, I see her train and I see her sweat and I see all the work she does outside the gym and THAT is commendable!’

Alcantara might not 'give a shit', but there is a debate to be had over the body standards that Kim Kardashian helps to set - because it has a real, tangible impact on young women.

Whether or not you think her body is au naturel, there’s no denying that Kim works out - and she works out hard. Alcantara helps her train six days a week, for an hour and a half a day, which she has said Kim will never cancel. And God forbid any post-exercise treats, because Melissa also reportedly ‘purged her pantry of anything unhealthy or unnecessarily processed’ (aka ‘vanilla wafers, graham crackers and rice crispy treats’ according to E! Australia). Kim also used to be devoted to the low-carb Atkins diet, which is reported to have helped her lose 70 pounds after having her eldest two children, North and Saint.

I’m not saying that Kim doesn’t slog her (squished) organs out at the gym - as a friend exclaimed, ‘She trains like an Olympian’ - but what I am saying is that it’s dangerous if any of her 137million Instagram followers believe they can get her body type merely through exercise and eating clean. It sets an unrealistic precedent, which undoubtedly fails women who won’t see results like Kim after squatting their arse off. (And, let's face it, who is going to see results like that!?)

It’s this disillusion which can lead to low self-esteem - which can then feed into eating disorders or exercise addiction. Or both. According to Beat, approximately 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder (and 75% of these people are female). Worryingly, figures obtained by BBC News in March this year from NHS Digital show a rise of more than 130% in those aged 19 and under suffering from eating disorders being admitted to hospital in England since 2011. And it's this age group who are probably most likely to be seeing Kim's Met Gala look on Instagram.

What we must remember is, valued at $350 million, that Kim Kardashian is one of the richest women in the world - she can afford a personal trainer and a corset costing thousands of dollars. Most women can’t. In London, personal training sessions can cost up to £150 an hour - and, undoubtedly, personal trainers to the stars are going to cost a hell of a lot more. She will also be able to afford cleaners and nannies to look after chores which could halt her precious gym time. It goes without saying that most women do not have this luxury. Of course, we can see why Kim Kardashian has chosen to make this investment (time and money) into her bod. Fundamentally, it's her job. She is quite literally paid to for her arse to break the internet on a regular basis. Envy her waist all you want, but unless you’re incredibly rich - with all the time in the world - it’s incredibly unlikely you’ll results anywhere like it. And that's okay.

See the best - and campest looks - from the 2019 Met Gala below...

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All The Best Looks At The Met Gala 2019

Mindy Kaling wearing a gold Moschino dress
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Richard Madden in Dior
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Dapper Dan in Gucci
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Lady Gaga in one of her Brandon Maxwell looks
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Anna Wintour wearing Chanel
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Gucci's Alessandro Michele arrived with Harry Styles, wearing Gucci
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Lady Gaga's final look on the pink carpet
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Cu00e9line Dion wearing Oscar de la Renta
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Sara Sampaio in August Getty Atelier
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Serena Williams wore Atelier Versace with Nike trainers
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Vogue's Hamish Bowles in Margiela by John Galliano
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Ava DuVernay wore a green Prada dress
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Karlie Kloss in Dapper Dan x Gucci
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Regina Hall wore Dapper Dan x Gucci
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Taron Egerton on the pink carpet
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Laverne Cox wore Christian Siriano
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Designer Joseph Altuzarra was accompanied by Awkwafina, who wore a gold dress of his design
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Charli XCX made her Met Gala debut in Jean Paul Gaultier couture
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Aquaria wore John Galliano for Margiela
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Designer Erdem dressed the actor Rachel Brosnahan
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Billy Porter wore an incredible ensemble by The Blonds
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Pose star Dominique Jackson
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Pose's MJ Rodriguez
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Constance Wu wore Marchesa, accompanied by the designer, Georgina Chapman
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James Charles
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Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife, Sophie Hunter wearing Roksanda
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Lucy Boynton wore custom Prada
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Florence Welch wore Gucci
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Kris Jenner in a Tommy Hilfiger coat and blonde wig
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Saoirse Ronan wore a Gucci gown
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Emily Blunt wore a gold Michael Kors dress with matching headpiece
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Carey Mulligan in Prada
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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen wore vintage Chanel
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Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham wore Christopher Kane
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Oscar de la Renta
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Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus in Saint Laurent
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Hari Nef in Gucci
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Demi Moore wore Saint Laurent and was accompanied by the brand's creative director, Anthony Vaccarello
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Alexa Chung wore her own brand to the Met Gala
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Lewis Hamilton
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Sienna Miller in Paco Rabanne
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Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano
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Kacey Musgraves arrived as a real-life Barbie
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Gwen Stefani wore Moschino
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Gigi Hadid in a silver Michael Kors ensemble
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Chris Rock arrived with girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke
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Katy Perry in an amazing Moschino look
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Elle Fanning wore Miu Miu
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Diane von Furstenberg
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Model Laura Love
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Ruth Wilson wore a romantic gown with ruffled skirt
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Lili Reinhart wore blue Ferragamo shorts
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Gwyneth Paltrow wore a yellow dress
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Emily Ratajkowski in Peter Dundas
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Kristen Stewart in Chanel
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Kim Kardashian-West, accompanied by husband Kanye, wore a dress designed by Mugler
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Models Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls
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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
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Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton
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Bella Hadid wore a cut-out Moschino gown
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Kerry Washington in Tory Burch
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Julianne Moore in a Valentino gown
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Alicia Keys paid homage to Grace Jones in her Carolina Herrera dress
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Emma Roberts in Giambattista Valli
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Gemma Chan in Tom Ford with the designer
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Sarah Paulson in a Moschino dress with oversized bow
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Kendall Jenner in custom Versace
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Kylie Jenner in custom Versace
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Gisele Bundchen in a sustainable Dior dress
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Salma Hayek in Gucci
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Jennifer Lopez in Versace
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Lena Waithe and Kerby Jean-Raymond, both wearing Pyer Moss
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Dakota Johnson in Gucci
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Hailee Steinfeld in Viktor & Rolf couture
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Ciara in an emerald dress designed by Peter Dundas
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Cardi B wore an extravagant Thom Browne dress
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Naomi Campbell in Valentino
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Zendaya gave major Cinderella vibes in a light-up Tommy Hilfiger dress
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Cara Delevingne in Dior Haute Couture
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Katie Holmes wore Zac Posen
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Nicki Minaj wore a pale pink gown with a dramatic train by Prabal Gurung
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Ezra Miller wore custom Burberry, designed by Ricardo Tisci
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Donatella Versace
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Jared Leto recreated a Gucci catwalk look, complete with a spare head
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Lily Aldridge wore a custom Richard Quinn dress
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Solange Knowles in Salvatore Ferragamo
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Penelopu00e9 Cruz in vintage Chanel
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Zoe Saldana wore Michael Kors
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Newlyweds Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner co-ordinated in Louis Vuitton
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Rita Ora and Kate Moss wore metallic gowns by Marc Jacobs
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Lupita Nyong'o wore a rainbow creation by Versace
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Jourdan Dunn in a Zac Posen dress
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Hailey Bieber in custom Alexander Wang
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Adwoa Aboah in leopard print Diane von Furstenberg
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Emma Stone wore a silver Louis Vuitton suit
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Joan Collins in a Valentino gown
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Pose star Indya Moore in gold Louis Vuitton
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Tessa Thompson wore a look from the Chanel AW16 Haute Couture show, accessorised with a major braid and leather whip
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Maggie Rogers
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