Lily James admits corset was 'unpleasant'

Ann Oldenburg
Lily James at the 'Cinderella' premire on March 1 in Los Angeles.

There's no doubt about it: Lily James is a beautiful Cinderella.

With a super-tiny waist.

We've been buzzing about this since December when photos of the lovely film princess, starring in Cinderella, first surfaced. There were outcries of Photoshopping and CGI trickery, not to mention overall bad role model imagery going on.

But the Downton Abbey actress has defended her look.

She told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week that her costume's waist-cincher and voluminous skirt created an illusion of being small -- and she does not feel she's promoting any kind of unhealthy body image.

"I naturally have a really small waist," said James, 25. "The skirt's big and the corset pulls me in, and that's the point. That's the shape (costume designer) Sandy Powell created."

She added, "I'm so healthy. I've got hips and boobs and a bum and a small waist."

But James also admitted to E! that the corset squeezed her so much she couldn't eat!

"When it was on we would be on continuous days so we wouldn't stop for lunch or a lovely tea. ... You'd be sort of eating on the move," she said.

"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."

The admission is prompting some outrage, bringing up the role model issue again.

We went through this with Kim Kardashian and her corset and, just this week, Real Housewives of Atlanta star and mother of six kids Kim Zolciak shared a photo of herself all cinched up.

As notes: "Yep, nothing says 'totally cool message for youngsters' like literally squeezing one's organs into revolt!"