"Giraffe Woman" Spent Five Years Stretching Her Neck With Rings.
Everyone has their own quirks and obsessions. Some of us like video games. Others are obsessed with sports. Maybe shopping is your thing and you can’t stop spending until you max out your credit cards. Thankfully, most of us can keep our little obsessions in check. But the same can’t be said for everyone on the planet. Case in point, there’s a woman from Los Angeles, California, named Sydney Smith. She’s known as the Giraffe Woman because she wants a long neck like they have. But while we would never tell anyone not to be who they want to be, people tend to go a bit overboard. But did she?
Sydney Smith carries a giraffe shaped purse around, but that’s not why they call her Giraffe Woman.
Smith was taught to be pretty much anyone she wanted to be. But they had no idea that she wanted to become a giraffe. And yet, that’s exactly what she set out to become. But it wasn’t going to be a simple journey.
Giraffes are known for having spots and one of the longest necks in the entire animal kingdom.
With their long necks, giraffes are able to find food in those hard to reach places like a towering tree. But humans don’t have necks this length, so achieving this neck stretching technique was going to be a challenge. But Smith is not the first woman to achieve this.
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The women of Kayan in Southeast Asia are total pros when it comes to neck stretching techniques.
They’ve been using brass coils to stretch their necks for a long time. It’s a beauty trend in this region that some girls start when they’re young. In the end, they’ll wind up with some seriously long necks. And that’s exactly what Smith set out to do.
When she was 25, Smith decided the best way to pay tribute to giraffes is to become just like them.
So, she started stretching her neck, which wasn’t a very easy thing to do. For starters, she had to have the rings custom made just for her. Over time, she added one ring and then another to push her collarbone down.
The transformation process took five years and, in that time, she managed to stack up to 15 rings.
The rings might seem light weight, but they’re not. Combined, the rings weighed 5 pounds which undoubtedly put a lot of strain on her neck. Smith had underestimated how much of a toll this process would take on her.
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