Riccardo Tisci has deemed Madonna “the queen” of Monday’s Met Gala red carpet, and her show-stopping outfit easily bested everyone else’s punk-themed efforts. But let’s take a moment to celebrate the centerpiece of her elaborate look: her derrière. Enshrined in custom Givenchy fishnets, her exposed tuchis even got its own jewelry, a silver crucifix dangling from a chain over her right butt cheek. In case anyone wasn’t already entranced, she even waggled her behind for photographers.
Any celebrity who shows up to fashion’s biggest red carpet with her badonk hanging out is going to be prepared, and Madonna was certainly no exception. Her trainer of three and a half years, Nicole Winhoffer, told the Cut that she made their workouts extra butt-specific during the past week: “I had to make sure the muscles stayed contracted, lifted, and plump,” she explained over the phone yesterday.
Winhoffer first met Madonna while training backup dancers for the Sticky and Sweet tour in 2009. When the tour ended, Madonna asked Winhoffer to stay on as her primary trainer, and the pair has since co-founded the Hard Candy Fitness brand, which includes a series of DVDs called “Addicted to Sweat.” In addition to Madonna, Winhoffer’s clients include Andrea Riseborough and Abbie Cornish. Read on for more details on Madonna’s workout habits and Met Gala tush.
How long did you spend preparing Madonna for the Met Gala?
I knew that the event was on Monday, May 6, so in the week leading up to it, we spent a lot of time on legs and cardio, and particularly on her butt. We kept the room feeling warm, right at 85 degrees, and very humid, to promote sweating, which is good for the skin and circulation and blood flow. I focused on three [specific muscles] of the derriere, and I made sure they were fired during the warm-up, which is about ten to fifteen moves. Then we spent about 45 minutes each day on the toning session, which also focused on legs and inner thighs. We also did lots of cardio, about 35 minutes. We really really tried to burn fat and make sure the skin was tight.