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The 2019 Met Gala may have come and gone, but some looks are still worth dissecting and mulling over. Case in point: Kim Kardashian's “dripping wet” Thierry Mugler dress that accentuated her, um, super tiny waist. 

When Kim K stepped out on that cotton-candy-pink carpet, jaws everywhere dropped at the mere sight of her itty bitty waist. Admittedly, she didn't look all that comfortable, and for good reason: She had literally been strapped into the mother of all corsets with the help of three grown men.

And now we know that her Met Gala prep went a step further. The reality TV star recently revealed that she also took — wait for it — literal breathing lessons to be able to wear that incredibly fitted corset.

Kim Kardashian made quite the statement at the 2019 Met Gala last week.

When she walked the pink carpet at the big event, people were shocked and pretty concerned by the super small appearance of her waist. Some even began to speculate that she had undergone surgery in order to get the appearance of a barely detectable midsection. Although that wasn't the case, she did have to get strapped into an insane corset. 

Vogue was there to document the whole process.

All hands were on deck to help Kardashian get into the crazy-tight corset. She was quite literally sucked into the piece, Marie Antoinette-style. She had the help of several hands, including three grown men, to get her into that nude full-body corset. With each pull of those lace-up ties, her waist began to disappear before our very eyes. It was definitely intense to watch.

She had some trouble sitting down.

"Anna, if I don’t sit down for dinner, now you know why,” she said slowly, struggling to lower herself into the seat. And remember: When she finally got to the Met Gala, her walk along the pink carpet was pretty slow and steady, meaning she must've really been having a hard time even stepping one foot in front of the other. Doesn't this just sound... painful?

After the corset, she had to get into the actual dress.

Whew! Is anyone else just exhausted reading about this? Can you imagine actually doing this to your body? Her Mugler dress was made out of silicone, so it required lots of gentle hands and the utmost care to ensure the creation didn't tear or break. 

"I've never seen a team like this before," Kardashian said in the behind-the-scenes video. 

At last, she got into the darn thing.

Sure, the whole process took a few hours, and Kardashian could probably barely breathe in that number, but anything for ~fashion~, right? Eh, maybe it's not simple. While the wet look with the small waist was definitely a head-turning look, we can't help but worry about her insides — are her organs going to be OK?! They certainly appeared to be under danger from being sucked in all night. 

When fans accused Kardashian of getting surgery in order to fit into the Mugler creation, her personal trainer, Melissa Alcantara, sounded off.

"To make things clear," Alcantara wrote on Instagram, "1. This dress is corseted BUT 2. Kim trains her ass off 6 days a f****** week, she wakes up early AF and is dedicated. 3. I paved the road for her but SHE did the work! MOST IMPORTANTLY I don't give a s*** about your opinions on her body, if you think [it's] fake or not! I see her every morning, I see her train and I see her sweat and I see all the work she does outside the gym and THAT is commendable!"

But that didn't stop people from expressing their concerns.

As one Twitter user wrote: "Where did Kim Kardashian’s internal organs spend the night at Met Gala? Because I can’t figure out how anatomically possible it would be to fit them all inside that tiny waist." 

Another person said that they wished the reality TV star would "use her platform to speak on things like body positivity but she keeps making her waist unrealistically narrow."

For what it's worth, the inspiration behind Kardashian's look was Sophia Loren.

Kardashian and Mugler looked to Loren in the 1957 Jean Negulesco-directed film Boy on a Dolphin for their Met Gala inspo. It was the first time Mugler designed for the House of Mugler in 20 years, and the creation reportedly took eight whole months to complete. 

"He just envisioned me this California girl stepping out of the ocean, on the red carpet, wet, dripping, that is the vibe tonight," Kardashian told E! News.

But wait, there's more.

It turns out that in addition to the entire crew it took to get on that corset and dress, as well as the rigorous workout schedule, Kardashian did something even more extreme for her Met Gala prep. She took actual breathing lessons

On Instagram, she said: "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. Stay tuned for more."

Welp, there you have it, folks.

All it takes to get a Barbie-sized waist is an entire crew to help you squeeze into a medieval corset, nonstop exercise, and lots of breathing lessons so that you don't pass out from wearing your couture masterpiece. 

Kardashian maintains "it was worth it all," but at this point we have to ask, was it really? These extreme measures aren't safe or suitable for most people, and it's probably best to leave outdated notions of "ideal" body types in the past where they belong.