What is the 'Corset Challenge' on TikTok? Controversial trend goes viral - Dexerto

What is the ‘Corset Challenge’ on TikTok? Controversial trend goes viral

Published: 25/Apr/2021 23:59

by Charlotte Colombo


The latest TikTok challenge sweeping the app involves tying yourself into a corset. However, despite the challenge’s popularity, it has divided opinion in terms of its safety and messages around body positivity.

With the ‘corsetchallenge’ tag having 241.5 million views, it is clear that this history-inspired trend is one of the most popular challenges on TikTok right now. The challenge itself is incredibly simple, which has led to TikTokers all over the world getting involved and several videos going viral.

The basic premise of the challenge is to wear a corset while lip-syncing to the lyrics from the song ‘Haus of Holbein’ – which is a track from the Tudor-themed musical SIX.



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♬ Haus of Holbein (Sing-A-Long) – SIX

Specifically when lip-syncing the line: “no one wants a waist over nine inches”, TikTokers then tighten the corset and tie it up in time to this lyric.

Why are people saying the Corset Challenge is problematic?

While the Corset Challenge is popular on TikTok right now, it is also causing a lot of controversy. Social media users are claiming that the challenge is problematic for a number of reasons.

One Twitter user said that the challenge sent hypocritical messages out about body positivity:

While another said the challenge was triggering for people with eating disorders:

Other social media users Tweeted that the challenge was fatphobic:

Is the Corset Challenge safe?

Lingerie brand PS8, which sell their own range of corsets, said in their health and safety guide that “wearing a corset for a very extended period of time can result in muscle atrophy and lower-back pain.”


According to a medical expert, other side effects of a too-tight corset range from heartburn and abdominal pain or pressure to colon discomfort and discomfort in the lower abdomen. These experts recommend that you only wear waist training corsets for short periods of time.

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While the corset trend is popular, it is important to remember the risks associated with corsets.

Wearing corsets all day everyday for a long period of time can lead to the chest muscles (the pectoral muscle) becoming weaker, which then leads to greater reliance on corsets. you feel heartburn or pressure, this means that your waist trainer is too tight and it is recommended that you remove it immediately.

There is also the risk of breaking a rib if you wear a too-small corset and cinch it too tight. In order to avoid this, it is important to purchase a corset based on accurate bust and waist measurements.


While taking part in this challenge might be fun, what’s most important is that you participate in it safely!