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Beauty Trivia: Cinched waists

June 29, 2010

I went to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in Times Square recently and came out with a whole bag of random beauty trivia (like the one above). Here are some more history on the fashion of cinched waists:

  • Queen Catherine de Medici of France declared that the ideal waist was just 13″! During the 1550’s, she banned thick midriffs from her court and unwittingly launched the corset craze – a gut-crushing trend that would define and confine fashionable women for the next 350 years.
  • A 23-year-old beauty with a tiny waist was the envy of the party — but two days later she inexplicably died. An autopsy revealed 3 broken ribs and a punctured liver. The killer? Her over-tightened corset. In the corset’s heyday, mysterious deaths of fashionable women were sometimes explained by autopsies that revealed stomachs nearly cut in two!

  • Believe it or not…


    5 thoughts on “Beauty Trivia: Cinched waists

    1. Sabrina Siddiqui

      So sad. You’d think knowing this kind of history, labels like Ralph Lauren would refrain from over photo-shopping the waists of their models, especially in this day and age.

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