After the gala, Interview magazine‘s editor in chief, Mel Ottenberg, asked the supermodel, “How sucked in and unbreathing are you on the red carpet? Or are you giving ease?” Hadid then answered, “Mel, I literally like, blacked out. I don’t even think I got one good photo on the red carpet. Now that I look back, I realise that people literally stand there for 20 minutes and they give.”
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She added, “I looked once to the left, once to the right, and I ran up the stairs. I don’t think I was out there for more than three minutes. I don’t know if that was my anxiety, or maybe the waist was giving cinch and I couldn’t breathe. I mean, there were probably a lot of things happening.”
Her look of the night consisted of a sultry gown with a leather corset and thigh-high slit, mesh evening gloves, and sheer lace tights, courtesy of Riccardo Tisci for Burberry. It certainly looked skintight, which is why her comments about the outfit had some fans worried about the model.
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But on her Instagram Story, Hadid later clarified that it was a joke, and her Burberry look did not actually cause her to black out.
Hadid posted a screenshot of an article about her comment (titled “Bella Hadid Jokes She ‘Blacked Out’ on Met Gala Carpet Due to Tight Corset: ‘I Couldn’t Breathe'”) and wrote, “I want to make something very clear…. This is not at all what I (meant to) say. I didn’t say I blacked out because of my corset. I joked that I blacked out, not because of my corset, but from the regular anxieties and excitement of the carpet.”
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She also defended Tisci’s gown and made it clear that she had a great time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala.
“I meant more like it goes by in a flash. So quickly that ya barely remember it! I should have said that. And Corsets in general are pretty uncomfortable/hard on the lungs but My corset fit perfectly with enough room to eat and drink!!” Hadid added.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.