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May 8, 2019

Kim Kardashian West Took Us Behind The Scenes Of Getting Into That Met Gala Dress And It’s Wild

A corset that took three men to lace up? Check. A dress you can't sit down or pee in? Check. Mini doughnuts the morning after? Check x 24.

The first Monday of May is always special for one reason, and one reason only — it's the Met Gala! This year the theme was "Camp: Notes on Fashion," and as you can probably imagine, celebrities from across the board showed up and showed out.

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Some stuck to the theme a little more than others, but let's not get into that right now.

One of the guests was, of course, Kim Kardashian West, who stunned onlookers in a Thierry Mugler dress designed to look like she was dripping wet.

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"We wanted to mix California-girl style with Mugler," Kardashian West said in a behind-the-scenes video for Vogue. In a separate interview, she added that the idea was to make it look like she'd just emerged from the ocean in LA or Malibu, California, inspired by Sophia Loren's look in the 1957 film Boy on a Dolphin.

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The dress drew mixed opinions from critics, with some saying it didn't stick to the camp theme. However, Kardashian West revealed that as soon as the theme was announced, she and husband Kanye West immediately thought of Thierry Mugler because he "invented camp".

If you thought the dress looked a little uncomfortable, you wouldn't be wrong. During the video, Kardashian West could be seen getting laced up into a pretty tight corset.

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This highlighted her small waist, which sparked a debate about whether it set an "unrealistic" standard.

"Anna, if I don't sit down for dinner, now you know why," Kardashian West said, revealing that she could only half sit down in the outfit and wouldn't even be able to pee.

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This might all sound like a lot of trouble to go to, but Kardashian West revealed that this Met Gala, in particular, was special to her for a number of reasons, not least because it was a chance to let her hair down after studying so hard to become a lawyer.

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In a recent Vogue interview — which appeared in the May issue, whose cover she graced — Kardashian West said that she had been studying 18 hours a week in order to take the bar exam.

She said: "Since I've been studying, I kinda cut out all types of beauty stuff for myself for a while, because I really had to pick and choose, and I just don't have time for all of it."

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In a red-carpet interview, Kardashian West added that she hadn't had a beauty treatment in seven months and had sacrificed them in order to focus on studying.

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But she more than made up for it in preparation for the Met Gala, revealing, "Whatever beauty treatment you can think of, I did it." This included a bunch of facials, Korean spa scrubs, and a spray tan.

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This year was also special to Kardashian West because it showed just how far she'd come since her first Met Gala, when she went as West's plus-one.

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In a tweet, Kardashian West said of the 2013 event: "I was Kanye's plus one & so nervous! I didn't know anyone & I’m sure no one wanted me there lol. I did my own lipstick & the color is so off. I went home & cried after of insecurity but this is one of my fave looks now."

This year, however, West admitted that he was actually the plus-one this time around! According to Kardashian West, he said, "You're the cover girl and I'm your plus-one, so I'll just kinda try to fade out in the background and just be your date and let you shine."

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And, finally, Kardashian West revealed that this was all a dream come true for her:

I used to dream about this night. I used to sit home in bed on my computer looking at all of the pictures of everyone, dreaming one day that I could ever attend a Met Ball and never really even believing that that would ever happen. So, to be the cover girl going to the Met in Mugler is honestly the biggest dream come true and I'm honestly so, like, humbled by the idea that this is my life.

And what do you do after you've attended the Met Gala and made your dreams come true? You preorder two dozen doughnuts so you can stuff your face the morning after!

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You can watch Kim Kardashian West's Vogue video here.

Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

Contact Ben Henry at ben.henry@buzzfeed.com.

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