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“Cinderella” Lily James: “I naturally have a really small waist”

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A few weeks ago, after Disney released a few images from their new movie Cinderella, there was a lot of talk about Cinderella’s (Lily James) super tiny waist. Here’s what the 25 year-old actress has to say about the topic:

On having a naturally small waist:

“I naturally have a really small waist. And on top of that, I have a corset that was pulled me [within an] inch of my life … The skirt’s big and the corset pulls me in, and that’s the point. That’s the shape [costume designer] Sandy Powell created.”

On not being able to eat when she wore her costume:

“When [the corset] was on we would be on continuous days so we wouldn’t stop for lunch or a lovely tea like this—you’d be sort of eating on the move. In that case, I couldn’t untie the corset. So 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.”

On the controversy about her waist:

“I think it’s all very hypocritical, and they contradict themselves, and they’re drawing more attention to it. I think all that stuff’s so negative, and you’ve got to let it wash over your head. I’m so healthy. I’ve got hips and boobs and a bum and a small waist.”

On promoting a healthy body image:

“For girls growing up sometimes I think they get the wrong idea for what women should look like. And I think it’s so important to be healthy and confident and natural. And not put too much stress on trying to be thin—I don’t get the thin, thin thing at all. I’m actually finding it really hard not to eat right now.”

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Gina
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Gina

Gotta love Lady Rose!

HB
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HB

Love some Downton Abbey! I kind of wish we could have a Downton Post. Lady Mary would draw a lot of comments!

And Rose is stunning. I do think the waist is just a touch extreme for little girls to see, but if it’s historically accurate, what are you going to do? Although I doubt anyone in that era showed that much shoulder and collar area.

Lillaliket
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Lillaliket

Her real waist looks fine to me, but the pictures are ridiculous! It’s like half the size of her head. And this is a family movie, right? An actress wearing something that makes her unable to eat or breathe properly just to make her “prettier” or whatever feels extremely outdated and not a very good message to send to young girls. I get that they wanted the movie to be true to the 1950’s version, but since her waist is tiny already and they can create illusions with wardrobe, it just seems so unnecessary!

Bri
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Bri

It’s a fairy tale, which makes it a period piece. Just because she wears a corset doesn’t make it less of a family film. I’ve seen children films filled with sexual innuendos & women wearing way worse stuff than this. Stop overreacting.

HB
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HB

If they’re going to make the corseted waist period, they should make the rest of the gown/hair/makeup period, or else that’s not much of an excuse.

jjj2
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jjj2

Well to be honest, this movie takes place when women had small waists which were constricted by corsets. So the waist sizes portrayed in the movie and photos could be equal or even LARGER than the waist sizes of women actually had in the time period this movie takes place. So making her waist any bigger would probably make the movie inaccurate to the time period it takes place. I think it is good that they are making the movie as accurate as possible without having to be politically correct and please people who are against healthy and slim women.

Lillaliket
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Lillaliket

I doubt kids watching this would think “her waist is inappropriate for this remake of a movie from the 1950’s that is based on old European folk tales”. And I don’t have a problem with slim and healthy women or her natural waist – it’s probably not that much smaller than mine at 59-60 cm – I just dislike the fact that we’re basically telling girls that they/their bodies aren’t good enough and need to be manipulated. Sure, that is the reality we live in.. But I’d like that to change!

jjj2
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jjj2

There is nothing wrong with making a period correct film with period correct costume. Yes it’s technically a remake of a 1950’s film that was a cartoon, however the 1950’s film also had women with small waists with postures that which only could have been produced with corsets. It also takes place in a period of time in which women would typically wear corsets. A waist size from the photos I’ve seen of Lily James is a typical and sometimes even larger waist then you would see for upper class in that period of time. If you have ever been… Read more »

Calia
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Calia

You said it perfectly 🙂

prettydarnfunny
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prettydarnfunny

UGH- why does she need a waist so tiny that she can’t eat anything but SOUP!!?? what kind of message does that send?! Nice going with the family movie guys. 🙁 so disappointing. how about making her strong and healthy instead. a tiny waist doesn’t equal beauty.

Tia
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Tia

Normally I would argue in favor of tight corsets having their place in historical movies, but in this case I agree: if its specifically targeting children as its audience it does send a possibly dangerous message. A proper historical-style corset can reduce your waist by 6-8″+ but it HAS to be made to measure and will run a minimum of $400 at least. I’ve both worn and sewn these and part of what makes them safe(r) is that they are so rigid that its hard to get into dangerous postures (they actually should be able to stand up on their… Read more »

Cami
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Cami

Why do you think she is not strong and healthy just because of the size of her waist?! I agree that a tiny waist is not the only form of beauty, all body shapes are beautiful and all body shapes can be healthy.

lindy_arter
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lindy_arter

Yes, you have a small waist. And someone used photoshop to make your waist even smaller.

Snugglepup
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Snugglepup

Yes she can have a small waist naturally, but it doesn’t change the fact that her waist has been purposely photoshopped to be even smaller or she’s extremely tightly in a corset. Why does she need to have even smaller waist? Not a wise call Disney.

Cami
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Cami

I don’t think her waist looks crazy in the movie pictures, like she said her waist is already small and then there was the dress, plus this is an angle that tends to make the waist appear smaller. People have become so obsessed with a “healthy body role model” that they seem to forget that there isn’t one, people come in different shapes and sizes and we should respect that, some people are naturally skinny and some people are naturally bigger that doesn’t mean they’re not healthy or that their body is wrong or a “bad example for the kids”.

Tia
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Tia

Yeah, this was an extremely small angle. From the front its not nearly as tiny looking:

http://data.en.yibada.com/data/images/full/22439/lily-james-as-cinderella.jpg?w=685

Chris
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Chris

Oh wow, she has a very very special beauty. Hope to see more of her.

Guest

She sounds so dumb to me.

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Mel

The whole interview bores me and so does the controversy over her waist. Her nude & blue embroidered premiere dress is lovely, the pinkish dress looks like curtains.

claud
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claud

i see your point. it’s insane–i thought it was CGI. and a child does not know the difference (or the meaning of the word “corset” to explain it). disney is just bad for everyone.

and her quote is annoying as hell–“oh i’m hungry right now–oh i eat pot pies all day” blah blah yeah whatever. sounds like victoria’s secret model kinda bs.

Veronique
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Veronique

Why the need for a corset when her waist is already small? She already looks like a Disney princess in the red carpet pictures!

Also Richard Madden can get it. Mmmph.

Winnie
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Winnie

Yes, and yaaaaaaassssss!

Lovisa
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Lovisa

Not a fan of the dark eyebrows with the weirdly coloured blonde hair, neither here nor in the movie.

Victoria
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Victoria

If you watch the b reel on YouTube for this movie, you can see that her waist really has been cinched in that much.. I don’t think its photoshop after watching the clip! Not to say I think it’s right…

DaniH
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DaniH

Well her actual waist in the dresses looks normal and perfectly fine. The Disney one I can see why it would be a little too much. But here’s my question, Why wouldn’t Disney and the costume deportment just leave her natural waist size? …and I don’t care about historical accuracy because I swear that little kids watching Cinderella wouldn’t ever notice 🙂

prettydarnfunny
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prettydarnfunny

Agree!!

chloë
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chloë

Lmao! I’ve never seen that before, not sure if I’m blind or it’s new. Lovely audience we’re attracting, eh? “Picter” XD

nessquick
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nessquick

To be fair, if we look at the actual disney movie versions of all the princesses. this is pretty on point. Look at Princess Jasmine’s waist. Look at Arielle’s and Snow White. So based on that, they seemed to be right. But yeah I would say its unrealistic for some people obviously.

HB
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HB

I just started noticing that recently. Have no idea how they get there, but there are some really messed up ones on various posts.

Sleektechnique
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Sleektechnique

I don’t comment on posts but I had to jump in here because I am Lily’s body double for the dance scenes of this movie (I’m a professional dancer). I wore the exact same dress with corset for the ballroom scenes and worked with Lily and Richard for weeks rehearsing and filming. She is absolutely TINY of waist but has a naturally slender, healthy body otherwise and they have not made her waist smaller than it is – trust me I’d know as they would have had to do the same to my body! All of the other dancers including… Read more »

HB
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HB

That’s so exciting and cool! Good for you 🙂

prettydarnfunny
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prettydarnfunny

Very cool for you! So I know Lily was eating of course, but I’m sure you can agree that the idea that she said she couldn’t digest properly unless she ate soup doesn’t sound great. What was your experience? Did you have to get down to her size for the part? How tiny is her waist? How many hours a day did you/she film? I personally wish that Disney could have made a more current film where she doesn’t have to wear a corset. Nobody wears corsets anymore. Nobody should be that obsessed about a small waist. And little girls… Read more »

cameron
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cameron

I think they cinched in her waist a little too extremely… She has a beautiful figure naturally. It reminds me of what they did to Samantha Barks in Les Mis. I was just distracted by how they made her look like a bobblehead.

prettydarnfunny
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prettydarnfunny

i never said that they should wear yoga pants.

what i’m saying is that she shouldn’t have to wear a corset that is so restrictive that she can’t be comfortable and, for heaven’s sake, can’t EAT properly.