The actress told E! that eating wasn't really possible. "I think I may be trying to get sympathy a bit there. I'm being a bit over the top," she prefaced. "When [the corset] was on, we would be on continuous days so we wouldn't stop for lunch or a lovely tea like this — you'd be sort of eating on the move. In that case, I couldn't untie the corset. So if you ate food it didn't really digest properly and I'd be burping all afternoon in [Richard Madden]'s face, and it was just really sort of unpleasant. I'd have soup so that I could still eat but it wouldn't get stuck."
Uh, no wonder Cinderella leaves that ball in a hurry. She doesn't want to burp in Prince Charming's face!
OK, aside from how uncomfortable that sounds, what's even more unpleasant is that that's our society's ideal image of beauty: A girl whose waist is so small she literally can't eat anything but liquid calories.
Thankfully, James recognizes this is completely unrealistic and encourages younger girls to have a healthier outlook.
"For girls growing up, sometimes I think they get the wrong idea for what women should look like," the actress said. "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. I'm actually finding it really hard not to eat right now."
And that's when James and E! host, Ali Fedotowsky, decided to chow down on some of the gorgeous macaroons laid out in front of them with a host of other delectable treats.
So while waist-cinching devices may be popular in movies and with some celebs, we're glad James would rather opt for the macaroons.
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