“Cinderella” actress Lily James is fed up with those critiquing her slim waistline. James has been fielding questions about her ultra-thin appearance in the film for days after countless social media users accused her of having been edited to appear smaller. James began battling weight critics last week during an appearance on ABC's "Nightline." Unfortunately, it appears she's not yet done.
The 26-year-old, joined by co-star Richard Madden, sat down for an interview with HuffPost Live where she was forced, yet again, to respond to the barrage of comments about her size. James called the discussion “just boring.”
“On one hand, it's upsetting. On the other hand, it's just boring,” the British actress said. “Why do women always get pointed at for their bodies?”
James told the Huffington Post her waist is “naturally quite small,” adding she's tired of having to justify herself and her slim figure constantly. She says she is now and always has been healthy.
“International Women's Day has just gone, and it just feels just a bit sad that it's still happening. You know, I'm very healthy and I always have been,” she said.
Even Madden, who plays Prince Charming, couldn't help but chime in. The actor vouched for his on-screen love interest 100 percent, saying there is no denying that James eats regularly.
“I can vouch for Lily on this. That's her real waist,” he said. “I held it, I know how tiny it was. And she did eat. She eats like a boy.”
The young actress and her prince aren't the only ones speaking out on her behalf. Director Kenneth Branagh previously told HuffPost Live James' waist was not altered in any way. Branagh added lighting and what he called the “natural body physics” of wearing corsets may have been contributing factors.
Costume designer Sandy Powell recently told people it was the proportions of the dress that caused James to appear so tiny. Powell explained the corset bodice paired with the large skirt "exaggerated" her naturally slim appearance.
“It's exaggerated by the proportions of the dress,” Powell told People. “The diameter of the skirt is so enormous, and it's also broader at the shoulders. That's drawing your eye right to that tiny waist.”
“Cinderella” also stars Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, and many more. The film hits theaters Friday.