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Has Disney Edited Cinderella's Waist In The New Movie To Appear Smaller?

A source at Disney and Lily James' agent denied that the images were digitally altered in post production to BuzzFeed News. But that hasn't convinced everyone.

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The promotional photos on the Cinderella Facebook page also show the character's waist as a similar size.

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In a statement to BuzzFeed News, James’ agent denied the images for the trailer had been digitally altered, saying her waist appears that way because she is wearing a corset.

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Here's another photo of Lily James not wearing a corset:

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A source at Disney also denied that the trailer and promotional images had been digitally altered in post-production.

The source told BuzzFeed News: "Lily's waist hasn't been altered (in the film or in any stills/marketing materials) – she's wearing a corset."

A corset expert told BuzzFeed News that she believes the waist shown was attainable, but that it doesn't mean that it wasn't helped with post-production editing.

Catherine Clavering, founder & designer of Kiss Me Deadly and a corset expert, said: "The reality is that if someone starts with an unusually small waist measurement (by modern standards) and then wears a really well-constructed corset, you can obtain a waist measurement of 18 inches, or sometimes less, entirely by nondigital means.

"In this case, Cinderella's dress also has enormous volume in the bust/shoulder and in the skirt, which helps to emphasize the cinched in waist in between. The trailer and stills are all similarly proportioned, and the designer states that 270 yards of fabric were involved, with a corset and crinoline.

That doesn't mean it wasn't also helped by editing, of course."

However, that hasn't stopped people from commenting on the "unreal" size of the waist:

This waist is unreal! RT @Variety Watch new #Cinderella footage and interviews with stars http://t.co/pF690jLBTv

Stacie Zane@staciezaneFollow

This waist is unreal! RT @Variety Watch new #Cinderella footage and interviews with stars http://t.co/pF690jLBTv

5:52 PM - 04 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

This isn't a normal human sized waist, right? We can all agree on that, yeah? #Cinderella #Disney

Sarah Ann Masse@SarahAnnMasseFollow

This isn't a normal human sized waist, right? We can all agree on that, yeah? #Cinderella #Disney

1:05 AM - 02 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Wtf is wrong with Cinderella's waist?!

Mia@miascamFollow

Wtf is wrong with Cinderella's waist?!

2:15 PM - 02 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Just watched the #Cinderella trailer. Anyone else think her waist looks extremely small?

Jennifer F@MARLEYandMOMFollow

Just watched the #Cinderella trailer. Anyone else think her waist looks extremely small?

5:17 PM - 02 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

“@eonline: Disney's new Cinderella trailer is HERE! http://t.co/btd4n7CCr1 ” PHOTOSHOPPED WAIST. #WhyINeedFeminism

Juliana Posato@JulianaPosatoFollow

“@eonline: Disney's new Cinderella trailer is HERE! http://t.co/btd4n7CCr1 ” PHOTOSHOPPED WAIST. #WhyINeedFeminism

8:38 PM - 02 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Several people pointed out that the waist promotes a "harmful" body image.

@sophiemcshera @HayleyAtwell please support less CGI on tiny Cinderella waist in new film,really harmful 4 body image

Poppy@PoppyLMFollow

@sophiemcshera @HayleyAtwell please support less CGI on tiny Cinderella waist in new film,really harmful 4 body image

7:55 PM - 03 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

What happened to Cinderella's waist?

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Hey @CinderellaMovie @DisneyPictures I don't think Cinderella's waist is small enough...

Liz Carlson@YoungAdventuresFollow

Hey @CinderellaMovie @DisneyPictures I don't think Cinderella's waist is small enough...

12:28 AM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I do have a problem with the fact that Cinderella is photoshopped to have the tiniest waist I've ever seen.

hi.im.shan@hi_im_shanFollow

I do have a problem with the fact that Cinderella is photoshopped to have the tiniest waist I've ever seen.

6:32 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Umm the actress playing Cinderella... Is her waist really that small?!

Thalia Liz @MiissslizFollow

Umm the actress playing Cinderella... Is her waist really that small?!

6:49 AM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

OK. The new Cinderella trailer.......what is going on with that waist??

SLAG@LeahSlagFollow

OK. The new Cinderella trailer.......what is going on with that waist??

12:53 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Cinderella and her digitally remastered teenie tiny waist is the reason for my confidence issues

lil yellow-ish fish@LaurenjmxoFollow

Cinderella and her digitally remastered teenie tiny waist is the reason for my confidence issues

11:33 AM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Can we talk about the size of Lily James' waist in the Cinderella trailer? omg

Me. I am Kayla@KayLamb510Follow

Can we talk about the size of Lily James' waist in the Cinderella trailer? omg

12:34 AM - 06 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Horrified by crazy CGI of Lily James' waist in #Cinderellamovie, so bad for young viewers' body image & unnecessary

Poppy@PoppyLMFollow

Horrified by crazy CGI of Lily James' waist in #Cinderellamovie, so bad for young viewers' body image & unnecessary

8:02 PM - 03 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

BuzzFeed News has contacted several experts in digital editing in post-production.

Loryn Brantz, a two-time Emmy winner, writer, and illustrator who is currently employed at BuzzFeed, gave the following comment:

"As a professional artist and animato, who has studied the female figure and altered Disney Princesses on a regular basis, it is in my expert opinion that Lily James' waistline was definitely altered with CGI. Unless she 'waist trained' for a year before the movie, which is unlikely."

If you have any expertise you'd like to share, send me an email: rossalyn.warren@buzzfeed.com

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