Curvy Aleira Avendano achieved an eye-watering 20in tiny waist – wearing a corset 23 hours a day.
The busty model has been wearing the waist-shrinking garment for the last six years and even refers to it as her second skin.
And despite doctors’ warnings that the corset poses serious health risks, Aleira continues to turn heads with her extreme shape.
Aleira, from Caracas, Venezuela, says, ‘I am completely obsessed with belts and corsets – I even sleep with them on. I love the feeling of pressure and only take it off for an hour a day to rest and to wash myself.’
The 25-year-old model began waist training while still in her teens and now with her enhanced 34DD breasts she draws stares wherever she goes.
‘People stop what they’re doing and stare – everywhere I go I get attention,’ says Aleira. ‘People shout at me in the street – they can’t believe that my figure is real.
‘But wearing a corset took some getting used to – at first it was terrible and uncomfortable. After a while it became a necessity and when I’m not wearing it my skin would itch.’
Aleira explains that she is now totally used to her corset. ‘It’s not pain – it’s more pleasure, I like the pressure,’ she says. ‘I don’t feel a thing, it doesn’t bother me at all.’
But Aleira’s doctor fears that her stringent regime could lead to complications later on in life.
‘In my medical opinion she should stop this immediately,’ says Dr Andrés Ruiz. ‘Thank God she has not done any damage so far but she should stop before it’s too late. It happens because the floating ribs at the bottom of the rib cage are easier to mould – it’s definitely possible to achieve this waist without surgery.’
Along with the waist training, Aleira tries to keep her hourglass shape by eating right and dieting.
‘I only eat very small portions, mainly egg whites, pineapple, lots of fruit and a little bit of meat – I have a very balanced diet,’ she explains. ‘I do crunches, weights and whatever I can to stay in shape.’
But a strict corset regime and a healthy lifestyle can only go so far in gaining a cartoon-like body.
‘I have to admit that I have had some surgery,’ says Aleira. ‘I’ve had my nose done and my breasts three times. I’ve also had buttock implants and some liposuction.’
Unsurprisingly she draws both adulation and criticism whenever she hits the streets of Caracas in Venezuela – with people even comparing her to an alien.
‘They say that I’ve had too much surgery, that I don’t have ribs and that I’m a man,’ confides Aleira. ‘It is totally false – people even say that I am an extraterrestrial and a transsexual.’
But she considers wearing a corset for 23 hours a day a small price to pay for the happiness it brings her.
‘This is the best thing that has happened to me. I would like to be known for my waist, not for having the smallest waist in the world but rather for my waist and my entire body. I also want to be considered sexy.’