Vogue Italia revealed that the inspiration for their September cover (and subsequent editorial) came from Ethel Granger (1905-1982), who holds the record for the world's smallest waist: a mind blowing 13 inches. Ethel corseted her waist and pierced her face and ears for her husband and for her love of avant-garde fashion (you have to remember that ear piercing wasn't even common in the 1950s). Thankfully, no one has beat Ethel's Guinness Book record yet.

Here's to hoping there was post-production photoshop work done to Stella's waist!

These images of Ethel make me feel sick yo.
Этель Грангер (Ethel Granger) - женщина с самой тонкой в мире талией
Looks like Meisel stuck a little planking action in for you.
Vogue Italia September
Stella Tennant photographed by Steven Meisel