I trained my 24-inch waist with a corset, trolls say I look dumb but I’m not, and I take ‘plastic’ as a compliment

I trained my 24-inch waist with a corset, trolls say I look dumb but I’m not, and I take ‘plastic’ as a compliment

DESPITE never going under the knife, being called plastic is a compliment for one wannabe Barbie.

The woman worked hard to get her unusually tiny waist ­– wearing a shaping corset for the past four years – and she flaunts it as much as possible.

A wannabe Barbie has achieved her dream waist by using a corset trainer to slim down
A wannabe Barbie has achieved her dream waist by using a corset trainer to slim downCredit: Lopie Mybach
She tailors all her shirts so that they are cinched on the sides to accentuate her figure
She tailors all her shirts so that they are cinched on the sides to accentuate her figureCredit: Lopie Mybach

Lopie Mybach doesn’t look like your average 18-year-old girl.

Thanks to her unnaturally cinched waist, she looks more like those plastic dolls we played with as children – and it’s intentional.

Her fascination with a snatched waist began at the ripe age of 11, after she came across the famous Russian model dubbed the human barbie, Valeria Lukyanova.

Speaking exclusively to The U.S. Sun, Mybach explained: “When I was in middle school, I was about 11, I saw her. She was like a living doll thing, and I thought ‘Wow this girl is awesome.’”

Three years later, at 14, Lopie was inspired to get the look herself and bought her first corset.

“I was always really tall, and when I was younger, I had always been super thin. But then I gained a bunch of weight, and I soon realized that was not good for me.”

She strapped on a $100 corset and began to diet and exercise, thinking about the Russian barbie along the way.

“I wore the corset every day for a few months,” she said, noting that she was in online school at the time and would wear it during all her classes.

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“I wouldn’t sleep in it though.”

She noticed a major change in those first few months, and those who saw her daily did too.

“My mom noticed of course. And because I was so young, at the beginning she would ask, ‘Are you sure you should be wearing that?’”

According to experts, corset training is not recommended for anyone under 18.

Still, to enhance the results, Lopie began a calorie deficit diet, aiming to eat healthy foods only, and rode her bike everywhere she went for exercise.

After achieving her goal shape, she stopped wearing the waist-shrinking corset so frequently – and now four years later, she’s only at around an hour a day, a few times a week for maintenance.

“And when I want to look nice, there’s another kind that I wear under clothes, and it makes me look super snatched,” she said.

She wore that one under her homecoming dress.

Lopie is confident about her body and said the perks that come with it are ones she’s always dreamed of.

“Once I got to the point where I looked at myself and was like, ‘This is what I’ve always wanted,’ I was really happy.

“I was wearing crop tops and low-rise jeans. I loved grabbing things off the rack and leaving a store without trying it on because I’d just look at the mannequin and know it would fit.

“That all made me feel so great about myself.”

Still, with a size 24 waist that she loves to flaunt, she often needs to alter her tops.

“I got a sewing machine and I learned how to sew from YouTube and TikTok, so now I sew the sides of my shirts and dresses so that they show off my waist,” she said.

Inside of nearly every one of her tops, you’ll find thread lines from where she’s sewn so that it clings tightly to her waist and outlines her shape.

Her go-to bottoms are low-rise jeans, and she noted that she’d never be caught dead in high-waisted pants.

Lopie said you'll likely never catch her in anything high-rise, as it would hide her figure
Lopie said you’ll likely never catch her in anything high-rise, as it would hide her figureCredit: Lopie Mybach

“Those make you look like a box,” she said.

To show off her body even more, she began posting on TikTok, where she goes by @thesnatchedfactory – and has since racked up a following of nearly 100,000 users.

“I posted a before and after video and it kind of blew up.

“I had under 100 followers before, and then people started following me and were asking, ‘What did you do?’”

That’s when she got the idea to start her own corset business, also called Snatched Factory, where she sells options ranging from $40 to $75.

While many people online have expressed their desire to imitate her process with the corset, she’s also encountered her fair share of trolls.

“A lot of people call me stupid or dumb, saying I prioritize the look of corsets over intelligence,” she said.

“People say I do it for the male gaze, which I don’t.”

Her favorite kind of critique? “Some people say that I look plastic, that I look like I got surgery, that I look like a Barbie doll. And I’m like, ‘Thank you.’ That’s not a bad thing.”

Still, she insists surgery isn’t in the cards for her, as the pain involved makes her nervous.

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Lopie is happy with the figure she has built for herself, labeling herself skinny with a tiny waist, rather than curvy.

According to the experts at Healthline.com, aside from discomfort, waist trainers pose some pretty serious health risks, including difficulty breathing, a weakened core, and GI problems.

Before using the corset to shape her waist, she said she had 'gained a lot of weight'
Before using the corset to shape her waist, she said she had ‘gained a lot of weight’Credit: Lopie Mybach
Today she is a size 24 and is happy with how far she's come
Today she is a size 24 and is happy with how far she’s comeCredit: Lopie Mybach

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Dani Grande

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