I was browsing around on youtube yesterday and came across this video :
Insanely fascinating. I have always loved corsets and even have a couple myself. However this, which is called tight-lacing is going a bit too far in my own humble opinion.. I like the sexiness of corsets and how they accentuate your waist and therefor also other aspects of your body, but obviously not to the extreme example above. It’s a bit creepy and sad I think.. You can read more about Cathie Jung here : Cathie Jung
Of course, everyone has their view of what they consider beautiful. Oh and on a side note, it isn’t just women who wear corsets, men as well (!)
Of these two ladies underneath I prefer the top one…not the bottom!
Apparently in the past of corsets, which is also called stays, mothers used to put broad belt like things on their daughters to start molding their little bodies at a young age. By the time they hit their teenage years they were wearing full on corsets to minimize their waists. Here is an extract from the Toronto Daily Mail in 1883 in the section called “Women’s Kingdom” :
A reader signing herself, “Corset”, inquired:
SIR, — I read with great pleasure the article about “Small Waists” in “Woman’s Kingdom.” Now, do you think that a girl can be laced tightly without injury? I have two daughters (9 and 12) whom I have never allowed to wear stays, for fear of injuring their constitutions; but they are growing up such clumsy girls that I am quite ashamed of them. Now, perhaps some of your correspondents who are mothers and have brought up daughters will give me advice. I would like to know how many inches I could reduce their waists, and whether it would be better to make this reduction all at once, or by degrees?
The next Saturday, “Staylace” offered her experience :
Crazy world we live in.. 😉