Ethel's husband was an idiot! "Ethel’s waist was due to her husband, William Granger, who was obsessed with the idea of a wasp-waisted woman. Vogue Italia explains: She wire a pair of corsets that tied Ethel into 24 inches, a natural waist line. Initially satisfied with wearing a corset only during the day, William convinced her to keep it on at night. Later, Ethel finally achieved a Guinness Book of World Records-worthy 13" waist."