Kim Kardashian on her Met Gala corset: ‘I have never felt pain like that in my life’

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West arrive at the 2019 Met Gala in New York

Kim Kardashian’s “wet look” Thierry Mugler ensemble at this year’s Met Gala did not seem particularly “on theme” to me, but I also acknowledged that Kim is very campy in general, so anything she does comes across as camp. Kim’s whole look was very thought-out, from the shiny, damp-looking hair to her glistening skin to the tiny crystals hanging off the Mugler dress, all giving the effect of “she just climbed out of the ocean.” The Mugler number was also notable because Kim was cinched in there to a crazy degree – she got a custom Mister Pearl corset which made her waist look SO tiny, and there was even talk that Kim might have had some of her ribs removed. Well, in Kim’s WSJ. Magazine interview, she talked about that corset and how painful it really was.

Kim Kardashian is opening up about the pain she experienced at the 2019 Met Gala. The 38-year-old reality star explained that the corset she wore to the event caused her the most pain she has ever felt in her life. Kim wore a Thierry Mugler look paired with a Mister Pearl corset that didn’t allow her to sit down and required that she take breathing lessons so she didn’t pass out.

“I have never felt pain like that in my life. I’ll have to show you pictures of the aftermath when I took it off — the indentations on my back and my stomach,” Kim told WSJ Magazine.

As for the rumors she had ribs removed to squeeze into the corset and dress, Kim responded, “I don’t even know if that’s possible!”

[From Just Jared]

I believe her – I believe that the corset was painful and that it left marks on her body and that she probably felt like she was going to pass out. That would be my nightmare – doing something terrible for “fashion” only to pass out at the Met Gala. My concern would also be for my internal organs – surely it’s not healthy for your body to be cinched into a too-tight corset for hours at a time, to the point where you can’t even sit down? So, you’re in terrible pain, you can’t sit down, and you’ve basically been sewn into your dress so you can’t have a moment to unbuckle or unzip anything briefly just to catch your breath. That’s hell. I’m describing hell. All for the Met Gala, smh.

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West arrive at the 2019 Met Gala in New York

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  1. Slowsnow says:

    She really is bringing the Victorian back, non?

  2. Marigold says:

    All that work just to look like she followed Buffalo Bill’s directives well enough.

    • Brandy Alexander says:

      And why do we never talk about that weird puckered but crack in the dress?!? It’s awful!

      • Marigold says:

        It literally looks like skin out of a tannery wrapped around her body with a wrinkled anus situated at her crotch.

  3. Penny says:

    Then why the hell did you wear it??

    It’s the Met Gala, not junior prom, there was fitting after fitting for that dress – this wasn’t something just grabbed off the rack from JC Penney’s that ended up being two sizes too small and you were ‘forced’ to squeeze into it.

    One of the richest women in the world, attending one of the most exclusive events in fashion – you chose to wear that (honestly, ugly) thing, don’t come crying to us now like it was some tragedy that befell you.


    • Des says:

      Far be it from me to defend the indefensible Kimmy K, but I believe she was aiming for a “I suffer for fashion” vibe rather than a “a tragedy befell me” thing.

    • Wilady says:

      I don’t think she’s crying and complaining to us after making a bad fashion choice. She was probably asked about how it was, and she admitted it was a painful choice.

      She knew very well what she was getting herself into, but the pain got worse over the night most likely, not like a fitting.

      and why wear it? because we’re still talking about it, and it was, admittedly, kinda iconic. I like the dripping off the arms, honestly. Thought the waist was cinched almost too Tiny, but if it was less, it would have been less shocking. She just went for extra, because camp.

  4. minx says:

    She’s an idiot and she and Kanye have no chemistry whatsoever. They don’t even look at each other, two narcissists in love with themselves.

  5. Seraphina says:

    Kim, I feel pain like that whenever KUWTK comes on TV.

  6. Ally says:

    Yeah but it was worth risking puncturing your organs with your own ribs to look like a shrivelled profiterole.

    Meanwhile her dopey husband can apparently be FASHUN in a leisure suit.

    Wretched, wretched idiots.

    • Phat girl says:

      He’s wearing the same thing my husband wears to work everyday. I’m serious, if he put a patch that said “Frank” on it, I might hand him a go cup of coffee and kiss him bye!

  7. LeaTheFrench says:

    I actually really liked her look, but I think she would have looked just as good (and felt ten times more comfortable) without the corset. I don’t really see the need for her waist to be so cinched in this dress – as in, the look would have worked just as well without it. The focus of that look was clearly on the dripping effect, and to me the cinched waist was not essential to create that effect. But who am I to say.

    • Cindy says:

      I was going to say the same thing. I actually thought her look was great, even if it didn’t really fit the theme. But there was no need for her to be cinched to that degree, the point was looking like a wet mermaid, not Jessica Rabbit.

      I can’t feel bad for her. We’re in 2019 and women aren’t forced to wear corsets like that anymore. That much at least, we’ve advanced. She had all the options in the world and she chose to wear that. I believe her when she says it was extremely painful, but… you chose that. You didn’t have to, you did it on your own. Nobody else was cinched like that afaik.

    • Meg says:

      She would have had the same wet look with a slightly looser corset and it would have been fine. But then she couldn’t martyr herself so thats why she did it, and she wants the shock value. She lives to be talked about!

    • TQB says:

      And just to add from the opposite end of the spectrum, I hated the look, thought it was dumb and missed the theme AND ALSO there was no need for her to be cinched. What did that add to the effect other than to make her look pinched and unhappy? This was just unnecessary self-abuse in the name of “fashion” and I would almost feel sorry for this nitwit for getting pressured into wearing something so uncomfortable if she wasn’t (inexplicably) an icon who’s choices are emulated by women and girls. F that. Kim, if you don’t care enough about your own health and comfort, could you at least maybe give a shit about the 13 year old girl who now thinks that waistline should be attainable?

  8. Swack says:

    Same woman who has promoted waist training corsets.

  9. elimaeby says:

    All that work and her husband dressed like he was going to Home Depot. SMDH.

    • Cindy says:

      I thought the same thing. Kim was clearly trying way too hard and Kanye didn’t even try at all.

  10. All that work to build something to match Kanye’s visionary plastic shoes.

  11. Spicecake38 says:

    Serious question-did she wear this the entire night,if so how long was she there,and what about maneuverability issues if she had to use the bathroom, and then,since she probably planned NOT to ;how long did she not eat or drink prior to going,and and and ….So many questions??

    • a says:

      She’s said in the past that she pees on/in her spanx when she’s wearing them. I imagine she just did the same here.

      • ByTheSea says:

        No! That is so gross.

      • Capepopsie says:


      • NightOwl says:

        Ohhh that is just disgusting.

      • Maria says:


      • Snowslow says:

        That can’t possibly be true!?

      • Lightpurple says:

        Does she at least put some sort of absorbent pad in there? Spanx don’t retain liquid and nobody else should have to walk through or sit in her urine.

      • sash says:

        I remember reading about this! I think it was the same interview that she said that Kortney (or the other one?) peed behind the curtains in hotel rooms if she got caught short. I remember reading it and being all ewwwww at their behavior.

      • Cindy says:

        I’ll just say this is not the first time I’ve heard rumors about Kim not being grossed out by pee.

      • Baby Got Back Fat says:

        I think Kim said she still uses the bathroom normally, but that bce the pee slit in Spanx isn’t wide enough, the pee gets all over her Spanx. Not that she just pees wherever she is lol

    • Spicecake38 says:

      I don’t know whether to be amazed or mortified by how much these people disclose!

      • ME says:

        Yet the ONE thing they won’t disclose is the amount of plastic surgery they’ve had. Nope, it’s all contouring, make-up tricks, body shapers, or as Kylie likes to say “I’m just on my period so my boobs are big”.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        😂😂😂😂IKR,I willingly and unabashedly pee myself wearing my super expensive super ugly clothes,but don’t you DARE say I’ve ever had any plastic surgery,that’s insulting (can’t a girl get ANY privacy 🙄) darn it!

  12. Luna says:

    These comments are everything. I can’t stop giggling. Thank you.

  13. My3cents says:

    Surely she did not suffer like Gwyneth at the Met Gala? Gwyneth cannot be topped by this unenlightened peasant.
    Does no one remember the too tight dress sleeves? No one?

  14. Jane says:

    So wait…I know she had a surrogate for at least 1 of her children. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. Didn’t she give birth to her first child? You mean to tell me that wearing that ridiculous getup was more painful than going through labor? Or did she have to be knocked out for the whole birthing session and woke up when the baby was delivered and her glam crew was there to get her gorgeous? I swear…some of things that woman says just makes my brain hurt.

  15. CatWomen says:

    When I asked my teenager who only wanted to wear Sweatshirts in freezing weather if he wasn’t cold, he said, “It’s All About The Look” , seems like a similar situation.

    • Godwina says:

      You must tell your teen that the first rule of style is dressing for the weather. Otherwise he does not look as suave as he thinks he looks, poor wee thing! :P

  16. Chaine says:

    Go cry me a river.

  17. DS9 says:

    That’s terrible corsetry then. There absolutely are ways to give the illusion of a very small waist, particularly if the wearer has a certain squish factor as we call it in corsetry.

    Very poor work on the designer’s part here. Corsets, even waist training ones, aren’t supposed to hurt.

  18. MariaS says:

    I’m always torn about the Kardashians. I support their right to express their gender/femininity however they like AND I’m disgusted that they choose to express it in a way that required so much augmentation and caters to the male gaze to a damaging degree. They look like blow up dolls, down to the dead stare. The dishonesty about how they came by those looks is also maddening. If you choose it, own it.

    • jennifer says:

      This is the same backwards argument around plastic surgery, that women have the right to express themselves this way. They are not choosing this from a place of freedom and love, it comes from a place of self-hatred and not accepting who they are, and conforming to what they think society wants. Sex. And the K’s do everything for $ but throw in the feminist argument as a defense. It’s deplorable.

  19. Amaria says:

    Corsets are unhealthy, full stop. Regular wear increases risk of pelvic prolapse in women, they shouldn’t be a thing anymore.

  20. Sarah Ann Harbin says:

    Just baffled by this. Want to be so much better than this.
    Kim chooses to self-excruciate and her husband chooses to wear Dickies…

  21. Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

    Getting a Mr Pearl corset is an honor. Wearing a custom made Mugler dress is an honor. And to wear them are choices. Suffer for fashion *silently*. Mrs West should keep the discomfort she experienced to herself but she’s classless. And she should have practiced tightlacing before wearing the dress.

  22. Velvet Elvis says:

    2019 fashion shouldn’t have to be painful or dangerous. Besides that, I think this whole look is hideous. The dress looks like it was made by Buffalo Bill out of wrinkled skin. And her boobs have never looked faker. And Kanye…does he have an endorsement deal with Dickies? That’s the only explanation for wearing that get up at the Met,

  23. Yes Doubtful says:

    And it wasn’t even worth it… she wasn’t even the top 10 best dressed.

    • Giddy says:

      Oh no! I guess she didn’t suffer enough. So what will she do next year to top this amount of pain in fashion’s name? Perhaps a live amputation? Or maybe wearing one of Kanye’s designs.

  24. Naddie says:

    If that’s her worse pain ever, she needs to find more ways to feel it. I got some ideas.

  25. Elizabeth says:

    I didn’t hate the bodice, although the degree of corsetry wasn’t necessary to make the look, but the skirt was atrocious. A fairly simple A-line skirt that just skimmed the hips and derriere would have been really flattering.

    Although, come to think of it, she doesn’t seem to care whether things are flattering.

  26. Mirage says:

    I have seen glimpses of their sanitised home in KUWTK and I am certain they have kids playrooms and kid friendly areas that we will never see.
    Kids and babies WILL wee on sofas, vomit on carpets and throw food on the floor over and over again. What we see on their show and what visitors see must be some sort of showrooms.