It’s no secret that many women are in search of the coveted perfect hourglass figure, but how far will you go to achieve it? Corsets are commonly worn by women to give them a desired body shape which consists of a small waist. However, the fashionable corsets we wear today are nothing compared to the steel boning corsets some women wear. There is a popular subculture called tight-lacing which involves women taking drastic measures to achieve a tiny waist. Tight-lacing involves wearing a steel boned corset 7 days a week, 23 hours a day. Women who tight-lace claim to only take their corset off to shower, meaning it stays on while they sleep, eat, and even swim. Tight-lacing has numerous health risks, including the shifting of body organs, shortness of breath due to restriction of the lungs expanding, as well as weaker back muscles causing women to need to the corset to be able to stand. Women can achieve a waist as small as 14 inches, and here here are some of the women who have taken all of the risks to achieve some of the smallest waists recorded in history. How far would you go for beauty?
Cathie Jung holds the Guiness World Record for the smallest waist on a living woman. 76 year old Cathie Jung, who stands at 5 ft 8 in and has a corseted waist measuring 15 in. Un-corseted, it measures 21 in.
The smallest known waist in history belongs to this woman. Her waist has been recorded as being as small as 13 inches.
A 24 year old woman from Germany who has more recently made her way into the news. She has worn corsets for three years to to shrink her 25 inch waist to a mere 21 inches, 16 in corseted.