Woman Hopes to Shrink 16-Inch Waist to Earn World Record

By: The Huffington Post Email
By: The Huffington Post Email

(The Huffington Post) - Want the world's smallest waist? It's a cinch!

Michele Koebke has worn corsets for three years to shrink her 25-inch (64 cm) waist to a mere 21-inches (54 cm), Barcroft TV reports.

The 24-year-old from Germany told The Huffington Post in an interview that she only takes her corset off to shower -- she even sleeps in it.

"I started binding at the end of 2009," Koebke said. "I can bind [my waist] down to 41 cm (16 in). I want to get to 38 cm (14.9 in)."

If she succeeds, she'd have out-shrunk the current Guinness World Record holder, Cathie Jung, whose waist is a minuscule 15 in.

But extreme corseting affects more than Koebke's outward appearance.

Because she cannot stomach normal-sized meals, she must eat ten tiny meals per day, according to Barcroft. She also suffers shortness of breath and has difficulty supporting herself without a corset.

That won't stop her, though. She told HuffPost she doesn't experience pain, and is set on trying to break the world record.

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