Kim Kardashian knows that beauty is pain.

The 38-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star revealed on Friday that she took actual "corset breathing lessons" from famous corsetmaker Mr Pearl to prepare for this past Monday's 2019 Met Gala. Kim wore a custom-made nude silicone organza dress that French designer Manfred Thierry Mugler designed to look like a "California girl stepping out of the ocean." The outfit included a Mr Pearl corset and was paired with a "wet" hairstyle and makeup.

Kim posted on her Instagram page on Friday a photo of herself and Mugler going over the dress' design.

"The day that I found out the Met Gala theme was 'camp,' that same day we called @manfredthierrymugler the King of Camp!" she wrote. "We met up in Miami right after the holidays last year and saw the sketches! I learned so much about couture from this genius man, it was beyond couture, it was art! 7 months in the making and fittings in Montreal, Paris and LA. Corset breathing lessons from none other than Mr. Pearl. It was worth it all!!! And this was the start of a magical inspiring connection."

Kim had told Vogue on the red carpet at the Met Gala, when asked about her favorite part of the event experience, "Once we're all at the top of the carpet we can all take a deep breath. I don't know if I can in this corset. I honestly had to do practice. It's a proper corset by Mr Pearl. I never had one like this, it is insane."

Jean Baptiste, Mugler's manager, told Vogue in a behind-the-scenes video with Kim that the designer "understood immediately" that the reality star "was the next Venus of beauty." 


Kim Kardashian West, 2019 Met Gala, Red Carpet Fashions

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In the video, three men are shown helping to lace up Kim's corset.

She tells Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, co-host of the Met Gala, "Anna, if I don't sit down for dinner, now you know why. I can only like, half-sit."

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