Nerina has been wearing a corset since she was 14 years old. There are health risks associated with her obsession. The woman's body has adapted and grown with her wearing a corset, so every time she takes it off she feels her intestines moving, trying to retrieve a more natural position.
A part-time dancer dabbling in the burlesque genre, she even wears her beloved corsets to sleep. While others look for comfortable jammies, she wears a custom corset during the night.
Without a corset, Nerina's waist actually measures 22 inches (56 cm).
Her goal is to break American Cathie Jung' record. A corset enthusiast from Connecticut, Mrs. Jung wears a corset 24 hours a day and has managed to get her waist down to 15 inches (38.1 cm). At 1.65 m (5 ft 6 in) tall, she is the current Guinness World Record holder for the “Smallest Waist on a Living Person.” (Source)
She currently holds the record for the world's smallest waist on a living person. Her waist is about the same size as a regular jar of mayonnaise. (Source)
However, Michele's tiny waist could prove to have serious consequences for her health, as she already struggles to stand up without her corset thanks to atrophied muscles in her back and stomach. Her stomach is so constricted that she can't eat a normal meal; instead, she eats up to 10 small meals a day.
By comparison, the average British woman has a waist that measures 33.43 inches (84.9 cm), which is equivalent to a size 14 dress size. (Source)
After years of corsets, Ethel finally achieved a Guinness Book of World Records-worthy 13-inch waist, as well as a signature look involving a variety of facial piercings. (Source | Photo)
Spangenberg, 30, measures in at 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing six stone. She insists that she eats three square meals a day, including fatty foods such as crisps, pizza, and kebabs.
When she was 13, she would get friends to put their hands completely around her 15-inch waist.
She says she has tried to fatten up, eating sweets like Mars bars to do so, but to no avail. (Source)
The student from Dallas, Texas was 19 years old during her appearance on the show. (Source)
7Dita Von Teese
In an interview with Closer magazine, Von Teese, who is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 8st 3lbs, also admitted going through a "party girl" phase in the 90s.
The star explains that she maintains her tiny 22-inch waist (which can be squeezed down to 16.5 in) by eating healthily, rarely drinking, avoiding bread, and drinking a vegetable smoothie made from ingredients including parsley, coriander, and spinach every morning. She also exercises daily and has worn a corset since she was just 18. (Source)