How did Pippa get that bottom? EXCLUSIVE It was one of the high points of the wedding.. Julie McCaffrey finds out how to gain a perfect behind.
Even before Kate Middleton had a chance to step on to the red carpet at the wedding of the century, something else had captivated the 2 billion viewers watching around the world
And within moments of its appearance, it had almost crashed Twitter, and a Facebook appreciation site, which now boasts 150,000 ardent fans, was set up in its honour.
In case you haven't figured it out yet, we're talking about Pippa Middleton's bottom. Isn't everyone? Draped in air-soft white silk and adorned with a row of buttons, her pert rear wiggled mesmerisingly as she slowly followed her sister down Westminster Abbey's aisle. Catherine was beautiful, the flower girls were adorable and Prince William was regal. But all eyes were on perky Pippa's posterior, which looked eye-smackingly gorgeous.
So how do you get a bum as perfect as Pippa's? Because we'll do ANYTHING!
Let's get the bad news out of the way first. Celebrity fitness expert Cornel Chin, who is currently training members of the Royal Family but is too discreet to divulge any names, says: "Having a slender yet rounded backside is much to do with genes."
What a bummer.
"And if you look at Pippa's mum Carole, you can easily see where she got her slim yet curvy, long legged figure."
But wait. All is not lost. Cornel adds: "Better news is, there is a lot you can do to improve your butt. The gluteus maximus is a big muscle that responds quickly and dramatically to exercise. And that's great, because I've already had a queue of clients pointing to pictures of Pippa and saying, 'I want a body like THAT'."
Even if, like lots of us Brits, your bum is so big it has to be carried around in a suitcase, Cornel - author of Celebrity Body on a Budget - insists there are simple everyday things we can do to slim it down and tone it up.
He says: "Pippa plays a lot of tennis, which is great for toning a behind because you're on your feet constantly and doing lots of short forward and backwards sprints. And she swims frequently.
"Swimming is also good for giving you buns of steel but not the breast stroke, because the frog-like movements don't involve your buttocks. The front crawl is far more effective.
"If you want to change the shape of your bum, losing excess weight will help shift saddlebags and any excess bum baggage.
"But it's exercise rather than diet that will create that enviable shape. There's lots you can do even without setting foot in a gym. Always take the stairs and never take a lift. And climb two stairs at a time to bend the knees more and engage your glutes.
"If you have a boyish, straight up and down figure and want more curvature, avoid strenuous cardio workouts and extreme diets.
"And if your bum is on the J-Lo side, avoid squatting exercises with heavy weights as they will build up the glutes."
TONE UP YOUR TUSH
Celebrity and Royal fitness trainer Cornel Chin says: "The two best exercises for bums are lunges and squats. To lunge, stand upright with your hands on your hips. With the right leg first, take a large step forward until both knees are bent. Don't let your back knee touch the floor but keep it six to eight inches above the floor. Then push backwards to the starting position, which needs quite a strong thrust. Repeat with the other leg.
"For squatting exercises start by standing with your feet just outside hip distance apart and a chair behind you. With your hands behind your ears, across the chest or on your hips, bend your knees and lower your buttocks towards the floor while keeping your back relatively straight until you lightly touch the chair. Extend the legs and return to the start position."
PERFECTING THE WIGGLE
It wasn't just the shape and size of Pippa's bum which has been hailed globally gorgeous. Her hypnotic walk, which had the hint of a hip wiggle, showed off her backside at its best..
Chyna Whyne is THE expert in perfecting a sexy walk. The singer-songwriter took three years out of her career modelling and performing with music greats like Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan to become a qualified practitioner in the Alexander Technique to improve her posture.
Now she gives masterclasses in walking in high heels, which include exhibitions on Vivienne Westwood shoes and tutorials for brides and bridesmaids who want to glide down the aisle (www.sexyheelsinthecity.com).
Chyna says: "Pippa had a naturally beautiful walk but it's something we can all learn.
"It's about technique, but also about blossoming in your full sensuality. Then you will achieve a walk that is stunning and says so much about you as a woman."
Perfecting a walk that draws attention to a sexy behind will take practice. Get it right and you will achieve the Pippa effect of elegantly and subtly exuding sensuality. Get it wrong and you might get more of a hooker's hip swing.
Chyna says: "First, find the right solid and balanced shoes. Put them on a table and tap the back of the shoes. If the shoe rocks, it's unbalanced and you've zero chance of perfecting a balanced walk.
"Make sure that your head is beautifully poised at the top of your spine. Now, sashay. Being in touch with your hips shows confidence, and remember that elegant posture is absolutely essential.
"Lead with the ball of your foot for control and a lightness of step, as leading with your heel will give you a heavy and clumsy walk. Then, smile. Pippa's smile dazzled, and despite the nerve-jangling experience she looked utterly confident and that's always sexy to see." Pippa's jaw-droppingly stylish dress also seemed to make the most of her tiny tush. Few of us can afford to commission Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton to make a pounds 20,000 column dress cut to compliment our figures to the millimetre. But choosing styles wisely can make the most of our booties.
Fashion editor Didi Danso says: "If you have a boyish figure and want the illusion of a curvier bum, then go for bias-cut dresses which cling in all the right places. If you have a bigger behind, a 1950s style full or circle skirt will accentuate your waist and disguise a larger bum. And if you're already blessed with beautiful buttocks, a figure-hugging body-con dress will show off your full potential." If all else fails, cheat. Didi says: "These days support knickers offer the lot - whether you need padded pants for a curvier look, a bit of uplift or undies to flatten and firm your bum."
Just like Pippa, soon you too could have the world at your seat.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 3, 2011|
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