Dita Von Teese is honestly one of my favorite celebrities to cover. I appreciate what she does and who she is, because I feel like she really works at being a self-taught scholar of burlesque, beauty, femininity and fashion. She really works at putting her own image together, and it really works. Dita has been making the rounds for a few weeks to promote her new book, Your Beauty Mark. This week, she ended up sitting down with HuffPo to chat about the book, and she ended up making news because of what she said about the Kardashians. Her diss – if you want to call it that – was about the Kardashians’ paid-endorsements of those absolutely stupid “waist-trainers.” Kim and Khloe Kardashian are the ones constantly posting “waist-training” selfies and encouraging women to basically buy fancy girdles and corsets. Dita – a student/scholar of the history of corsetry – thinks the Kardashian waist-training phenomenon is stupid. This is what she told HuffPo:
“I think it’s funny because I’m watching [the trend] and it’s like the blind leading the blind… People that actually know a lot about corsetry are not the ones that are publicly speaking about it. And I’m seeing some of these corsets that they’re saying are waist shapers and I’m like, ‘That doesn’t work.’ They’re like stretchy fabric. If you really want to get into it, you should probably look into the real corset makers that have been doing it for decades and decades. There are lots of experts on it, but I don’t know that you should be jumping on the bandwagon to sing the praises of corsets….It seems to be a fast fix, and it is. If you put on a corset and you pull the strings tight, you instantly have this silhouette and it’s great — but it’s not going to modify your body if you’re not engaged in the serious regimen of it.”
She’s absolutely right. And this is what gets me about the Kardashians-as-snake-oil-salesmen: the sh-t that they shill is usually the worst of the worst. They’re basically wearing really tight, undersized corsets and claiming that wearing the corsets while working out will radically change your body. And Dita’s right… all they’re doing is temporarily wearing a corset for a short time and calling it a “waist-trainer.” Anyway… Dita slammed the Kardashians. Go get ‘em, Dita!
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