Having a sexy body is what most women dream of. But Kelly Lee Dekay went to great lengths to achieve her dream waistline, which was smaller than the norm.
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Using a tight-laced corset, the fetish model was able to achieve a very small 16-inch waistline.
The super voluptuous bodies of Jessica Rabbit and Marvel’s X-Men heroine Storm inspired the 27-year old New Yorker to begin waist-training seven years ago.
Kelly, a fashion designer, explains, “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 think it’s interesting how fabric and thread can just easily manipulate the body to do such an extreme silhouette though.”
Growing up, Kelly was a tomboy and shy. She says that corset training has helped her to overcome that.
She says, “As a little girl, I was very shy and I loved the way comic books portrayed the characters.”
Kelly explained that she likes how Bruce Wayne is actually Batman. She continued, “He was the same person but the different outfit allowed him to channel a different side of himself. I’ve always loved how certain pieces of garments gave you permission to let out certain parts of you. So I think that’s what tight lacing does for me, I wanted to become my own super hero villain.”
But waist training is not easy.
Kelly has difficulty doing tasks like lifting heavy objects with her corset on.
“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.”
But despite the physical restrictions and a lot of backlash online, it didn’t deter Kelly.
She just ignores people’s adverse reaction because she says, she’s doing it for herself and not for them.
“I love modifying and it’s often mistaken that modification is being a means of not loving yourself but I modify because I can, because it’s fun.
“People say that it looks unnatural, but I have big bright blue hair—what part of me screams that I want to be like everybody else?” she closes.