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Guinness Book of World Records
Of course, Ethel Granger and Cathie Jung are
among the best known corsetwearers of
contemporary corsethistory! Both ladies appear
in the Guinness Book of World Records. You can
find Cathie on the website of Guinness Books of
World Records under Human Body/Smallest waist on
a living person.
The entries state Ethel's corseted waist of 13
inch (33 cm) and Cathie's 15 inch (38 cm) but in
a way, Cathie has beaten Ethel.
In her time, Ethel Granger was able to reduce
her waist from 23 inch (58,5 cm) to 13 inch (33
cm), so, a reduction of about 10 inch (25 cm).
Cathie Jung reducedher waist from 26 inch (66
cm) to 15 inch (38 cm), a reduction of 11 inch
To achieve this, it's an absolute necessity to
wear the corset day and night. Only when the
weather is unbearably hot, the corset is taken
off for a short while.
Corsetlovers however, must keep in mind that
waistreduction, to the extent that Cathie has
achieved, is only possible when done slowly and well
All too often there's the tendency to lace too
tight too soon, only resulting in a wearer unable to
get used to the corset. Contrarily, when done more
gradual, it is more easy to get accustomed to the
corset and the reduction can be taken further.
Not many will achieve a waistline such as
Cathie's, as this takes an iron will and discipline
as well as an adapted, 24 hour-a-day lifestyle.