Fashion Myths – Rib Removal

img_corset011This is an oft-repeated fashion myth that has been around for decades. However, there is no evidence that even one woman ever had a single rib surgically removed in the name of vanity. Although theoretically possible, chest operations are still high-risk and would have been even more hazardous in the 19th and early 20th centuries when this myth is usually associated with wasp-waisted women. A more modern rumour circulated for years about Cher having┬áhad ribs removed. Although Cher admits to having been under the cosmetic surgeon’s knife several times in her life, when it comes to her waist – she’s just thin.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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4 Responses to Fashion Myths – Rib Removal

  1. Maija says:

    Now there’s at least one confirmed case of rib removal surgery performed only to make the waist smaller: Pixee Fox.

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