Hollywood stars often suffer for their art – particularly when it comes to the gruelling costumes they often have to wear to recreate historical dramas. Namely, the corset.
Although the constraints of a corset can reflect the limitations of women’s rights during those periods, it can also have serious physical effects on those wearing it.
Here are 10 actresses speaking out about the physical and emotional torment of wearing the restrictive garment below…
Knightley is synonymous with sumptuous period dramas, but the star says wearing an obligatory corset is “positively awful”.
“It’s not really a surprise we were known as the weaker sex, because you literally cannot get a breath,” the star told Today. “So it’s sort of, as soon as you start getting emotional, if you’re doing an emotional scene, you can’t calm down.
“You can’t literally draw a breath to try and centre yourself again. It’s no wonder they were sort of fainting all over the place.”