By Amanda Stringfellow @amanda_l_s
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Videographer / Director: Bahareh Hosseini
Producer: Amanda Stringfellow, Chloe Browne
Editor: Sonia Estal
In a bid to achieve the world’s smallest waist the 20-year-old fetish model squeezes herself into rib-crushing corsets for up to six hours a day.
Romanie’s waist is now 18 inches in a corset but she hopes to break the world record of 15 inches through waist training.
In the past eighteen months she has shrunk her natural waist by three inches – from 25 to 22 inches without the corset.
Romanie wears a corset for up to six hours four times a week, but hopes to increase this – despite sometimes experiencing pain when the garment crushes into her ribs.
Rather than following the likes of the Kardashians, who are well-known fans of waist training,
Romanie is inspired by pins ups from the 40s and 50s and aims to recreate their ‘classy’ hourglass stature.
She said: “I would love to shrink my waist to a 17 maybe a 16 maybe a 15 - I don’t really know just go with it and see what happens.
“I have quite a big rib cage so it sticks out further and I can feel my ribs bending a little bit - but other than that the corsets are really comfortable.
“Back in the day everyone wore them, everyone had a womanly figure all jeans were high waisted - so the women’s waists back then were smaller.”
The size six model, from Essex, uses the tight corsets to create a sexy hourglass figure.
And for Romanie, corseting is all about creating a vintage pin-up look.
“Women in this era don’t have that shape any more,” she explains.
“I love the look of Marilyn Monroe and I often get told I look like her.
“I know Kim Kardashian is waist training now and a lot of people are copying her but I’m not really into that look.”
Romanie currently owns seven corsets made of steel, leather and latex - which she uses to cinch in her waist to 18-inches.
But she admits the curvaceous shape comes with a price – as she can often feel uncomfortable in her tight corset.
She said: “Sometimes, if you are out and about it is kind of like getting a stomach ache.
“You don’t want to be there, you want to go home, but you power on through it in a way because you made a decision to wear the corset so you go through with it - it’s what you have got to do.”
Romanie is fully aware of how damaging the cinching technique can be and is determined to limit her corseting to what she feels is safe.
Romanie said: “Wearing a corset 24 hours a day all the time does tend to damage your ribs, it can bring them in, it can snap ribs, cause bruising and damage the bottom of your lungs.
“They are the problems that you can find if you are corseting to extremes and doing it too much - it is not advised that you do it like that."
Romanie’s friends and family are supportive of her decision to go into fetish modeling and mum, Susannah Smith, 45, often helps out with the blonde model’s hair on shoots.
Susannah, a web-designer, said: “I am very proud of her. It’s enabled her to come out of her shell and give her a lot of life experience.
“Most people on the whole are really positive about Romanie’s look and her work.
“There have been the occasional times where people have been negative, it’s been people saying
‘oh that’s not natural or she looks too thin’.
“It is mad, years ago they used to do it and it wasn’t natural then but it’s just a look and it’s a look that she carries well and one that she has to do for her career.”
And Romanie has also experienced criticism online.
Romanie said: “I guess because you don’t see many people wearing corsets anymore so people are kind of shocked when you are wearing one.
“I have had a few people criticise me on social media sites where people can hide behind a computer.
“I have had a few people say, ‘oh that’s disgusting, it’s unnatural’.Someone even said I must be starving myself.
“They say that I look anorexic or I look weird but I am a small person I am not big so it doesn’t make any difference.
"I just am small – and I eat like a horse.
“This is my body and I don’t care what anybody else has to say.”