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Updated on Jun 11, 2019. Posted on Jun 9, 2019

I Wore A Corset Like The One Kim Kardashian Wore To The Met Gala And I Learned Some Things

My waist instantly got two and a half inches smaller.

Kim Kardashian West is truly an icon. We know this.

So it's no surprise she got the attention of quite literally everyone in her outfit at this year's Met Gala.

Kim said creating her look took seven months and that she underwent corset breathing lessons from the famous corset maker Mr. Pearl.

Obviously, the world was curious as to how she got into her dress, and she showed us in a behind-the-scenes video interview with Vogue. The corset she wore under her dress was custom-made just for her body.

And that corset took three men to lace up! She literally couldn't sit down in it! Or even eat! AHHH!

Although Kim's personal trainer, Melissa Alcantara, said Kim works her booty off six days a week, it is clear that the corset is what helped form her almost nonexistent waist in this dress.

So, Kim's look got me thinking. I've never worn a corset before and I know nothing about them or what they feel like...probably because I'm too busy eating giant pancakes and drinking giant mimosas. 🀷

In fact, when I think about corsets I envision that scene in Titanic where Rose's mom is aggressively lacing hers up and it looks awfully painful, so I was a bit scared!

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But I decided to set my fears aside because I wanted to see what wearing a corset like Kim's would actually feel like. I met up with corset and lingerie maker Hoss Masoumi β€” also known as LA's corset king β€” who owns Hoss International in downtown Los Angeles.

Since I clearly don't have the status β€” or, let's be real, the money β€” of someone like Kim Kardashian, I wasn't able to get a corset custom-made to my body, so I decided to try on ones that were already made for my size. Hoss explained that Kim wore a full-body corset that is similar to a dress corset. He thinks it was made with a strong mesh material.

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Hoss then laced me tightly up in one of his dress corsets:

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It was pretty clear right away that it "shaped" my body to look more like an hourglass figure.

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So, what did the corset FEEL like? Well, TBH, it was very tight, but not as uncomfortable as I expected. I just felt upright and stiff. Hoss explained that you can't achieve your smallest waist β€” or a waist as tiny as Kim had β€” right away. And, obviously, I didn't train my waist (or take breathing lessons) for months prior to this like Kim did, because, as I mentioned above, I am too focused on giant pancakes and mimosas.

But, just like Kim experienced, it was pretty impossible for me to sit down all the way in it.

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Kim may have also used a waist cincher to prepare, so I wanted to see what that felt like as well. It immediately made me realize how badly I slouch. The cincher made me stand up very straight. I felt like a full-blown proper lady. πŸ’

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Hoss also taught me some very important things about waist cinchers and corsets that I think are worth noting. You should never, ever wear a waist-training piece 24/7. It is not good for your body...or your internal organs. In fact, he didn't even want me wearing his designs for longer than an hour or two because my body was not used to it. There is a safe way to waist-train and that includes starting with a corset or cincher that is just a little tight on your body and wearing it for a couple hours. You then can work your way up to a tighter one and wearing it for longer periods of time. Hoss emphasized that you should be careful and leery of waist-training devices advertised online because they tell you to use them in a way that is not healthy for your body. (For example, never work out in a waist trainer!)

My waist started at 26.5 inches before the cincher...

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And shrunk to 24.5 after the cincher. If you suck at math, THAT'S TWO INCHES!

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And because I have no self-control and wanted to try on ALL HIS BEAUTIFUL CORSETS, Hoss let me put on a standard corset that can be worn over OR under your clothes. (Yes, I now realize pink undies were probably a bad choice.)

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In this corset, I actually lost TWO AND A HALF INCHES in my waist. It felt like a tight pressure around my midsection, but again, nothing that made me hurt in any way. I didn't take any deep breaths or big inhales because I didn't want to crack a rib! You can definitely feel yourself breathe and I understood why the breathing lessons Kim took were so important. Hell, even laughing was kind of scary because your rib cage expands and the corset does not allow for any stretching. I was able to successfully take a drink of water, but I think if I ate, I probably wouldn't be able to take more than a few bites because it was THAT TIGHT!

Here's a side-by-side comparison of what it looked like under a lovely outfit made by Hoss himself:

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And a sliding comparison for dramatic effect.

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Overall, the experience was great and I learned a lot about the right and wrong way to waist-train. Being someone like Kim Kardashian may seem "easy" and glamorous, but it is also a lot of HARD WORK. Kudos to you, Kim, for crushing it every day and especially at the Met Gala!

And a big thank you to Hoss for allowing us to visit and try on his alluring pieces. The sole purpose of this post was to try to see how it felt wearing Kim's Met Gala corset dress. Every body is beautiful and in no way are we suggesting you should try to obtain Kim's! YOU DO YOU; WE LOVE YOU!

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You can visit the Hoss International website for more information about corsets or follow Hoss on Instagram.