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I Wore Kim Kardashian’s Waist Trainer For 30 Days And I’ll Never Be The Same

I feel like Kim Kardashian and her waist trainer are actually best friends.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star seems to love nothing more than exercising — well, mostly just posting selfies — in a tight corset that’s probably crushing her organs.

Forget Saint and North West. Kim K’s real baby is that heap of fabric stapled to her waist.

As someone who hates exercise more than life, I can’t relate to this feeling.

I’d rather have 1,000 birds peck my eyeballs out than set foot on a treadmill. Completing the mile run in middle school was the bane of my existence. Any sort of high-intensity training is my equivalent of death.

I’M LAZY, OK? I KNOW IT.

I’m not going to apologize because I prefer eating a cheesecake over taking a SoulCycle class.

I love food more than I love people. I have no shame.

Here’s a little more ~background info~ on me. I’m the Senior Entertainment Writer at Elite Daily, AKA, I spend my days stalking the Kardashians on Instagram.

It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me, really. I care more about Kylie Jenner and Tyga’s relationship than I care about my own family. I know who Khloé is dating at all times and what Kourtney’s posting on Snapchat.

THESE GIRLS ARE MY FAMILY NOW. And family sticks together.

I also get a lot of beauty and workout inspiration from these ladies.

What’s Kendall wearing? I’ll buy it.

What’s Khloé eating? I’ll order it on Seamless.

I also noticed Kylie Jenner was doing a 28 Day Detox with Fit Tea, so I bought it off Amazon. Here’s the crazy part: I lost 15 pounds.

Yup, I’m serious. Fit Tea changed my life. So now, I’m up for trying anything.

Jessica Ariel Wendroff

OK, back to waist trainers. While stalking the Kardashians, I realized every single one of the sisters wears one while working out.

That’s when it hit me: If I wore a waist trainer for 30 days, would I look just like a Kardashian? Would people on the streets confuse me for Kim K?

I ordered an Hourglass Angel waist trainer, and immediately got started.

If I’m being honest, when the waist trainer came in the mail, I was confused AF. I ordered a size large, OK?

HOW THE HECK WAS I SUPPOSED TO FIT ALL MY STOMACH ROLLS INTO THAT LITTLE THING?

Here’s what my experience was like on the first day of wearing the waist trainer:

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Yup, squeezing all my body fat into a corset was probably the hardest challenge of my life. I’m honestly a stronger person after this: both mentally and physically. (Seriously. Check out my biceps.)

Putting on the waist trainer was enough of a workout for the first day, so I rewarded myself with a snack. Barbecue potato chips are the bomb, yo.

All right, so Hourglass Angel let me in on how waist training works. The basic idea is that you wear it during your workouts. Because it holds all your fat in place and pushes those jiggles DOWN, you can focus your training on the core muscles.

They didn’t explain it to me exactly like that, but you get the idea. It’s time to get a six-pack. Let’s do this.

Kylah Benes-Trapp

As I mentioned earlier, I HATE exercise. But if I wanted this puppy to work, I needed to get to the gym.

I already look so much like Kim Kardashian. The waist trainer is working, you guys!

Kylah Benes-Trapp

It was much easier to go running outside because the fresh air kept me from passing out. When I thought I would faint, I just breathed in the smell of sewer water and street meat.

Haha, I’m kidding. Wearing a waist trainer isn’t that uncomfortable. After a couple of minutes, I actually got pretty used to it.

Soon enough, people on the streets started mistaking me for Kim Kardashian. Seriously. Stop staring, everyone. No autographs, please!

Kylah Benes-Trapp

I worked out for an hour about three times a week for a total of four weeks. Wow, that’s a lot of hours. Should I be a fitness model now?!

After a month, I noticed several things happen to my body. First, I started to have excellent posture. My eyes suck and I stare at a computer all day, so my back normally kills me after work.

But when I started wearing the waist trainer, I stopped having pain in my back. I can sit up straight now, so that probably makes me look a little more attractive. (Right?)

On top of that, I sweat so much more while wearing the trainer. My midsection was drenched after running two laps.

SWEATY GIRLS ARE HOT. Just watch those Gatorade commercials.

I noticed my bloating go down too, and I ultimately felt much thinner. I ended up losing a couple of inches off my tummy, so HELL YEAH.

Boys, come at me.

Trying on my waist trainer was a great way to track my progress, too. Four weeks ago, I had to lie on my back to put the damn thing on. Now, I can do it while standing. (It’s the little things, you know?)

In the end, I think the hardest part about waist training was going to the gym and um, remembering to wear it. Sometimes, I forgot it at home and just went to Dunkin’ Donuts instead.

I would definitely work out with a waist trainer again, but mostly just for when I have to look good for an upcoming event.

I don’t think my organs moved at all, and my health seems fine. I haven’t been to the doctor in over a year, though. So who really knows what’s up with my insides?

Thanks for being my inspiration, Kim Kardashian! I’m honored to be your twin.

Kylah Benes-Trapp

As a disclaimer, I’m not a dietitian or an expert or even a real model. I’m just a girl who likes to eat. Someone pass me the cream cheese.

Kylah Benes-Trapp

P.S. This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to be like the Kardashians. Check out my other experiments below.

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KYLIE Jenner has been slated by her fans for wearing a waist trainer less than two months after giving birth.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star gave birth to her daughter Stormi seven weeks ago and recently shared a snap of her promoting a waist trainer as she works on getting back into shape.

5 Kylie Jenner has come under fire for promoting waist trainers just seven weeks after giving birthCredit: Instagram

Wearing a black T-shirt Kylie poses in front of the mirror as she endorsed the waist trainer.

She follows in the footsteps of sisters Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian who have both advertised the same corset-like device in the past.

The reality TV star captioned the image: “My girl @premadonna87hooked me up.”

But one fan wrote: “My God. Is Kylie still advertising waist trainers to teenage girls?

5 Kylie gave birth to her baby girl Stormi at the start of FebruaryCredit: Instagram 5 Kylie’s fans have warned that waist trainers can damage your organsCredit: Instagram

“How can u be so filthy rich and still sell out for something that is so dumb and could potentially perpetuate negative body image in young girls.”

Another said: “Dear Kylie, your body is SUPPOSED to look like it does after giving birth. Stop promoting dangerous weight loss BS!!.”

A third added: “Waist trainers can harm your organs. Fast forward a century & doctors are still warning about wearing waist trainers,warning that they’re not the best idea.”

My god is kylie still advertising waist trainers (NOW POST GIVING BIRTH) to teenage girls !!! how can u be so filthy rich and still sell out for something that is so dumb and could potentially perpetuate negative body image in young girls

— Ariana Grand Theft Auto (@jacq_dullea) March 20, 2018

Waist trainers can harm your organs. Fast forward a century & doctors are still warning about wearing waist trainers,warning that they’re not the best idea. They can put added & unwanted pressure on the midsection,limiting blood & oxygen flow 2 vital organs which can B dangerous.

— Elizabeth Yorkshire (@ElizabethThee) March 20, 2018

A doctor has also warned against using waist trainers as they can “cause more harm than good”.

Dr. Apovian, a professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, told Health.com: “If you’re going out and want to look really thin, I don’t see a problem with wearing one of these for an evening.

Kylie Jenner shows off her amazing post baby body just weeks after giving birth

“In my opinion, that is complete nonsense.

“The trainers can actually cause more bad than good. Acid reflux, loss of strength, and displacement of organs are all possible side-effects of waist training.”

Are waist trainers safe?

Sun GP Doctor Carol Cooper thinks that waist training, especially after giving birth, is not a healthy option.

Carol said: “There’s nothing good to be said about using a waist trainer, especially so soon after giving birth.

“It’s a sign of our image-obsessed society that young women are rushing to use this contraption.

“A waist is a result of how fat is distributed and how well the trunk muscles work.

“Nothing is being ‘trained’ here.

“If anything, the opposite is true, as corsets and the like actually stop muscles doing their job, and eventually make them flabbier.

“The organs are simply being compressed, and that’s unhealthy because it can hamper digestion and even breathing.

“Regaining a pre-pregnancy shape is about eating sensibly and keeping active (the baby usually helps with that).

“Pelvic exercises should start right away, but a mum needs to build up gradually to more vigorous exercise.

“Exercise has many benefits, of course, but, for about four months after the birth, the joints are looser and can be damaged more easily.”

5 The new mum enjoyed a hot tub session with her best friendCredit: Instagram 5 Kylie relaxes with best pal JordynCredit: Instagram

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Kylie’s selfie comes just days after she posed for the camera in a bikini for the first time since giving birth.

The reality TV star made a splash as she relaxed in a hot tub with her pal Jordyn Woods.

Kylie captioned one of the snaps: “Girls next door”.

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Kylie Jenner: Her complete plastic surgery timeline – before and after

Kylie Jenner… she’s a ‘self-made’ billionaire, part of one of the biggest reality families in the world, and she’s got one of the cutest babies ever in the form of Stormi Webster, but has Kylie Jenner had plastic surgery?

You bet your sweet butt she has – but just what has changed about her since she rose to fame as a shy teenager in Keeping Up With The Kardashians alongside her sister Kendall Jenner.

Let’s find out 👀…

Kylie Jenner before and after:

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Kylie Jenner lips

The biggest change in the youngest Jenner sibling has been her pout. Before plastic surgery, Kylie’s lips were… well, just totally normal lips. But then something happened: they got bigger. And bigger. And then ginormous.

At first, Kylie dodged questions about her burgeoning pucker, saying it was all down to the way she did her makeup.

But then one interviewer managed to score a direct hit, and Kylie admitted to using lip fillers to plump up her pout.

In July 2018, Kylie revealed that she’d had her famous lip fillers removed, posting a photo of herself sans-fillers and wrote in the comments, ‘I got rid of all my filler.’

The star then announced on her Instagram Story in October that the fillers were back, thanking her practitioner for her ‘lip touch up’.

Kylie Jenner butt implants

Has Kylie had bum implants? There’s no way to really compare before-and-after photos without being creepy, but in the last couple of years she’s definitely been taking after big sister Kim Kardashian in the badonkadonk department.

Celebrity dermatologist Dr Tabasum Mir said of Kylie’s shapely butt: “She has had her hips and butt done for sure.”

But Kylie has always denied having such extensive work done.

In response to one Twitter user who told her she was “more plastic than Barbie”, Kylie said: “Well, I haven’t done anything except my lips but nobody seems to believe that, so I don’t really care.’

“But I did just turn 18, so it kind of surprises me when people think I’ve undergone so many surgeries. My mom wasn’t even going to let me get my lips done, so, there’s no way in hell she was going to let me get my boobs done, or my butt, or anything else.”

She did appear on Instagram in July 2015 plugging butt and bust ‘plumping’ products though – but we’re still pretty sure a cream couldn’t give such drastic results.

Kylie Jenner boob job

Has Kylie ever had a breast enlargement, like older sister Kourtney Kardashian? In 2015 she denied the rumours, saying: “No, people – I haven’t gotten breast implants! Everyone is obsessed with that.”

Instead, she claimed, her bigger boobs came as a result of weight gain.

“Truth is, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gained 15 pounds and my body has changed. I’ve definitely filled out,” she added.

Kylie also claimed using a push-up bra from Victoria’s Secret helped boost her bust.

Kylie Jenner waist training

Like her sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney, Kylie is a big fan of waist training to give her smoother curves. Although there is no medical evidence to support claims waist trainers help weight loss, all the Kardashian sisters use them regularly to whittle in their waistlines.

Kylie – like Kim – also wears Spanx to hold herself in when wearing skin-tight dresses.

Kylie Jenner hairstyles

Similar to her sisters Kim and Khloe, Kylie is no stranger to a bottle of hair dye and a good old, reliable wig!

We’ve seen some pretty creative styles over the years, ranging from pink to blue, and from bleach blonde to her signature jet black.

Kylie welcomed the new year (2019) sporting a striking short blue hair-do, and since then we have seen a range of shades- including blonde, red, orange and jet black.

We can barely keep up, Ky!

Kylie recently showed off more extreme hair colours as she attended the 2019 Met Gala with her sister Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, and her mum Kris Jenner.

The mum-of-one wore a purple wig to accompany her stunning dress at the Gala, before changing into a turquoise wig and dress for the after party!

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Inside Kylie Jenner’s ‘£30k body overhaul’ as surgeon explains transformation

A top cosmetic surgeon has given an insight into how Kylie Jenner could have achieved her total transformation over the years.

Kylie, 22, looks completely different to how she did when she first shot to fame on her family’s reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

A lot has to do with natural changes growing up, but fans have long suspected she’s gone under the knife to alter her looks.

Kylie is adamant she’s only had filler in her lips and her face, but a surgeon from MYA has now addressed speculation over what she might have had done.

Kylie Jenner back in 2010 before she discovered fillers (Image: WireImage) Kylie in 2015 when she first started making changes (Image: ACE/INFphoto.com)

Nose job £10,000

Looking at pictures of Kylie, the bridge and tip of her nose does appear thinner and what would be described as “classically feminine”.

This could indicate a surgical Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) procedure, which has left her with an extremely natural slim and desirable front profile.

The cost of a Rhinoplasty procedure depends on many different physiological factors, the techniques used and the surgeon recommendations, however, they typically range from £6,000-£10,000.

The reality star looked totally different in 2012 (Image: Getty Images) Kylie has made millions from her make-up range, which she credits with changing her look (Image: Kylie Jenner/Instagram)

Lip fillers £8,000

It is possible that Kylie has had multiple non-surgical procedures; having spoken openly about having lip fillers before, and also sharing the news that she’d had them removed (dissolved) in 2018.

I believe she may have had some of the filler dissolved in the form of revision treatment as she was no longer happy with the result as it was starting to appear unnatural.

A desirable result should follow the natural lip shape not affecting the cupids bow (indent to the top lip) and the bottom lip to appear slightly bigger than the top lip.

Kylie seen back in 2013 (Image: FilmMagic) Kylie during her 22nd birthday celebrations this summer (Image: kyliejenner/Instagram)

I believe Kylie has since had filler reinstated creating a fuller lip, particularly when smiling.

Lips can often look more pronounced when using particular lip shades/liners however her results are not just make-up alone.

The average cost of lip fillers in the UK can range depending on the provider and the amount of filler used, however, you can expect to pay anything from £200 – £1,000 per treatment.

Kylie looks stunning with her pout, which she got using fillers (Image: Instagram)

Facial fillers £4,000

Kylie has now lost her ‘smile lines’ that run naturally from the nose to the side of the mouth.

This can be achieved by injected dermal filler directly in the lines line if they are deep but in Kylie’s case, it is more likely by adding the dermal filler down the cheekbone area this will help lift out the line and also create a more defined cheekbone.

This non-surgical procedure replaces soft tissue whilst filling in wrinkles/skin folds.

Fillers can range in price depending on the area and amount used – between £150 – £500 per session.

She’s denied going under the knife to change her body (Image: Instagram)

Boob job £6,000

Looking at past images of Kylie, it is possible that she has undergone a surgical breast enlargement. A breast enlargement aims to increase the size, shape, or fullness of the breast using an implant.

I would assume that Kylie may have requested a natural shape with more upper fullness whilst keeping in portion to her frame.

This can be achieved in many ways depending on the patient’s current breast tissue and surgeon recommendation with the choice of implant shape, size and placement of the implants during surgery.

Breast shape and size can also change throughout a woman’s life for reasons like puberty, weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy etc.. but in Kylie’s case, I do believe it is a breast augmentation procedure.

The average price of this procedure is £5,000 – £6,000.

Kylie puts her good looks down to make-up and fillers (Image: Instagram)

Bum lift £6,500

It is possible Kylie has had the surgical procedure known as fat transfer.

The aim is to remove unwanted fat from an area of the body (such as the stomach or waist) and use it to increase the size of another area buttocks and hips to create a curvier frame.

In the UK, a surgical fat transfer usually costs between £2,000 and £6,500, depending on the size of the area being treated.

There also may be additional costs if further treatment is required.

She’s adamant she’s never had surgery (Image: FilmMagic)

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Kylie has previously sworn she’s never gone under the knife and the only treatments she’s had are fillers.

She told Paper magazine: “People think I fully went under the knife and completely reconstructed my face, which is completely false.

“I’m terrified! I would never. They don’t understand what good hair and makeup and, like, fillers, can really do.”

When pressed Kylie over how much make-up could really change someone’s face, she added: “It’s fillers.

“I’m not denying that.”

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Revealed: Kylie Jenner Shares Secret of Her Post-Baby Weight Loss

Kylie Jenner’s looking in top form these days and now, a year after having daughter Stormi Webster, Jenner is revealing the secret of her post-baby weight loss.

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Kylie Jenner showed off her toned tummy

Jenner showed off her fit abs in her Instagram Stories this week and even shared a bit about the diet habits that have gotten her back in shape after having Stormi.

Jenner had shared in the past that she gained 40 pounds while pregnant and explained on Snapchat three months after Stormi was born that she wanted to lose 20 pounds but doesn’t like working out.

In the recent Instagram video, she wrote “I’m proud of my little stomach.”

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Jenner lost weight by focusing on her diet

During an Instagram Live session, Jenner was asked how she got her flat tummy and she answered, “Honestly, it’s all about diet for me.”

She continued: “I’m naturally just a really skinny person… like Kendall Jenner, but not like Kendall — she’s naturally like, model status. But, yeah, I always had a really flat stomach, but I never felt it went back to before Stormi until recently.”

Jenner explained how clean eating helped, sharing: “And I feel like it has a lot to do with diet. Like, I really eat very crazy usually, like whatever I want— pizza, pasta, a lot of diary, and I just kind of cut that all out, and have just been eating better, and I feel like that’s the trick for me, personally.”

The makeup mogul was also honest about how getting back to her pre-baby weight definitely has taken time. Jenner noted: “And I also think after a child, it really does take just as long to get your body back as it did to create a child. Because, I heard that from a lot of people. Like, it takes a full year… it really does, it really does. I definitely feel back to myself again.”

Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy diet was very different

Kylie also talked about her pregnancy diet, and she definitely had a sweet tooth when she was pregnant. She explained: “I ate lot of Eggos — and if you know me, I hate Eggos, always have. But when I was pregnant, I was like mmm! I ate like three a day. I just ate like a magnitude of food — so much, so much food.”

She added: “And, I was having a girl, and they say when you’re having a girl, you crave more, like, sweets vs. salty, and that was true for me. Like, a lot of Krispy Kremes, a lot of sweets. Nothing weird or crazy, but just really sweet things — ice cream, just whatever I wanted.”

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Is there a Kylie and Kendall Jenner makeup collaboration coming soon?

During the Instagram Live, when a fan asked “Can we also get a collab with Kendall?,” Jenner gave a coy wink and said “shhh.” Then she explained why the sisters haven’t collaborated before but they will likely do so soon.

She explained: “You know Kendall was in a contract for a really long time so I couldn’t do a collab with her. That’s the only reason why I didn’t collab with her.”

To paraphrase Cher Horowitz, expecting world-class health advice from a Kardashian or Jenner is kind of like searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie, but in today’s ritual shaming, two months after giving birth to baby Stormi Webster, Kylie Jenner is now promoting a waist trainer on Instagram for all the Internet to see.

I’m writing this while breastfeeding; my supersize sweatshirt hiked up around my collarbone. On my pouchy midsection is a map of stretch marks, two giant babies’ worth. My boobs are up two cup sizes and also webbed with little apostrophes of growth. This is a body four weeks postpartum. It’s alive, it’s thriving in its healing stage, and it’s keeping a whole other body alive.

All of that is a story I’m proud to tell; a story that’s taken years to write. I’ve earned every chapter of it. Which is why I’m so goddamned disappointed that in 2018, women still have to fight for the stories our bodies have to tell: for those stories to be heard and valued.

It’s such a tired racket, pressuring women to erase themselves. And this is exactly what the directive to look younger, thinner, childless is: erasure. The Snapback package that Kylie’s promoting for a brand called Waist Gang includes a “waist trainer” corset—now in three fun patterns!—a “slimming cold gel,” and, as a special bonus, the poorly concealed message that feeling uncomfortable with your midsection should take equal priority to caring for yourself and your baby.

And let’s talk about the entire concept of “snapping back.” Isn’t it hard enough just to move forward? Instead of devoting precious, limited time and energy to “getting our bodies back,” can’t we just take a deep breath—very difficult in a corset!—and recognize that these have been our bodies all along? When you’re running on four nonconsecutive hours of sleep, covered in baby refuse, and straining with your one free hand to relocate and reinvent your sense of self, the last thing you need is the product-placed postpartum advice of a 20-year-old reality-TV star on Instagram.

You know what some good methods of self-care are in these blurry, sleep-deprived weeks? A gentle walk. A healthy meal. An adult conversation. Perhaps not indulging every craving for Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups with the same fervor that you did in the third trimester. You know what hardly passes as self-care’s bastard stepchild? Pressuring yourself, and your softer middle, to revert to its prepartum size in less than a third of the time it took to grow and deliver somebody into the world.

It’s one thing to get enough nutrition, exercise, and fresh air to keep yourself out of a depressive K-hole. It’s quite another to invite the depressive K-hole in for a self-loathing buffet by attempting to “train” your internal organs with nothing but a constricting garment and some frigid lube. So, no, thank you. The only training I’m interested in right now is sleep training—and it’d better work.

New Mother Kylie Jenner is raising eyebrows over latest Instagram posts.

Less than two months after the birth of her adorable firstborn Stormi, the beauty mogul is back to advertising corsets called ‘waist trainers’ on her social media.

Under a photograph of herself in front of a mirror, wearing a restrictive waist belt, Jenner wrote, ‘my girl @premadonna87 hooked me up with the @waistgangsocietysnap back package. #ad waistgang has the BEST quality snap back products. make sure you get your package & follow @waistgangsociety to join & keep up the journey together.’

Many new mothers have spoken about the excessive consumption of toxic ‘snap back’ culture.

This includes famous actresses like Blake Lively, as well as ‘normal’ mothers who are using social media to celebrate their post-baby bodies in their beautiful, natural form.

Unfortunately, Jenner does not appear to have recognised these outcries, promoting the ‘waist trainer’, which is, effectively, a modern corset.

Plenty of her fans, however, have called her out for supporting these kind of restrictive and arguably unhealthy ideals of body ‘perfection’.

My god is kylie still advertising waist trainers (NOW POST GIVING BIRTH) to teenage girls !!! how can u be so filthy rich and still sell out for something that is so dumb and could potentially perpetuate negative body image in young girls

— Ariana Grand Theft Auto (@jacq_dullea) March 20, 2018 Instagram

As well as the societal pressure these kinds of tools put on women, they are also, apparently, somewhat ineffective or even medically harmful.

Speaking to Health.com Caroline Apovian, M.D., professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and a spokesperson for The Obesity Society said of these waist bands,

‘If you’re going out and want to look really thin, I don’t see a problem with wearing one of these for an evening.’ But as for lasting results, Dr. Apovian said, ‘In my opinion, that is complete nonsense.’ The trainers can actually cause more bad than good, she continued. Acid reflux, loss of strength, and displacement of organs are all possible side-effects of waist training.’

Obviously, as a businesswomen, Jenner (and any of her siblings) are free to get paid for whatever they want. However, as they introduce more political elements such as homelessness, gun control and reproductive rights into their show Keeping Up With Kardashian, perhaps they could look to their own feeds to help promote body positivity in all forms.

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What could be more enjoyable after giving birth than slipping into some high heels and squeezing your postpartum body into a corset? Last week, Mothercare was accused of pandering to the pressure on new mothers to lose their pregnancy weight and remain “sexy” by selling a corset, modelled by a woman wearing patent leather platform stilettos. “I’m very anxious for women who are getting the wrong message,” Jacqui Tomkins, the chair of Independent Midwives UK, told the Times. “It’s saying the most important thing is for you to be back in shape, looking like Kim Kardashian. That worries me.” The company has since removed the product and image, but is still selling a lace-print band, described as a “tummy tucker”, to be worn around the stomach, which it claims “helps with slimming down”.

Despite this furore, the corset has been creeping back into fashion for some time. In 2016, Prada revived the garment in a more utilitarian style, worn loosely laced over thick tailoring and sweaters. This style, while still designed to bring attention to a trim waist, was not rooted in old ideas of “sexiness”. But for autumn/winter 2019, fashion designers showed a more traditional style, with a return to full corsets and wide, waist-cinching belts.

And on social media, this traditional silhouette has an even tighter grip. There are more than a million posts on Instagram with a “waist training” tag. Many are niche corset-enthusiasts – a culture that could come under the categories of retro style, body modification, fetishism or cosplay – but the trend for an exaggerated hourglass figure has also turned waist training mainstream.

Kim Kardashian in a corseted dress at the Met Gala. Photograph: Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage

Katie Thomas, a corset designer who set up her company in 1999, says corset culture and waist trainers are completely different markets. She remembers the garments that were supposed to aid weight loss in the 80s and 90s. “It’s sad that 30 years on, women are looking for quick weight loss, and that’s what the waist trainer market is trying to capitalise on,” she says. “It is selling women false hope.”

Corsets, she says, are “different because we’re not focused on losing weight, it’s just about emphasising your body shape and celebrating the curves you have. I wear a corset every day because I like the shape it gives me. We have a lot of transgender clients who want a more feminine figure.”

The look got a huge boost when Kardashian wore a corseted Thierry Mugler dress to the Met Ball in May. The dress, designed to look like wet skin, contained a corset made by the corsetier Mr Pearl, who has long made corsets for Mugler, as well as other designers including Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood (he also wears a corset and has a reported 18-inch waist himself). Thomas has noticed a recent flurry of interest since Kardashian’s corseted dress, but she thinks the more traditional corset is “always going to be a niche item” with, she says, a close-knit and friendly community. The fad for waist trainers, however, has been growing more for the past few years.

Kardashian, whose body shape has probably had the biggest impact on the extreme hourglass “ideal”, has long been a promoter of waist-trainer bands on her Instagram account, as have her sisters Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner. These bands are essentially wide, elasticated belts that cinch you in and claim to lead to a permanently slimmer middle.

Carmen Dell’Orefice wearing a corset in Vogue, 1947. Photograph: John Rawlings/Condé Nast via Getty Images

“Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner said it was their secret to an hourglass shape,” says Chloe Lawrence, a beauty blogger who started waist training a year ago. She started wearing a tight-fitting band around her midriff for an hour a day, working up to eight hours. “It was very uncomfortable and caused me a lot of pain,” she says. “ shortness of breath and pain in my stomach when the trainer was off.” She says she didn’t notice any real change in her shape. “It works while you are wearing it, but as soon as you take it off, your waist just goes back to normal. I sometimes wear it under a dress as a corset for that specific time. But for long-term, this does not work.”

Few items of clothing come with as much baggage as the corset. The modern view is that they are little more than an instrument of torture, invented to oppress women. The truth may be more nuanced. Corset-type garments – known as stays – took off in the 16th century, and were mainly designed to create an upright posture. In the 1800s, however, they became an essential part of women’s fashion, and also tighter and more constrictive. But in her 2001 book The Corset: A Cultural History, the fashion historian Valerie Steele says the detrimental health effects – they were blamed for organ failure and spinal deformity – of wearing a corset were exaggerated, and that only a minority of women “tight-laced” to create an unnaturally tiny waist.

They would have made life more difficult for many women, though, constricting the ability to move or sit comfortably, and even hindering basic functions such as eating and breathing. In May this year, the actor Elle Fanning fainted at the Cannes film festival and later blamed it on her Prada 50s-style dress, nipped in at the waist, being too tight. Kardashian had to travel to the Met Gala standing up in a vehicle, holding on to a pole, and said she wouldn’t be able to go to the bathroom. But Thomas says she doesn’t find her corsets restrictive.

Elle Fanning in the Prada dress that made her faint. Photograph: George Pimentel/WireImage

Although 19th-century women’s rights campaigners set their sights on dress reform, and Coco Chanel helped liberate women from the corset, Steele argues it never really went away. “The corset did not so much disappear as become internalised through diet, exercise and plastic surgery,” she writes. Corsets gave way to girdles; girdles gave way to shapewear such as Spanx, launched in 2000; and now waist trainers have taken off.

Waist trainers and more traditional corsets are widespread on social media because they are a perfect fit. “We know that women’s bodies are the subject of scrutiny and control,” says Rebecca Scritchfield, a dietitian, exercise physiologist and author of the book Body Kindness. Social media reward anything “that is unusual or unique. The thin ideal is so rare and impossible to achieve, and this is another level of that. The picture on Instagram of somebody with a tiny waist and giant boobs is exotic, almost a fantasy. You get rewarded for participating in this uniqueness or rarity.” Likewise, she says, “Some people might be grossed out” by the artificiality of the look, “but it doesn’t matter because it still drums up a reaction.”

The company Waist Train UK has more than 14,000 followers on Instagram and claims its products can “curb appetites as the body adjusts to eating smaller portions during meals”. Some, such as the Kardashian-approved US brand Waist Gang Society, have hundreds of thousands of followers.

Yet the idea that you can simply squeeze your waist into submission, says Scritchfield, is a myth. There may also be dangers to waist trainers. Wearing one all day could lead to skin problems, if it rubs or causes sweating. Some waist trainers claim to raise the body’s temperature to encourage weight loss during workouts. “Where it raises your body temperature, if you’re not drinking water, you could get dehydrated,” she says, adding it could even lead to heatstroke. “They can constrict your breathing, which isn’t helpful. They can make your organs feel constricted. Besides the physical discomfort and pain it can cause, I think that there is emotional pain when you don’t get the result you expected.”

Bella Hadid in a corseted catsuit. Photograph: Stephen Lovekin/Rex/

For postpartum women, the corset seems to be a new low. The fashion commentator Caryn Franklin says it sets “unreasonable expectations. It is also normalising the idea that somehow the body getting back to its pre-pregnant state is a more focused achievement than the achievement of pregnancy and childbirth.”

The return of the focus on the waist is, she says, “the last place left to exploit. The waist has pretty much been left alone, while there has been huge focus on faces, lips, hair, breasts and latterly, thighs and buttocks.” She is less concerned with the corset’s appearance on the catwalk because she has seen it resurface several times in the nearly 40 years she has been working in fashion. “A plus about fashion is you put something on for fun to present yourself in a certain way and make a statement, and then you take it off,” she says. The trend for waist training, she says, feels different – it requires a desire to change your body.

That the Kardashians are the prime drivers, she adds, “doesn’t sit well with me. The Kardashian industry is built on the performance of femininity, where they present as hyperfeminised and hypersexualised. It’s all about appearance, and the normalisation of cosmetic surgery within that family means that they’re presenting an idea of femininity and making money out of the unachievable bodies they have crafted for themselves.”

Fans are dragging Kylie Jenner for using a waist trainer to ‘snap back’ after giving birth — here’s what experts think of the controversial tool

  • Kylie Jenner gave birth to her first child, daughter Stormi, nearly seven weeks ago.
  • She recently posted a selfie on Instagram promoting a brand of waist trainers, writing, “waistgang has the BEST quality snap back products.”
  • Many fans criticized Jenner for advertising the use of a controversial product — and for crediting it with her impressive post-pregnancy body.
  • Two experts told Tech Insider that the Kardashian-approved weight-loss method is essentially a hoax with no evidence of results.

Less than two months after giving birth, Kylie Jenner has returned to her favorite pre-pregnancy pastime: posting photos on Instagram. Most recently, the new mom posted a selfie to promote the brand Waist Gang Society.

“Waistgang has the BEST quality snap back products,” she wrote. “Use code (Kylie) for an exclusive discount & I can keep up with your progress.”

Waist trainers are like modern-day corsets that claim to shape your body and potentially shave inches off your waist. Although the “About Us” and “Tips” pages of Waist Gang Society’s website are completely blank, the brand’s Instagram page offers the vague promise of products “designed to target every troubled area.”

my girl @premadonna87 hooked me up with the @waistgangsociety snap back package. #ad waistgang has the BEST quality snap back products. make sure you get your package & follow @waistgangsociety to join & keep up the journey together. tag us in photos, and head over to www.whatsawaist.com NOW! Use code (Kylie) for an exclusive discount & I can keep up with your progress ‼️ #waistgangsociety #waistgang #fitness #whatwaist #whatsawaist.com

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Social media users were quick to call out Jenner’s arguably unhealthy model of “perfection.”

Many were unhappy that Jenner seemed to promote the notion that new moms have to ‘snap back’ to their pre-baby bodies.

“She looks great and I don’t hate her, she’s my favorite Jenner/Kardashian. But I wish at least one of them would show what a woman’s body after birth really looked like and not after surgery to ‘fix it.’ Just to show millions of people that it’s beautiful what women’s bodies can do,” wrote one critic under a fan page’s post.

—¿ Jackie ? (@jacq_dullea) March 20, 2018

Others criticized Jenner’s claims about the effectiveness of waist trainers.

Many also expressed cynicism over whether waist trainers are truly the reason for Jenner’s post-pregnancy weight loss.

“Please don’t use corsets that are supposed to ‘help make you skinny.’ They are really dangerous and can hurt your body really badly,” one person wrote under Jenner’s post.

—Cardi BTEC (@amelia_perrin) March 19, 2018 —🅟🅐🅤🅛🅘🅝🅔 (@bujogirl) March 20, 2018

There’s no proof that waist trainers actually help users lose weight or reshape their bodies.

Jenner made sure to tag the CEO of Waist Gang Society in her post and include the hashtag #ad, as she and her sisters are wont to do. And although it’s never clear whether the Kardashian-Jenner family actually uses the products that sponsor their posts, fans have seen the “Life of Kylie” star flaunt her waist-trained figure many times before.

The best quality shapers in the world order yours now from @waistgangsociety 👯‍♀️💎💯Train the @kyliejenner way!! Before the babe & after ❤️order your SnapBack package have it with you once you give birth!👯‍♀️ @waistgangsociety #whatsawaist

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In 2016, Tech Insider asked two experts to weigh in on the Kardashian-approved social media trend. The short answer: waist trainers are a hoax with no evidence of results.

“Most of the time, waist trainers are quick fixes and they work for a short period of time, but not long-lasting health,” Jim White, a certified dietitian as well as a gym owner and personal trainer, explained to Tech Insider.

Dr. Gina Sam, a gastroenterologist and director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Center at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told Tech Insider that wearing a waist trainer can cause shortness of breath, nausea, fainting, and bruising — especially if the product is too tight.

Both White and Sam made a point to debunk waist trainer claims of improving posture, strengthening the core, and attacking fat. Although it’s true that they can change the shape of your body in the short term, neither experts would recommend using them long term.

Although it’s never a good look to appraise a woman’s body — whether she’s a new mom or not — Jenner’s fans are right to be skeptical of her most recent claim.

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Kylie Jenner’s first #ad since welcoming daughter Stormi in February is an Instagram post pushing waist trainers that promise a “snap back” post-baby body, and it understandably hasn’t gone down well with fans.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star has already made tracks to reclaim her title as the Unofficial Queen of Instagram™ with an impromptu hot tub bikini shoot, but it’s her latest sponsored post that’s got people talking.

Along with a mirror selfie wearing all black with a waist trainer on, Kylie wrote,

“My girl @premadonna87 hooked me up with the @waistgangsociety snap back package. #ad waistgang has the BEST quality snap back products. make sure you get your package & follow @waistgangsociety to join & keep up the journey together. tag us in photos, and head over to www.whatsawaist.com NOW! Use code (Kylie) for an exclusive discount & I can keep up with your progress ‼️ #waistgangsociety #waistgang #fitness #whatwaist #whatsawaist.com “.

And while experts have already disclaimed whether waist trainers actually work, Keeping Up With The Kardashians fans have also taken to Twitter to call Kylie out for the sponsored post.

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One person wrote, “Find it so weird that the Kardashians/Jenners are multi millionaire uber cool influencers but still jam up their instas with basic, basic ads. Kylie I’m looking @ you with today’s waist trainer #ad #spon”, while another added, “Kylie’s back at it selling waist trainers, this time with a fun pregnancy spin! the devil works hard but Kris Jenner, my friend “

Daaamn Kylie, back at it again causing controversy.

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Speaking about waist trainers and whether they actually do what they say on the tin, Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine, told Women’s Health:

“Medically, it doesn’t make sense that cinching your waist tightly will make it permanently smaller. Once you take the garment off, your body will return to its usual shape. It’s also uncomfortable, restricts your movements, and if you wear it really tight, it can even make it difficult to breathe and theoretically could cause rib damage.”

It’s kind of common sense though, isn’t it? The best, most effective and proven way to get a flatter stomach is to eat healthier and exercise more. It’s a simple equation.

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Kylie Jenner Poses In Waist Trainer Just Weeks After Giving Birth

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Less than two months after giving birth to her baby girl Stormi, Kylie Jenner is ramping up her efforts to “snap back” into her pre-pregnancy body.

The new mom recently took to Instagram to share a photo (albeit, a sponsored post) of her in a black Waist Gang Society waist trainer, writing “waistgang has the BEST quality snap back products…”

The Kardashian-Jenner fam has long been touting waist trainers and corsets as a means to create their signature hourglass figures-Khloé even has a holiday-theme version-but the body-binding methods haven’t exactly been met with approval from fans or health pros. And Kylie’s latest post is no exception.

“Beautiful, but I hope it’s safe,” one follower commented. Another writing: “This is so unhealthy!!” People were chatting about the photo on Twitter, too, and some weren’t happy with the post. “Find it so weird that the Kardashians/Jenners are multi millionaire uber cool influencers but still jam up their instas with basic, basic ads. Kylie I’m looking @ you with today’s waist trainer #ad #spon,” one user tweeted.

On using waist trainers for weight loss, one expert previously told us that these extreme body-reshaping contraptions can do more harm than good. “Being compressed makes it hard to breathe,” said New York City nutritionist Brittany Kohn, R.D. in “Is Wearing a Corset the Secret to Weight Loss?” “And with so much pressure on your middle, it can lead to bruising and even organ damage.”

And what about someone like Kylie who is only a few weeks postpartum? Is the potential danger amplified?

“Pregnancy can cause your abdominal muscles to become weaker and stretch,” says “Dr. Nita” Landry, ob-gyn and cohost on The Doctors. “Getting back in shape by using a waist trainer can actually stop the abdominal and core muscles from strengthening… and yes, as far as causing harm, absolutely. Super-tight corsets can impact your breath and the diaphragm’s ability to move, compressing all your organs, and lead to a lot of different problems.”

And if you’re still wondering about those hourglass effects? “It may look great as you’re wearing it, but things are going to go back to place,” assures Dr. Landry.

Some experts say it takes 6 to 10 weeks for a woman’s body to naturally recover from the physical toll of giving birth, as post-birth contractions called afterpains shrink the uterus back down. Others assert a woman needs roughly a full year to recover. However, there’s no strict timeline for recovering from childbirth, as every woman’s body and genetics are different before, during, and after pregnancy, says Dr. Landry.

“When it comes to losing weight, it always circles back to diet and exercise,” says Dr. Landry. “I want women to have a healthy diet and exercise regimen, but also to love their post-pregnancy bodies.”

Potential health risks aside, Kylie’s post could leave other new moms feeling pressured to jump back on the pre-baby-body train immediately, too, instead of embracing their postpartum bodies like this fitness blogger. After all, losing the baby weight usually does take time.

  • By By Jahla Seppanen

Kylie Jenner is facing backlash once again for her latest ad endorsement. It’s been just over six weeks since she gave birth to her daughter Stormi and the new mom is back to advertising waist trainers on her Instagram.

Jenner wears a black waist trainer, which is essentially a corset, in the photo advertising the company “Waist Gang Society.” The ad is for their package that’s specifically designed for new moms to “snap back” to their pre-baby bodies.

Many new moms have spoken out against the toxic “snap back” culture that expects new moms to bounce back to their pre-pregnancy only weeks after giving birth.

Back in 2016, Blake Lively commented on the obsession Hollywood has created around women’s bodies post-birth saying, “I think a woman’s body after having a baby is pretty amazing. You don’t have to be Victoria’s Secret-ready right away. You’ve just done this incredible miracle that life has to offer.”

However, the ad doesn’t just concern new moms. Many of her fans are also calling Jenner out for continuing to promote these waist trainers and say that the product promotes unhealthy ideals of body perfection.

My god is kylie still advertising waist trainers (NOW POST GIVING BIRTH) to teenage girls !!! how can u be so filthy rich and still sell out for something that is so dumb and could potentially perpetuate negative body image in young girls

— ¿ Jackie ? (@jacq_dullea) March 20, 2018

Along with the pressure these beauty tools put on women in society, they’re also not necessarily effective or physically safe to use.

Caroline Apovian, M.D., professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and a spokesperson for The Obesity Society, told Health, “If you’re going out and want to look really thin, I don’t see a problem with wearing one of these for an evening.”

When it comes to lasting results and long term use, Dr. Apovian said, “In my opinion, that is complete nonsense. The trainers can actually cause more bad than good. Acid reflux, loss of strength, and displacement of organs are all possible side-effects of waist training.”

This isn’t the first time Jenner has advertised these modern day corsets, and based on how much all the Kardashians love them we don’t see her quitting any time soon.

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