OK. This post has been in my head and written 1,000 times over. I originally took these pictures at a shoot over 2 years ago after having been exposed to the “shocking truth” at a recent “fitness” competition.
Two years ago, I went to hug a competitor and was shocked to feel a rigid structure under her t-shirt. I pretty much gasped as my jaw dropped (I am not good at covering up my opinion btw), and asked her what the heck was under her clothing. She responded, “Don’t you squeem?”. I replied, “SCREAM?” No, “SQUEEM”. She had no problem stripping down and showing me her corset aka “squeem” that was literally binding her waist into something smaller than my 6 year old daughter’s. It seemed almost like an “honour badge.” I don’t know if I had been living in my own bubble for the past 6 years of competing, but it was the first time I had been exposed to this. My mind started racing and of course I kept my opinion to myself….until now that is. Why? Well, I am starting to see the “underground” culture and practice more commonplace. I am seeing posts on Instagram, Facebook and other social media outlets. And the worst thing??? People are commenting in a POSITIVE way?!?!? Young impressionable girls asking where to buy them, how tight and how long to wear them. I even saw a recent post with a male competitor bragging about it. What have we come to? How is a Victorian sexual fetish now turned into a “fitness” list “must-have”? Is hard work in the gym and the kitchen not enough? I guess not. Move over Squats and Sit-Ups…make way for the SQUEEM! I assume this goes along with all of the calf and ab implants, illegal supplements and more. But I digress. Lets get back to this “tightlacing”.
Competitors (some, not all) will wear this plastic, UNCOMFORTABLE ( I ordered one for this photo-shoot), bind for weeks on end (up to 12 or more), some while they sleep, train (cardio and weights), and in the sauna. Their goal is to tighten the corset (there are 3 settings like a bra) as the weeks pass, with the hopes and dreams of creating an “non-existent waist;” the “hourglass” look. But as with all fairytales, there has to be a poison apple….and corset wearing is NO exception. Damaged internal organs, digestive disorders, bruised and broken ribs are just a few of the possible side- effects. But the worst thing in my mind isn’t the fact that you could deform your stomach and liver, its the unrealistic message that these people are sending out to these young, impressionable girls. Are these women mother’s? Would they want this for their daughter? There younger sister??? I am truly appalled and saddened to see this practice evolve.
My goal is to continue to preach HEALTH, FITNESS, STRENGTH, LONGEVITY and BALANCE and quite frankly, corset wearing belongs NO WHERE in these goals. Its time we STOPPED COVERING our eyes to the awful truth that surrounds a large part of the fitness industry. I am starting today to spread the message, dilute the “perfection” of this industry and let people know that you can still BE, LIVE and ENJOY this industry without the negative attributes.
Please share this…maybe you will help that girl who just ordered hers to think twice before making a decision that may change the rest of her life.