Making media headlines is the interesting tale of Australia’s Penny Brown who has taken to wearing a corset 23 hours every day because in her words she’s into ‘extreme and the more dramatic.’ Which raises the awkward question what’s really going on behind Penny Brown’s fascination with body altering (literally) garments?
In a recent interview the 25 year old Australian who these days lives in Okinawa, Japan told: ‘I’ve always had a small waist, big hips and large boobs but I’m kind of a go-hard-or-go-home sort of person,’
‘I wanted to make that significantly more extreme, more dramatic, more stunning and more wonderful.’
Big boobs, small waist, big hips? Is this Penny Brown’s idea of morphing into an ideal body image even if she literally has to manhandle herself to get there?
Added Brown: ‘I’ve been obsessed with Jessica Rabbit from a really early age,’
‘I think she is incredibly sexy and there’s a real power and strength to her character. I’ve always wanted to copy that –- at five I was already thinking about breast implants.’
Which raises the interesting question does a woman derive her power by her appearances and if so what type of appearance ought she be gearing herself up to? Which is to ask what’s going to get her attention and feeling good about herself?
Besides wearing a corset to tighten her waist, Penny Brown also tells how since 2012 she has had 2 breast augmentation surgeries to boost her already ample breast size from H to a smidgen 0. But it seems that wasn’t just quite enough as Penny Brown is now planning for a third operation.
Brown tells she first came to wearing a corset back in 2012 when she decided to send her husband who at the time was deployed with the US Air Force some ‘sexy’ images.
It wasn’t long before Penny Brown took a liking to what she saw and decided to make the corset a more permanent fixture.
During the first four months, she only took off her corset to shower, and admits it wasn’t easy.
‘It was tough at first,’ she told ‘The corset is not a magical tool that will make your waist tiny in a few months. It really was hard work and dedication on my part.’
Brown lost 15 inches off her waist, partially because the restrictive nature of the corset forced some dietary changes.
‘I stuck to little meals, and also things that incorporate liquid into the food — like smoothies,‘ she said, according to HuffPost UK. ‘One thing that was difficult was not being able to eat my favorite spicy foods –- because they would wreak havoc on my stomach when it was restricted in the corset.‘
Since her tightening transformation, Brown has become something of a corset-cult celebrity, and fetish model.
That said the decision to almost permanently wear a corset comes with degrees of health risks and dire consequences, which might explain why and how women left corsets behind in the Victorian era wearing corsets was part of the common vernacular for a society gal.
Jyotindra Shah, a NY bariatric surgeon tells that long-term use of a corset can bruise internal organs, damage skin and restrict breathing.
Then there’s the potential that the lack of oxygenation may also result in something called metabolic syndrome, which can actually result in weight gain.
Told Shah via huffpo: ‘Putting this corset tight on the body could bruise your skin,’
‘People might put it so tight that the liver, spleen and kidneys could get bruised.’
Warnings that Penny Brown casts aside.
Offered Brown in a recent interview via reveal.co.uk: ‘I haven’t experienced any ill effects and as far as I know, my organs haven’t moved,’
‘The human body is amazing. There are only a few organs that can’t be moved, and they tend to be protected by bones. The stomach is an incredibly resilient thing and it can withstand being squashed.’
Before going on to add, hinting that she is only too well aware that she might in the end be risking more than what she’s bargained for: ‘Some people say I’m destroying my body and it doesn’t look natural. But my appearance is for me and I love the way I look. If other people like it, and a lot of people do, that’s all good, but I don’t care what other people think – this is for me.
‘Looking like Jessica Rabbit makes me feel like I could take on the world.’