Lara Johnson-Wheeler, Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler’s daughter, has appeared in a shoot for the September issue of Tatler magazine in which she poses in shapewear and discusses its empowering effect.
“These days – thanks to Kim [Kardashian] and her contemporaries – looking like an hourglass is back in vogue. The goal to look ‘thicc’, with an unreasonably small middle, is highly covetable,” the 28-year-old journalist, broadcaster and PM’s eldest child, wrote in a published extract of the accompanying article.
“As we emerge from multiple lockdowns, hedonism is combining with the desire to look our best – our most sculpted, our most cinched.”
Describing a shapewear fitting at Rigby & Peller, she said: “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.”
Adding she is “not a total stranger” to the figure-hugging garments, she continued: “I’ve panic-bought the odd piece to go with an outfit – but it’s clear I have much to learn.”
Her top tips for first-timers?
“First, know your size. If you don’t, then seek professional guidance… Second, establish what you want from the garments. Do you want to be lifted? Cinched? Smoothed? Find the right piece for your priorities. And finally, 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.”
Johnson-Wheeler explained that wearing sculpted underwear makes her feel “more secure in clothes I was previously unsure about.”
“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.”
See the full feature in the September issue of Tatler available via digital download and newsstands on Thursday July 29 tatler.com
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