In 1999, Cathie Jung, now 86, gained fame for having the world’s tiniest waist, measuring just 15 inches due to her corset. Standing at 5 ft 8 in, her un-corseted waist is 21 inches. Cathie started wearing corsets regularly in her 30s, gradually reducing her waist from 26 inches over time.
She wears a corset 23 hours a day and attributes her good health to the gradual waist reduction. Her interest in Victorian fashion led her to corsets. Cathie’s husband, an orthopaedic surgeon, supports her choice. She describes it as convenient and likens it to “the reverse of pregnancy,” causing no harm to her body.
Cathie doesn’t follow a strict diet but avoids bloating foods and eats smaller, frequent meals. Her friends and strangers have mixed reactions to her waist, but she welcomes the attention. Holding a Guinness World Record has been a positive experience, leading to appearances on TV shows worldwide.