The product is called the YIANNA Women’s Latex Sport Girdle Waist Training Corset Waist Shaper. It’s a mouthful, yes, because it doesn’t want to leave any of its desirable characteristics out of its name. But isn’t it surprising that in 2016 a girdle — whether it’s called a “sport girdle” or not — is the fourth-bestselling clothing item at Amazon? People go to museums to marvel at the bondage women used to pack themselves into in centuries past, strolling in their comfortable jeans and t-shirts passed corsets that cinched 19th century women’s waists so tight that many think that’s why fainting used to be so common. (No one faints anymore; it was once a semi-regular occurrence.)
But the Spanx compression revolution has sparked a desire in many women to pinch themselves in — and the YIANNA “waist training” corset is dutifully constructed for the job. The product has received nearly 2,400 reviews, many of them full of praise.