are waisting away.
something even more surprising ó waist training.
search of hourglass shapes are foregoing personal comfort and
donning supertight, corset-like devices that supposedly
whittle their midsections with lasting results.
numerous reports that they can bruise internal organs or cause
breathing problems, many wearers keep waist trainers on 24/7
ó even while exercising and sleeping. The claim is that the
practice of waist training ó in extreme cases referred to as
tightlacing ó enhances weight loss by suppressing wearersí
appetites and encouraging perspiration.
nothing new about corsets, except maybe all the hot colors and
innovative fabrics they come in these days. But the
19th-century undergarment and its mid-20th-century
counterpart, the girdle ó which I thought had gone the way
of garter belts and bouffant wigs ó have resurfaced in a big
Khloe Kardashian posted a selfie wearing one and exclaiming,
"I love my waist trainer from @premadonna87!!!! Miss @blacchyna
has me obsessed!!! Who doesnít love to feel tight and
right?!? ?? #whatsawaist #waistgang #Fitness #GetItRight."
be outdone, big sister Kim Kardashian West posted a gym selfie
wearing a purple one last month on Instagram.
Jessica Alba reportedly told Net-A-Porter magazine that she
credits the double corsets she wore following the births of
her two children for getting her tiny waist back.
very uncomfortable," said Carmena Ayo Davies, a
Philadelphia-based public-relations guru, whose clients
include PNK Elephant, an online story and party fashion
accessory boutique in Philadelphia. But "the look it
gives you when you have them on, itís absolutely
definitely accentuate your curves. Itís very popular now in
the urban world."
Diaz, of Deptford, N.J., was a casino waitress when she
started BounceBackBeauty.com a year ago to sell what the site
calls "waist binders," "booty lifter
shorts" and similar products.
would actually stop me and say, ĎWhat do you do?í"
recalled Diaz, who wore her waist trainer during her
eight-hour work shifts. "You sweat underneath. Itís
something you need to get used to."
but in the age of Spanx, why would you? Besides, wasnít the
womenís movement about burning bras and letting go of things
that constrict us?
is that something thatís becoming the Ďití thing to
do?" asked Orit Avishai, a sociology professor at Fordham
University. "Itís going in the wrong direction."
experiment, I squeezed into a bright fuchsia waist cincher
sent to me by HourglassAngel.com. It wasnít easy. It took me
a few tries over a couple of days to get all of the hooks
closed, but eventually I did.
around the newsroom with it over my shirt, it wasnít as
uncomfortable as I had imagined. Then a reporter who sits
nearby called out, "Look at how small your waist
she was right.
waistline was downright tiny in that thing.
but what I really wanted was to have the same look without
having to be constricted.
to Cherry Hill-based cosmetic surgeon Dr. Steven Davis for his
thoughts about waist trainers. His answer surprised me.
think thereís something to it," he said. "It does
actually work, because you are losing water weight. Itís
like getting a body wrap. The problem is, the results are
Davis also pointed out that there could be some muscular
benefits from waist training on a regular basis.
are training your core to get stronger," Davis explained,
likening it to how experts instruct you to hold your stomach
in while doing plank exercises. "A lot of people wear
things like that, because you are training your transverse
abdominus muscles to stay in that position."
continued, "I think that there probably is some validity
to the whole process. But I donít know how long it would
take for that to happen."
thatís some good news for glamour girls willing to adopt the
Nguyen, owner of Luxe Nails on Girard Avenue, doesnít
exercise much. As she approaches 30, she feels her body
changing, and not in a good way.
cincher "is something that seemed to be easy, that I
could incorporate into my lifestyle," she said.
watches what she eats, and she drinks lots of water. She also
wears her "waist trainer" regularly, especially when
she has a big event coming up.
me she thinks that her waist is about 2 inches smaller than it
was a year ago when she got her first trainer.
you get used to it, itís nothing," she said.