COMM: Michele Koebke has shrunk her waist to a tiny 54 centimetres by wearing a corset
everyday for 3 years. Michele: Three years ago my waist was 64cm, today it’s 54cm. It’s reduced by 10cm, as
you can see when I show the original size. COMM: And the 24-year-old plans to go even further, to match her idol, Cathie Jung, whose
34 centimetre waist is the smallest in the world. Michele: It embraces me and gives me the pretty, deformed waist. It feels nice and smooth.
It’s unique. COMM: Michele has gradually laced herself into smaller and smaller corsets, which she
wears constantly, even when sleeping. Michele: My life hasn’t changed, just slowed down a little. Now my movement is more feminine. COMM: Unsurprisingly, years of squeezing herself have had a negative impact on Michele’s health. Michele: Right now I’m a little breathless. Changing corsets is like a high-performance
sport for me. COMM: Her muscles are so weak, that she struggles to stand up without a corset, and her stomach
is so constricted, that Michele can’t manage a normal sized breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Instead, she has to eat up to 10 small meals a day. Today, she’s paying a visit to her doctor to see the extent of the damage to her body. Michele: I am to afraid of the result; I don’t feel any pain. I guess it would be painful
if there were problems. COMM: The examination reveals that Michele’s having digestion problems. Her stomach is
not only constricted, it has also been slowly forced out of its normal horizontal position. Tests also show her breathing is not as strong as it should be for a woman of her age. Doctor: In time it won’t be possible to move without the corset, or in the worst case,
it won’t be possible to move in general. Michele: I’m not scared buy the results because I already knew the score. COMM: Michele is certainly no stranger to stares and gasps from passers by when she’s
out in public. Man: Honestly, it’s not beautiful. It looks painful and the waist is too small. Man: Awesome! I’m an old guy but I have never seen something like this in my like. I like
it! COMM: But people are not always negative towards Michele. One of the places she’s found thousands
of supporters is on YouTube, where Michele regularly uploads videos of herself. Michele: I’m happy about every single comment. They’re mostly positive, so I’m very proud
of it. Of course, there are still negative reactions and questions like, “Are you still
able to breathe and eat?” But that’s normal and mainly the reactions are positive. COMM: Michele is determined to continue her quest to have a tiny waist, despite the threat
to her health. Michele: I absolutely want to achieve 38cm.