Britain's thinnest waist: Student Nerina Orton's waist measures a tiny 15.7inches after wearing a corset for 23 hours every day
Student wore her first corset aged fourteen
Owns 78 corsets worth 15,000
Has squeezed 6 inches off her waist in nine years
Only takes her corset off to shower
Is 1in away from breaking the world record of 15inches
Visits the doctor each year to check her spine isn't damaged
18:12 GMT, 8 October 2012
Super slim student Nerina Orton has got the UK's tiniest waist of 15.7 inches, after spending 23 hours a day in a corset.
The 22-year-old is less than an inch away from breaking the world record of 15 inches held by American Cathie Jung.
Nerina, from Birmingham, even sleeps in her corset and takes it off only to shower.
Nerina Orton has the UK's tiniest waist of 15.7 inches and spends 23 hours a day in a corset
The part time burlesque dancer, who started wearing a corset at age 14, is training her waist to squeeze into one measuring 14 inches.
Nerina, who owns an incredible 78 corsets valued at 15,000, said: 'I may never be able to fit into a 14 inch corset but I love wearing them and I would never be without one.
'I’ve managed to take six inches off my waist, but I know that each inch after that can take up to a year to achieve.
Nerina, from Birmingham, was just 14-years-old when she wore her first ever corset
'Wearing a corset makes me feel so feminine and it's a great way for a skinny girl to get some hips.'
As well as eating six small meals a day so she doesn't get bloated, Nerina has x-rays twice a year to make sure her body is coping with the corset.
Nerina, whose waist measures 22 ins without a corset, said: 'When I first started wearing a corset, I would be in agony for days. It hurt like hell and I would end up with scabs on my hips where the corset rubbed.
'Sleeping in the corset was uncomfortable at first. I felt like I had a rod lined up against my back and I couldn't curl up into a ball. Then I had a corset custom made, which was a lot more comfortable and fit my shape better.
'My ribs have moved closer together, so the doctor checks my spine to make sure it hasn't moved out of line or fractured.
'My insides move around a lot too, so the doctor checks that my organs aren't being damaged. I've never had a problem though, apart from feeling a little light-headed.'
But boyfriend of one year Cai Lansdown, who lives with Nerina, worries that she is doing lasting damage to her body.
She said: 'He’s always loosening my corset and saying that if I’m not careful, I’ll cut my liver in half one day.
'But that’s just a myth the Victorians made up.
'There’s no proof that corsets affect your health, so I don’t see why I should stop wearing them.'
Nerina, who is 5 ft 4 ins, first tried on a corset after her mum Gini Greer bought her one as a present when she was 14.
The student is less than one inch away from breaking the world record of 15 inches held by American Cathie Jung
The 22-year-old who owns an incredible 78 corsets valued at 15,000, said: 'I love wearing them and I would never be without one.'
was a bit chubby, so I wanted a corset to make me look slimmer,' said
Nerina, who weighed eight and a half stone and had a 24 ins waist.
Nerina’s body-hang ups meant that she
developed anorexia when she was 16 and her weight plummeted to six
stone, while her waist dropped to 20 ins.
said: 'I thought I looked fat so I started dieting. I survived on
crackers and water most days, but it was exhausting. Every day I came
home and argued with mum because I didn’t want to eat the food she put
on the table.
'One day, I looked in the mirror and realised I looked like a child. It was true, I was wearing age 8–10 children’s clothes. It was a far cry from the hourglass figure of Jessica Rabbit that I desperately wanted.'
Nerina suffered from anorexia for a year before she began eating normally again and gained weight.
Now eight stone, Nerina admits that she is more concerned about her waist than her weight.
Size 8 Nerina said: 'I don't drink alcohol because I'm terrified of bloating.
'It can take up to two hours to lace my corset up, and the last thing I need is a paunch.'
Nerina, who studies Biomedical Sciences at the London Metropolitan University said: 'I love Victorian era clothing and I adore the delicate waists women had back then – they look so womanly.
'People stare all the time but I don't care. I'm used to being the centre of attention.'
The blonde student, pictured at home, only ever takes her corsets off to have a shower