Photography And Half-Thoughts By Mitchell Hegman

...because some of it is pretty and some of it is not.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Waist

Last night, I watched a program featuring Cathie Jung.  She holds the record for having the smallest waist in the world (for an otherwise normal-sized woman).  She stands 5 foot 6 inches tall.  Her waist measures 15 inches—the same size as a jar of mayonnaise.  According to, her measurements are 39-15-39. 
Cathie “created” her waist by wearing corsets 24 hours a day and gradually drawing them tighter.  Over the course of years she had smaller and smaller corsets custom made so she could force herself down to and ever-smaller waist size.  In the process, her internal organs have shifted to accommodate the change.
Posted are a couple photographs I gathered of Cathie.  Honestly, when I see Cathie all I can think about are those long circus balloons clowns twist into wiener dogs.

--Mitchell Hegman


  1. That's similar to Chinese women in the old days agreeing to or even finding it beautiful to bind their feet. Obviously vanity or even "beauty" can assume the most unhealthy and grotesque forms.

  2. I thought about all of that as I watched the program featuring Cathie. I considered writing all of that in the blog, too. In the end, I decided to let the images of Cathie speak.