“I didn’t say I blacked out because of my corset.”
From Billie Eilish to Lenny Kravitz, SZA, and more, quite a few celebrities incorporated corset bodices into their Met Gala ensembles this year. Bella Hadid was one of them.
She attended the most recent Costume Institute fundraiser wearing an all-black outfit designed by Burberry, which featured lace stockings, a sheer cape, and extravagant ankle jewelry.
Bella’s corseted leather bodysuit was the centerpiece of her look. The style choice made headlines — partly because of its interesting take on the Met Gala’s “gilded glamour” theme, but also because of some comments the supermodel later shared with Interview about not being able to “breathe” during the event.
“I literally, like, blacked out. I don’t even think I got one good photo on the red carpet,” she told the magazine (incorrectly, as you can see!). “Now that I look back, I realize that people literally stand there for 20 minutes and they give. I looked once to the left, once to the right, and I ran up the stairs.”
“I don’t think I was out there for more than three minutes,” Bella explained. “I don’t know if that was my anxiety, or maybe the waist was giving cinch and I couldn’t breathe. I mean, there were probably a lot of things happening.”
Her suggestion that the corset may have affected her breathing, paired with the apparent joke about blacking out, stirred a bit of controversy as it sparked rumors online.
After Kim Kardashian said she lost 16 pounds in three weeks to fit into Marylin Monroe’s dress for the red carpet, criticism of the ways stars harm their bodies for “fashion” — and talk about doing so as if it isn’t incredibly dangerous — was already a focus of post-Met Gala conversations.
Anyway, Bella recently called out media outlets that republished her comments to Interview with headlines like, “Bella Hadid Jokes She ‘Blacked Out’ On Met Gala Carpet Due To Tight Corset: ‘I Couldn’t Breathe.'”
Posting a screenshot of that particular article on Instagram stories this week, Bella said those corset remarks were misinterpreted.
“I want to make something very clear,” she began. “This is not at all what I (meant to) say. I didn’t say I blacked out because of my corset. I joked that I blacked out, not because of my corset, but from the regular anxieties and excitement of the carpet.”
“I meant more like it goes by in a flash. So quickly that ya barely remember it!” Bella continued. “I should have said that.”
She went on to note that, while “corsets in general are pretty uncomfortable” and “hard on the lungs,” hers “fit perfectly with enough room to eat and drink,” which is, obviously, very good to hear.
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