Her tiny waist in Walt Disney Pictures’ Cinderella has become much of a controversy and Lily James is hitting back at criticism over the topic. In a HuffPost Live interview, the actress was asked, “Did you think that it was going to cause this much of a to-do?”
The British actress replied, “Of course not. On one hand, it’s upsetting. On the other hand, it’s just boring. Why do women always get pointed at for their bodies? And why is this whole thing happening that I’m constantly having to justify myself? International Women’s Day has just gone, and it just feels just a bit sad that it’s still happening. And, you know, I’m very healthy and I always have been.”
The iconic dress that Cinderella wears to the ball was designed by Sandy Powell. James explained about the dress saying, “It goes in at the waist and the skirt is big and full so that it accentuates the shape. I felt like a princess wearing it. Corsets are always hard to wear—they just are. That’s what they are.”
James added, “Obviously I haven’t been under such a limelight before, but I really have been lucky because I’ve always had a very healthy attitude towards my body, so that’s why in a way it’s confusing me, because I don’t feel like [it’s an issue]…and it’s a costume! Yeah. That’s all I can say about that.”
Richard Madden, who plays Prince Charming, defended James’ saying,”I can vouch for Lily on this. That’s her real waist. I held it. I know how tiny it was. And she did eat. She eats like a boy!” he joked.
Speaking to E! News last week, the actress said she wanted to be a positive role model, “For girls growing up, sometimes I think they get the wrong idea for what women should look like. And I think it’s so important to be healthy and confident and natural. And not put too much stress on trying to be thin—I don’t get the thin, thin thing at all.”