In a world full of “social media queens” and Instagram fitness models with millions of followers, sometimes it’s hard not to get lost in all the vanity and materialism that popular culture brings. Today, it seems that some people will sink to new lows to achieve the perfect body, even if it means putting their own health at risk.
A 27-year-old model from Venezuela is doing just that, and her way of achieving the perfect body includes wearing a corset 23 hours a day.
The model in question is Aleira Avendano. Hailing from Venezuela, this model has undergone over 25 plastic surgeries while maintaining a strict diet to achieve the “perfect look.”
Her latest attempt at achieving her dream body involved her wearing a Victorian corset for 23 hours a day every day for six months.
Avendano has been attempting to slim down her waist for years now and has been wearing a corset on and off for the past six.
Referring to the corset as her second skin, Avendano has no regrets about what she is doing to her body, despite the fact that doctors warn that waist training with a corset is extremely unhealthy and unsafe.
Wearing corsets can dramatically shift your organs. “It just crams all of your organs together. So over a long period of time, wearing it too much and too frequently, it can cause damage too,” says Atlanta physician Dr. Tasneem Bhatia.
Corsets, or waist trainers, have become increasingly popular over the years. Celebrities like Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, and Amber Rose swear by them.
What these celebrities (and their millions of followers) don’t know is that you cannot spot reduce fat, and that waist trainers are not a sufficiently long-term weight loss solution.
“If you push your stomach in, all the fat will go right back to where it was no matter how long [you wear the corset] for,” says Christopher Ochner, Ph.D., weight loss, and nutrition expert at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Avendano has undergone multiple breast augmentation surgeries. She has also had a nose job, a gastric bypass, a forehead lift, neck elongation, liposuction and three rounds of buttock implants among others.
Avendano even had a surgery to remove her teeth and have them replaced with dentures. “Every woman should have plastic surgery to be truly beautiful,” Avendano told the Daily Mail.
She also says that she loves how she feels when she wears her corset.
“I love the feeling of pressure and I only take it off for an hour a day to rest and to wash myself,” she said.
Avendano also says that people often stare at her on the streets, unable to believe that her figure is real. And considering the fact that she has had over 25 body augmentation surgeries, it is admittedly hard to believe that her body is even remotely close to real.
“I was so ugly at 16 years old. By 20, with six surgeries, I was looking good, but I’m at most most beautiful in this moment at 27,” Avendano said.
Avendano’s desire for fame and beauty did come at a cost. Her lifestyle has rendered her infertile, and doctors say her various rounds of biopolymer injections in her buttocks will one day attack her nervous system.
“Every woman should get plastic surgery in order to look better. It’s only the women who can’t afford it that criticise me,” Avendano says about her critics.
We just hope that Avendano will realize the harm she is doing to her body before it’s too late, and that one day she will take control of her body and her life and start making healthier decisions.