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Cast of Gossip Girl Wears Spanx to Slim Down

Gossip Girls' Diet Secret — Spanx: Cool or Not?

Ever wonder how the stars of Gossip Girl always look so perfectly slim? Eric Damon, costume designer for the hit TV show, reveals that when the cast needs to lose weight quickly, he hands them some "good underwear." The ladies of the Upper East Side, it seems, are on a skivvies weight loss program. As Damon puts it, "They don't [diet]. They just get some good underwear and they're fine. I say, just enjoy yourself. If you put on a couple of pounds, then great, buy some Spanx."

For those not in the know, Spanx is an undergarment line —  tights, camis, panties, slips, and more — that sucks in and smooths out all those loose and jiggly parts. Curious, I tried on a pair of its Hide & Sleek Hi-Rise Body Smoother ($70), and while I did look more streamlined under my dress (I think they might have even taken an inch or two off my waist!), I also couldn't breathe. I imagine Spanx are sort of like a modern day version of corsets.

And though the actresses don't strike me as needing help hiding unwanted pounds, I'm also not donning the skin hugging dresses Serena is so fond of. Damon went on to say that Spanx are just one of the things he keeps in his arsenal to make sure the cast always looks amazing,"There is a whole architecture system that happens on the show and on TV . . . that make your boobs and a** look great," he reveals. Ah, the magic of TV.

What do you think of Spanx — is it OK to suffer a little bit to look good?

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Asche Asche 6 years
I love Spanx and find them totally comfy!
tiabia tiabia 6 years
I love Spanx!!!
tiabia tiabia 6 years
I love Spanx!!!
Zulkey Zulkey 6 years
I'm just here to laugh at the photo. Is it possible for someone's spanx to be too big?
BeamerCG BeamerCG 6 years
I think they're fine for a big night out, first date, etc I'm not a fan of them for daily use as they might make not work out: "Hey I can skip a day or three of exercise. I'll just wear my spanx again." However, that's just me. If others want to wear them all the time, that's up to you.
Jess8902 Jess8902 6 years
I love my spanx!! I'm actually super stoked they have swimwear now! I also find that when I wear them it's difficult to overeat..not because I can't breathe, but because I'm more aware of my tummy.
kastarte2 kastarte2 6 years
I have used spanx for special occasions like weddings and haven't found them at all uncomfortable. Are you sure you had the right size?
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
I'd rather lace up my corset. Which is actually dead comfy.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Spanx are pretty cool and they really do work pretty well. I wore the shorts under my wedding dress instead of nylons and they smoothed me out and gave me a good foundation for the dress. I didn't find them to be overly tight, but I think if you got the wrong size, you could get a nice indent in your thighs where they cut off. At least they're using underwear to make the stars look better rather than forcing them to go on unrealistic diets. Good undergarments are hardly a new idea...they've been using them in Hollywood for decades.
eneriyma eneriyma 6 years
I don't find Spanx to be uncomfortable - I've used them under bias-cut silk and chiffon dresses that show EVERYTHING and they were about as constricting as a sports bra (but around my stomach). Maybe I'm wearing them too big, though?
yu1 yu1 6 years
I'm naturally skinny but, I am from the middle east, no matter how 'thin' I am I still somewhat manage too look like a 12 year old boy while still having somewhat of an hourglass shape. My waist is really tiny and it makes my hips look massive. (I'm really self concious about my hips!) So, last year I bought some spanx...honestly, I think it made me look bigger :/ I don't know, when I spoke to my aunt about it she said if you work out and you've 'sculpted' your body with weights/pilates/barre, spanx makes you lose that...I don't know if I agree with her, but I do well without needing spanx. Although I think the idea is divine, I wish it works for me.
Angelica Angelica 6 years
I LOVE Spanx! I genuinely like the security of being a little restricted under a dress (probably because I feel a little uncomfortable in them) so I'm a huge fan. Especially for weddings and fancy dresses. You get the best smooth lines. I am sure the GG gals don't have much to smooth out, so it probably just helps make them camera ready.
bronzebeauty719 bronzebeauty719 6 years
wooow love hearing this! it makes them regular relatable people :) the gg girls are normal thin well except for taylor momsen.. im on the thin/petite side and wear spanx everyday during new england winter... instead of buying other tights i wear the mid calf footless spanx under my pants..not only am i warm and i can def breathe but i notice i eat better and stop when full...
tuliprush tuliprush 6 years
I used to wear spanx all the time. The high-rise body smoother that you sampled. I never felt like I couldn't breathe - - - I just was always sweating after the work-out it involves in getting them on!! They definitely smooth you out. When I was pretty damn chubby (60 lbs heavier than I am now), I always wore spanx...every day...because it allowed me to feel like it's not as obvious to everyone else. I felt "hmm, my stomach doesn't roll over my pants when I wear these. Good, I don't need to do anything about my stomach."So in that regard, I feel that spanx did me a great disservice. It just made me not fix the problem, because it did such a good job getting pants on me that would have not gotten on me otherwise, and not displaying the muffin top that would have surely busted my pants if I had not had them on.
tuliprush tuliprush 6 years
I used to wear spanx all the time. The high-rise body smoother that you sampled. I never felt like I couldn't breathe - - - I just was always sweating after the work-out it involves in getting them on!! They definitely smooth you out. When I was pretty damn chubby (60 lbs heavier than I am now), I always wore spanx...every day...because it allowed me to feel like it's not as obvious to everyone else. I felt "hmm, my stomach doesn't roll over my pants when I wear these. Good, I don't need to do anything about my stomach." So in that regard, I feel that spanx did me a great disservice. It just made me not fix the problem, because it did such a good job getting pants on me that would have not gotten on me otherwise, and not displaying the muffin top that would have surely busted my pants if I had not had them on.
Lilavatti Lilavatti 6 years
Mixed feeling here. One good thing about it: there's less pressure to stay very thin for the actresses. On the other hand, featuring people that look a bit more average would be better, I think.
Lilavatti Lilavatti 6 years
Mixed feeling here. One good thing about it: there's less pressure to stay very thin for the actresses. On the other hand, featuring people that look a bit more average would be better, I think.
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
I think it's cool, it's just a piece of clothing that makes you look better and feel more confident. Like a flattering outfit... I never used it though, so I can't comment on its comfort level...
zeze zeze 6 years
I knew it! When Serena wears those tight bandage dresses you can tell, it looks like tights or spanx underneath.Also what he said about the boobs is so true. I don't think Blake has had a boob job, I think she uses tv magic to make amazing 22 yr old boobs look unreal. I've got a decent size chest on small frame, but in reality big breasts tend to not be as perky, even at 24, so I hated wearing low V necklines where I couldn't wear a bra, then I found a bra on ebay by coincidence called the "V Bra" which has cups on the outer edge of the boob and the band part is really low. and OMG when you wear that under a low cut dress it looks amazing and totally unrealistic, yet no one can see a bra and because everything (side boob and all) is showing everyone will assume there is no bra and it must be natural or enhanced by surgery. So now I'm a firm believer in TV tricks, if this was on ebay and for walking around with people all day, I can't imagine what they have access to for tv shows!
zeze zeze 6 years
I knew it! When Serena wears those tight bandage dresses you can tell, it looks like tights or spanx underneath. Also what he said about the boobs is so true. I don't think Blake has had a boob job, I think she uses tv magic to make amazing 22 yr old boobs look unreal. I've got a decent size chest on small frame, but in reality big breasts tend to not be as perky, even at 24, so I hated wearing low V necklines where I couldn't wear a bra, then I found a bra on ebay by coincidence called the "V Bra" which has cups on the outer edge of the boob and the band part is really low. and OMG when you wear that under a low cut dress it looks amazing and totally unrealistic, yet no one can see a bra and because everything (side boob and all) is showing everyone will assume there is no bra and it must be natural or enhanced by surgery. So now I'm a firm believer in TV tricks, if this was on ebay and for walking around with people all day, I can't imagine what they have access to for tv shows!
jkat jkat 6 years
I love spanx. They hold everything in, prevent lines, smooth and smooth everything out. I wish there were a few more versions to wear under shorter items. (The "power panties" type design always goes to mid-thigh, so it can't be worn with mini dresses).I think if you "can't breathe" when you are wearing them you are either being very dramatic, or are wearing the wrong size. Going smaller does not always mean better with the Spanx. I personally have never had any respiratory or circulatory problems while wearing Spanx.
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