THE GIRL WITH THE “WAIST”

So many rumors, so many misconceptions and interpretations…really…too many to count. All I know is I reject society’s entitlement over my body. I am a fetishist. I am an intersectional feminist. I am a body modifier. I am a tight-lacer.

Not all bodies are the same. Not all tight-lacers are the same. Not everyone wears a corset to waist-train. AND NO those “waist-trainers” your favorite celebs keep pushing DO NOT work. I’m tired of this constant negative narrative that is so far from what the community is.

Learn the WHO,

WHAT,

HOW

AND WHY.

WHY

© Copyright John Willie

CAN YOU BREATHE?

If I couldn’t, I’d be dead.
Didn’t you take biology?

I’ve always had a love for fashion. Especially extreme fashion. The way it changed one’s silhouette through the manipulation of fabric and thread. But it always felt like more than love. But I didn’t have a word to describe the emotion that it invoked in me. It wasn’t until later that I learned about Fetishism by stumbling around the interwebs. That’s when things started to fall into place. Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier were my favorite runways to watch. It wasn’t just fashion, it was theater. Like all things you love, you desire more information. More content. Just more. Through researching Alexander McQueen, I found Mr.Pearl. He looked unreal. I’ve never seen a man with an extreme hour-glass figure. 18-inch Waistline. I wanted to know how but most of all why. Why did he pursue this modification. What did it mean to him. At the same time I was heavily into body-modifications and expressing myself in general. Through further research, I learned about Fakir Musafar, Kathie Jung and Ethal Granger. It’s as if my interests kept intersecting, I learned about the deadly women of John Willie and Eric Stanton. I was fascinated with their extreme silhouettes that matched their femme fatale sensibility. I wanted to be part of this world. Part of this club. I wanted to see if I had the discipline to dedicate myself to this practice that encompassed my love of fashion, fetish and body modification.

WHO

WHO INSPIRED ME?

The media will have you believe that my goal was to become Jessica Rabbit. False. She is one of my many muses for sure but it’s an array of people, inspiration and culture that inspired me to tight-lace. I started tight-lacing in hopes that I can be part of this world. These people and characters have been a constant inspiration throughout my youth and today. I would like to introduce you to them.

MR. PEARL

MR. PEARL

“My work is not about being fashionable. I do not follow fashion at all. I’m interested in an ideal, a kind of expression of elegance, which really has nothing to do with fashion.”
FAKIR MUSAFAR

FAKIR MUSAFAR

“By using your body, modifying your body, you can go into [different] states of consciousness and discover the true nature of life and yourself.”
ETHAL GRANGER

ETHAL GRANGER

The DEFINITION OF BAD ASS.

Guinness Book of World Records

a 13-inch waist.

CORA KORSETT

CORA KORSETT

“If you enjoy crawling, contact me.”
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

“I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.”
THIERRY MUGLER

THIERRY MUGLER

“The potential of your body is endless.”
Gabriel Moginot

Gabriel Moginot

One of Mr.Pearl’s protégé.

His silhouette is as entrancing as his work.

“You’re a rock star fuck everyone else.”

KATHIE JUNG

KATHIE JUNG

LIVING LEGEND.

Guinness Book of World Records

a 15-inch waist.

JOHN WILLIE

JOHN WILLIE

“Bizarre. The magazine for pleasant optimists who frown on convention. The magazine of fashions and fantasies fantastic! Innumerable journals deal with ideas for the majority. Must all sheeplike follow in their wake? Bizarre is for those who have the courage of their own convictions. Conservative? —Old fashioned? —Not by any means!”
ERIC STANTON

ERIC STANTON

Eric Stanton (1926-1999) has been called “the Rembrandt of Pulp-Culture” and it’s not hard to see why—he is perhaps the brightest star of his genre. Stanton’s imagery is either an empowerment of female sexuality or a caricature of female-domination fantasy—depending on whom you ask.—but there is no doubt that in Stanton’s world, women rule the land.
GENE BILBREW

GENE BILBREW

A cartoonist and fetish artist and was among the most prolific illustrators of sexually oriented pulp fiction book covers featuring FEMDOM. In addition to signing his work with his own name, he drew under a range of pseudonyms, including ENEG (“Gene” spelled backwards), Van Rod, and Bondy.
JESSICA RABBIT

JESSICA RABBIT

“I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.”

WHAT

What is tight-lacing? Is it the same thing as waist-training? Below I shared some links to some of the most well-respected members of the community known for their research, personal experience and highly regarded opinion. I should note that the content on this site is provided for information and sometimes entertainment purposes, and it is not intended as medical advice, nor does it replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified medical physician. The information herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any ailment.

LUCY’S

CORSETRY

THE LINGERIE ADDICT

POP

ANTIQUE

WHERE

Where have I purchased my corsets? All my corsets have been custom due to my unique measurements. I am 5″ Tall & Curvy so Off-The-Rack Corsets won’t accommodate my shape. I should note that I purchased my first custom from Purple Passion by a corsetiere that is no longer working.

Vengeance Designs

Designer

Lydia Vengeance

New Jersey

www.VengeanceDesigns.com

LOVESICK CORRECTIVE APPAREL

Designer

Andrea Johnson

Montreal, Canada

www.lovesickcorrectiveapparel.com

SIN

&

SATIN

Designer

Jasmine Ines

New York, NY

www.sinandsatin.com

PURPLE

PASSION

211 W 20th Street

New York, NY 10011

(212)807-0486

www.PurplePassion.com

HOW

After I’m asked “Does it hurt?” and/or “Can you breathe?” I’m usually asked how can you tight-lace and/or waist-train? Here are my favorite informative links with REAL and ACCURATE information from experts in this subject. There is so much sensationalization and crossing of wires when it comes to info. I hope these help clear up a few misconceptions! Again, I am not a doctor so you should always ask your doctor if it’s safe for you to waist-train/tight-lace. They are information compiled by experts on the subject but should not be taken as medical advice. Happy Lacing!