Kelly Lee Dekay, the Woman with a 16-inch Waist

It’s no stretch to say that Kelly Lee Dekay, a model went to extreme lengths to get an  astonishing waist line. Continued use of a corset for seven years and extreme dieting slimmed Dekay’s waist down to a tiny 16 inches. That’s just one inch shy of Cathie Jung, who holds the current Guinness world record for smallest waist.
Dekay, 27, says she was a tomboy growing up, but decided to accentuate her curves as a way to emulate her favorite female comic book characters, like Storm in X-men. “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. I like that they wore their personalities externally. I do understand their measurements can’t ever possibly be achieved because they would break,” she said.  As striking as Dekay’s figure is, there are many risks involved.
Dekay admits wearing a corset makes it difficult for her to climb stairs or lift heavy objects, but she has worn it during other physical activities.
“I actually did hiking in my corset and that’s very dangerous. I also played softball in a corset once, that was an interesting feeling, but I don’t go to the gym in my corset that’s really dangerous because I do weight lifting. But if I do want to do something extreme, I don’t limit myself. If I have to be out of my corset, then I’m out of it,” she said.
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