This week’s Botched season finale features a patient named Penny who loves to wear corsets. “It might shift your floating ribs a little bit. It’ll move your organs,” she says. But that’s, like, nothing major.
Waist trainers, the modern day equivalent to the girdle, and before that, the corset, appear to be more of the next step in oppressive women’s wear than an liberating development. But as a new piece at The Fader outlines, they’re empowering if only because of the success of the women who are selling them.
For all we associate them with improbable sex tips, stupidly expensive beauty product recommendations and copious Photoshop, it's taken quite some time for the ladymag to evolve into its current incarnation. For comparison, let's consider this Ladies Home Journal from July 1895.
In the annals of Victorian medical history, few foes receive as much bile as the corset, which physicians claimed contributed to miscarriages, cancer, and slow, crushing deaths. But while there are some health problems that can be linked to corsets, they aren't nearly the instruments of medical terror that they're…
These are by Andrew Kanounov. And while it would obviously require a ton of time, measurements, and money to get one, don't you just wish you could?
"A series of magnets scientifically arranged form minute batteries, recharging the blood with magnetism, without which life cannot exist, furnishing a wonderful remedy for Nervousness, General Debility, Indigestion, Rheumatism and Paralysis, the effect being exhilarating to the Wearer." [Vintage_Ads]
- "With so many magazine images that are so completely retouched, we've gone in the opposite direction, showing the soul of a woman." That's artist Francois-Marie Banier, on this Diane von Furstenberg ad starring Natalia Vodianova. Which makes us wonder, if that is the "opposite direction" of the retouching trend, we…