• Mon, Feb 6 2012

Meet Ioana Spangenberg, The Model With A Shocking 20-Inch Waist

Photo: The Sun

We see photos of thin models digitally manipulated to look even thinner all the time, so we were pretty skeptical of The Sun’s claims about thirty-year-old Romanian model Ioana Spangenberg. The tabloid says Ioana is “5ft 6ins and weighs just six stone (84 lbs.) — and while her hips are 32ins, her waist is only five inches bigger than a CD.”

While it’s easy to change a photo, we were a little more compelled by this video of Ioana traipsing around in a micro-mini:

“No one seems to believe it,” says Ioana, “But every day I eat three big meals and I snack on chocolate and crisps all the time. I just have a small stomach. It’s a bit like having a natural gastric band — if I eat too much, I feel sick.”

Ioana doesn’t appear to have landed any modeling work other than Youtube videos and shoots for The Sun… though it’s within the realm of possibility that her extreme measurements end up appealing to the increasingly extreme inclinations of the fashion industry (coming to mind is this recent Italian Vogue cover starring Stella Tennant with a 13-inch waist). It may seem unlikely but Ioana could very well pull a hat trick and end up in some outre Steven Klein couture shoot.

Then again, The Sun is a tabloid and if this turns out to be a hoax or the work of a merciless corset, no one should look too shocked.

(The Sun, HuffPo)

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  • Emily W.

    There is no way she is not wearing a corset – no matter how thin someone is, the waist to hip proportions of this woman are impossible without the help of a corset.

  • thau

    I am not usually easily squicked, but I literally felt sick to my stomach watching this. It’s just horrible. :(

  • Alex

    That makes me feel queasy, thinking about how uncomfortable she must be and how bad it probably is for her organs to be all squished together like that.

  • Sam

    I hope she gets the help she needs and can one day be at peace with her body.

  • Andrea

    Whether it’s a hoax or not, it is definitely NOT attractive. She will never land a real modeling job, unless she’s being used as a gimmick.

  • Nicole

    All I can think of when she walks is General Grievous

    http://rpggamer.org/shippics/generalgrievous.jpg

  • MM

    It’s a corset. You can see here (NSFW) : http://www.minutodigital.com/2012/02/06/ioana-spangenberg-tiene-una-cintura-de-50-centimetros-y-pesa-40-kilos/

    Obviously she is very thin already but nobody is built like that naturally.

  • MSP

    Scary skinny, actually! However, it doesn’t really have to matter if your waist is THAT small, and I wished to have that metabolism @_@

  • Lilac

    The only way this is real and “natural” would be if she has had surgery to remove some of her ribs and take out part of her 30 feet of intestine to make her tummy so flat.

  • So What?

    Utterly freakish. She looks like an extra terrestrial. Typical Eastern European skinny, boney, pale girl. Either they’re really skinny and long, or they look like heavy babushkas.