You ain’t bout that life! Some folks will do ANYTHING to reach their goal of getting slimmy trimmy even endure pain, suffering and muscle atrophy!
Itty-bitty Berliner Michele Kobke, 24, has worn a corset continuously for three years, dropping nine inches off her waistline in her quest for a slim, hourglass figure.
Kobke tells the Daily News she started with a waist of about 25 inches. Her three years of wearing a corset, which she wears eating, sleeping and even swimming, has left her with a 16- or 17- inch waist.
“My dream waist is 15 inches,” she said.
That would represent a world record for an adult, currently held by Connecticut woman Cathie Jung.
It’s a practice known a tightlacing, a community of enthusiasts who tightly lace corsets to achieve such drastic body modifications.
Kobke keeps a detailed account of her journey on her Facebook page and in YouTube videos, showing off different corsets for friends and fans. She even sews her own pieces and models famous fashion designers’ corset creations.
Even as she closes in on her “dream” waist, Kobke admits there are health concerns with such a passion. A doctor already diagnosed her with some muscle atrophy from wearing the fashion piece 24 hours a day.
“I can’t imagine to just stop one day,” she said in a segment with RTL, a German television channel. “The corsets have become an important part of my life. I just can’t imagine.”
But aside even from the medical risks, Kobke has had a falling out with family members, who disagree with the extreme measures she takes for beauty.
“My family’s reaction to my tightlacing regimen is quite negative,” she told the German TV station. “They say that I spoil my body. But I would say that smoking and drinking alcohol are actually much worse for you, so corsets may not be healthy, but also not really unhealthy.”
Corsets have even gained traction as a celebrity semi-fad after Jessica Alba revealed earlier this year that she wore such a piece to slim her stomach after having her children.
“I wore a double corset day and night for three months,” Alba, 31, told Net-A-Porter’s magazine. “It was sweaty, but worth it. It was brutal; it’s not for everyone.”
Yikes. Would you go to such great lengths for an itty bitty waist???
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