Would You Wear A Corset? They're Apparently Making a Comeback
In the ongoing quest for the "perfect body," women have turned to a new--actually make that very, very old--mode of transformation: corsetry According to the New York Times, girdles--or fajas as they're called in Spanish--have been making a comeback in Latino communities in New York, particularly in Queens, for the past five years. “There is a Spanish saying, you want to look ‘like a Coke bottle,’ ” Lilliana Rios, 33, of ThingsLatinosLoveorHate.com, told the paper. “A lot of Spanish songs talk about women with shapes like a guitar, so that’s the curved look that Latina women want.” And that's precisely what they're going for when they squeeze themselves into a faja, which NYT says are so tight they "can force the air out of your lungs," and cause organ-shifting. They come in all sorts of iterations from waist cinching girdles to full body suits, and range in price from $20 to over $70, depending on fabric.