Lara Johnson-Wheeler has credited Kim Kardashian for bringing the hourglass figure back into vogue as she said shapewear can “amplify goodness”.
Ms Johnson-Wheeler, Boris Johnson’s eldest daughter, made the comments as she reviewed the latest innovations in shapewear in the September issue of Tatler, of which she is a contributing editor.
Shapewear, typically worn under tight-fitting clothes, is an undergarment used to give support, smooth the wearer’s silhouette or sculpt their figure.
The striking black and white photos of the 28-year-old exude the “security” and “confidence” she said she feels when wearing the body-sculpting pieces.
Lara Johnson-Wheeler in Tatler
Credit: Mark Cant
"Wearing sculpting underwear doesn’t make me feel different per se, but it certainly makes me feel more secure in clothes I was previously unsure about,” she said.
“And, frankly, when shapewear is used as a foundation for comfort and confidence – to amplify the goodness there – there’s nothing controversial about that at all.”
Kim Kardashian, who launched her own shapewear brand, Skims, in 2018, is known for her hourglass figure. In 2014 her front cover shoot for Paper magazine “broke the internet” after the model was pictured balancing a champagne glass on her derriere.
“These days – thanks to Kim [Kardashian] and her contemporaries – looking like an hourglass is back in vogue,” Ms Johnson-Wheeler said.
“The goal to look ‘thicc’, with an unreasonably small middle, is highly covetable. As we emerge from multiple lockdowns, hedonism is combining with the desire to look our best – our most sculpted, our most cinched.”
“Thicc” is a slang term for a full-figured body, particularly referring to a larger bottom and small waist.
The full feature appears in the September issue of Tatler available via digital download and newsstands on Thursday 29th July
As part of the review, Ms Johnson-Wheeler attended a fitting at Rigby & Peller, a company which once supplied lingerie to the Queen.
“I realise this is the most compromising position I’ve ever conducted an interview in: I am naked from the waist up, wearing opaque tights, Tabi boots and my trusty More Joy mask, as we chat about breast tissue and waist cinching,” she wrote of her visit.
She added she was not a “total stranger” to shapewear, having “panic-bought” items to go with outfits in the past.
But, in offering “wisdom” to Tatler readers, Ms Johnson-Wheeler said “don’t expect a ‘tweakment’ effect from shapewear”.
“These garments are not going to fix what you might not like about your body. When they are designed well, they are designed to enhance what you already have, or to emulate today’s favoured body shape.”
See the full feature in the September issue of Tatler available via digital download and newsstands on Thursday 29th July.