The 27-year-old New York resident claims she’s been fascinated by the exaggerated curves of Jessica Rabbit and Storm from the X-Men comics since she was a child.
By the time she reached adulthood, Kelly’s obsession with the impossible aesthetics of these characters was so great that she started to drastically transform her own body through the medium of waist training.
From the age of 20, Kelly has worn a steel boned tight-laced corset on a daily basis to shrink her waist down to a tiny 16 inches.
Kelly explained to a British newspaper that she came to the dramatic conclusion to radically alter her body through a punishing regime because:
Growing up I just loved the exaggeration of styles and the beautiful costumes that comic book characters would wear and that led to the aesthetic that led to tight-lacing. I like that they wore their personalities externally.
While some might turn their noses up at Kelly’s exaggerated comic book look, the 27-year-old fetish model credits it with helping to give her confidence a much needed oomph. She told the press that:
As a little girl I was very shy and I loved the way comic books portrayed the characters. I liked that Batman is actually Bruce Wayne but when he puts on the batsuit it allows him to become this vigilante. He was the same person but the different outfit allowed him to channel a different side of himself.
I’ve always loved how certain pieces of garments gave you permission to let out certain parts of you. So I think that’s what tight lacing does for me. I wanted to become my own super hero villain.
Unsurprisingly, the fashion student has received some negative reactions about her extreme look, but Kelly claims she isn’t phased by what other people say. She explained:
I get mixed reactions. Some people really love it, some people really hate it, but I always did it for myself – I didn’t really do it for people’s reactions.
People say that it looks unnatural, but I have big bright blue hair – what part of me screams I want to be like everybody else?