PHOTOS: The Disturbing Health Consequences of Corsets

If women aren’t horribly uncomfortable, they’re not beautiful — that’s the Victorian way.

Most of us are aware of the inhumanity of corsets, that age-old fashion trend designed to shrink women’s waists to Barbie-esque, but these x-ray images depict the negative health effects of the garments designed to mold the torso into a desired shape.

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The photos come from Le Corset, circa 1908. Dangerous Minds reports that there is some controversy over whether the images are real or simply normal x-rays with corsets painted on afterward.

View the rest of the photos below and judge for yourself.

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