waist-world record set by Cathie Jung
25] OLD MYSTIC, NC, US--Cathie Jung have the Smallest Waist On A
Living Person- just 15 inches. Cathie Jung's waist is about the
same size as a regular jar of mayonnaise.
Cathie Jung: the Queen of corsets
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Jung's astonishing midriff is not a result of malnutrition or disorder.
Rather, her 39-15-39 figure is a product of spending the last 25
years laced into tight corsets, which are removed, only when Cathie
showers. Only when the weather is unbearably hot, the corset is
taken off for a short while.
She's been wearing a corset every day for the past
12 years, and she now wears one 24 hours a day. "I probably have
around 100 of them," says the corset queen.
She is the mother of three children and married
to Bob, an orthopedic surgeon. Cathie Jung's unfathomably dainty
waist of 15 inches, is unique.
"The first time I ever wore a custom-made corset
was on my wedding day in 1959, when I was 22. I always liked corsets.
When I watched films like Gone With The Wind and Seven Brides For
Seven Brothers I just loved the women's figures," The Sun quoted
her, as saying.
"Later, my husband and I developed an interest
in Victorian clothing. When I was 45 I decided to start doing 'tight
lacing' and wearing a corset all the time. My three children were
grown-up so I decided to go for it. I thought it would be a good
way to feel elegant and sexy," she added.
Cathie, from Manteo, North Carolina, feels that while
her corsets confine her waist they don't act as an obstruction in
her daily chores. "I do everything that I want to do. I eat fairly
small meals but I prefer that at my age anyway. I find it tricky
sitting in low chairs and sometimes in restaurants I have to sit
on the high chairs at the bar," she said.
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"I even have a special swimming costume with a corset sewn in it,
so I can still go to the beach. And I am still able to do housework
- unfortunately!" she added.
Cathie said that her husband Bob, who is an orthopaedic
surgeon, believes that her unique look is not harmful at all. "Bob
has carried out X-rays on me and says the corset actually helps
support my spine. Everything in the midriff is flexible," she said.
Cathie revealed that she spends between 100-500 pounds
on each handmade corset and owns more than 100. "My husband made
a cast of my body, so my favourite corset-makers in England and
Amsterdam have patterns of my measurements," she said.
Several times Cathie and Bob flew to Tokyo
in Japan for guest appearances on Japanese TV. In the U.S.A. and
Western Europe they were also guests in TV shows.
possible, they visit every year the ball organized by the LGM. (Les
Gracieuses Modernes). LGM is a community of persons who are fond
of the elegant and feminine figure of ladies with tiny waists.
Cathie Jung's corseted form has appeared on the pages
of Life Magazine and the New York Times Style section. One of the
photos shows Cathie in her sterling silver corset cover worn over
a lavish black gown. She has donned it for the annual Metropolitan
Museum of Art's Costume Institute party for the opening of its Versace
The Jung's like fishing and with their boat "The Bobcat"
they make a lot of nice fishing trips.