Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wasp-Waisted Sharp-Shooter

This intriguing lady was likely a performer at a Wild West show or circus sideshow during the Victorian era. Her role was probably something ala Annie Oakley-- sharp shooting for sure. This photo is striking for that reason but also because the woman has a very small waist that is accentuated by very tight corsetry. Photos of women with "wasp waists" are not as common as one would think, even though corsetry was the style of the time. Even with a corset, it takes a woman with a certain shape to end up looking like Dita Von Teese when she puts on a corset. Due to the rarity of wasp waist images, I've seen them fetch upwards of $100 on eBay.

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