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Lily James in Cinderella (2015)  with  Richard Madden

Lily James in Cinderella (2015) with Richard Madden

Lily James in Cinderella (2015) with Richard Madden

'Cinderella' actress Lily James has dismissed criticisms that her waist has been made to appear too thin in the Disney film as "irrelevant".

The fairytale has proved a box office hit in the United States - but it has faced a backlash from parents claiming the princess has an unnaturally small waist.

Lily James (25) reportedly had to go on a liquid diet to fit into the tight-fitting corset for the role.

Questioned over criticisms of her waistline ahead of the film's European premiere, she said: "I've had friends' kids and a little boy, Daniel, who is nine and he said, 'It's amazing how you promised your mum to be kind and good and remembered it.'"

"You just thought, that's the message, why on earth are we focusing on something so irrelevant?"

The remake of the classic Disney film has courted controversy ever since a trailer showed James in a blue ballgown with a tiny waist.

Some accused filmmakers of using digital wizardry to make her waist look smaller, but this has been fiercely denied.

Irish Independent