A fetish model in New York City has shrunk her stomach to 16 inches in an effort to achieve an hourglass-shaped body inspired by her favorite comic book characters.
Kelly Lee Dekay, 27, has been using “waist training” for the past 7 years to recreate the extreme shapes of voluptuous Jessica Rabbit and Marvel superheroine “Storm.”
“Growing up I just loved the exaggeration of styles and the beautiful costumes that comic book characters would wear and that led to the aesthetic that led to tight-lacing,” Dekay, who studies fashion, said, according to the Daily Mail. “I like that they wore their personalities externally. I do understand their measurements can't ever possibly be achieved because they would break. I think it's interesting how fabric and thread can just easily manipulate the body to do such an extreme silhouette though.”
(via Daily Mail)
She uses a steel boned tight-laced corset to shrink her waist during some of her physical activities.
“The corset can be restrictive when going up the stairs and you can't carry too many heavy things because you could hurt yourself,” Dekay said. “I actually did hiking in my corset and that's very dangerous.”
She added: “I also played soft ball in a corset once, that was an interesting feeling, but I don't go to the gym in a corset — that's really dangerous because I do weight lifting.”
Dekay does not intend to give it up anytime soon, despite some negative reactions on the Internet.
“I get mixed reactions. Some people really love it, some people really hate it, but I always did it for myself — I didn't really do it for people's reactions,” she said, according to the Daily Mirror. “People say that it looks unnatural, but I have big bright blue hair — what part of me screams that I want to be like everybody else?”