One woman curled her neck with coils to lengthen it for years. It was an incredible event, especially when seen on the spot. Would you like to know the result of her work? Why did she do this in the beginning? Try to read this to understand why she did this kind of thing to her body.
Why They Use It
Anthropologists said that the people who have curled their neck with coils were trying to prevent servitude. One of their theories was to make the woman less attractive. While others claim the opposite and that they did this kind of stuff to become beautiful.
Some cultures used coils to become an attractive person. Not only for the ladies but also some of the men used it to become appealing. Coils were the sign of beauty and were used to become a good-looking person in their culture. Judged by the results, it was not the neck that stretched out, but it was because their collarbone was strained down.
There was a belief that the coil would make you attractive in their tribe. Having a slimmed neck in their community was very popular against their people. It was special for their society to use coils for their causes.
The Dangers And Risks
Other people thought that this kind of custom would endanger the life of the ones who used the coils. The truth was this tradition wasn’t dangerous at all because the neck wasn’t stretched out. Their practices were safe, to begin with.
They knew that the coils pushed down the collarbone of the person who used it and squeezed their ribs. In the long run, it might get complicated. Kayan women stated that they used these necklaces because it was a part of their belief that link to their identity.
One person who tried to become a “giraffe girl” was Sydney V. Smith. She was a 28-years-old woman who wanted to coil her neck with 11 copper rings for the past three years to slim down her neck like the other people who had this tradition.
Sydney was always fascinated with body modification, specifically the tribal women of Thailand and Burma. “I’ve always had a long neck,” said Sydney. “In middle school, they called me ‘giraffe girl.’ Then I saw pictures of the long-necked tribes in Thailand and Burma in National Geographic, and I became fascinated with them.”
After Sydney saw the pictures of a “giraffe girl” on National Geographic Channel, she tried it on her own. She grabbed and cut the coat hanger to coil it around her neck during bedtime. When her parents saw what she was doing, their first reaction was that their daughter was silly, but she persisted. She thought that doing this before she went to sleep would stretch her neck.
Sydney knew that her neck was different from the others. Her neck was longer than the ordinary person. She thought that with the use of the ring, she would be counted as a “giraffe girl.” After she began to use the ring regularly, she realized that she was fond of using the ring.
Slow And Steady
Even though Sydney was not a part of the Kayan clan, she tried their practices as her own challenge. It was harder for her because her body was already physically mature when she made her choice. The Kayan tribe had done this kind of practice at a young age.
Sydney was happy when she felt the stress on her upper neck and shoulder. She felt excitement and contentment with this practice. In 2011, she was already accustomed to wearing copper rings on her neck. It was that time she decided to change it into a tight copper ring.
Adjusting To The Rings
Sydney realized that she would not grow any longer. She was determined to take it step by step. When she was more accustomed to the rings. She would have added more. Until at some point of the time, she had added ten more rings on her neck.
Sydney felt shy about her rings. She was cautious about wearing it and tried to cover them with a turtleneck sweater. Even when she was working, she always did jobs that were not in the frontline. The reason for this was to avoid people’s attention.
Sydney had a friend who created her rings. With the proper measurement around her neck, her rings were soldered on her neck, and a special screw was placed to remove the rings in case of a medical issue. For Sydney, these rings were irreplaceable.
Sydney admitted that the process of making a ring burned her, but it was done safely by her professional friend. She thought that her neck was 10-11 inches longer than before. She felt glad because of the result when she used the rings.
A Worldwide Sensation
Sydney was featured on Ripley’s Believe it or not; it was the first time that the whole world recognized her. She became a well-known person internationally. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not was a show that demonstrated people with bizarre and unusual features.
In The Media
Sydney’s story was unique and was made for that show. Her bizarre and unusual feature was broadcasted and attracted all kinds of people in the world. She did something that normal people wouldn’t do. She did these kinds of things in the modern era that would not be recognized by the people anymore.
A Comic Book Character
Sydney as compared to different kinds of superheroes like Elastigirl and Plastic Man because of her unusual custom in her life. We knew that ordinary people would not be compared to some superheroes, but Sydney was different. Her reputation was so great that she attracted the whole world.
Sydney had a photo that could describe what happened to her life. She captioned her photos “Progress,” and by the name itself, you did not have to ask what this was about. It was her life since the early copper ring that changed her life and resulted in this kind of attention.
The day had passed, and she felt that the rings were getting heavy. She had to choose whether she would keep it on her neck or take it off so she can relax a bit. She decided that she needed to remove the coil for her health. She wore 15 coils and it weighed around 5 pounds per piece.
Not Worth It
Some of us might have thought that it was not heavy as it looked, but when you wore it 24/7, your body might feel stressed and it might affect your health. The person who wore the copper ring might felt they were undergoing torture.
Dr. Jonathan Nissanoff was a doctor of orthopedic surgery from Southern California and he stated that this kind of practice might affect your health. He said that wearing a coil on the neck can damage your nerves in the neck. He knew that Sydney wasn’t growing any longer. She was forcing her neck to extend that, and this could cause complications even though her neck didn’t stretch any longer.
Not Giving Up
Sydney continued doing her habit of putting a coil on her neck even after the doctor gave her a warning. She wanted to wear another piece of the ring on her neck. She wanted to make a profit on her looks and said, “I’d like to work as a specialty model, but my original extent was not to exploit myself.” She added, “However, it seems to be my calling.”
In time, the coils had finally taken its toll on her body. She was left with no other choice but to remove the tight coils. Health should be her priority, and the coils were not working out for her. She decided that it was not worth it to risk her health and life just to play around with the rings.
They Dominated Her Life
In one of her recent interviews, Sydney mentioned the reasons she finally decided to remove the coils from her neck. Sydney said, “I couldn’t function properly as a long neck woman with fifteen rings around my neck in the United States of America.”
Her Life Changed
It was obvious that having kept the tight coils wrapped around her neck all the time was difficult for Sidney. She, herself, must have started to realize all the things she used to take for granted.
All About The Rings
It could not be helped that the people would be curious upon seeing her accessories. And five years later, she started to feel annoyed by all the questions and curious stares. She also felt isolated.
Where Did Sydney Go
Sydney finally realized a lot of things, and she had mentioned, “It was always about the rings, it wasn’t about Sydney anymore. I tried sticking my neck out to make it work, but logic kicked in after a while.”
Freedom At Last
Despite having worn them for five years, she had decided that it was now the time to remove the coils. She had understood that these were just not worth it. The burden of wearing them made her life incredibly challenging.
In one of her interviews, she explained, “Unless you are willing to isolate yourself completely and you’re a trust fund baby and don’t even need to leave the house, don’t ever need to drive, then maybe you can pull it off.”
Still The Giraffe Woman
She had finally removed the coils, but she still called herself the “Giraffe Woman.” She did not feel regret for her actions in the past even though her decisions made drastic changes in her body.
It Took A Toll
The collarbone area of Sydney started to have severe bruising however, this was to be expected as she had them for five years. And with that amount of time, it would still seem that she was lucky that it was only bruising.
In A Lot Of Pain
She mentioned that her neck was “fragile, kind of like arms on a toothpick.” This description certainly would not invoke the most pleasing images for our imagination. However, we should make note of the consequences of her actions.
Trying To Recover
She was still lucky because despite having suffered from multiple bruises and stiffness, the doctors diagnosed that her recovery was going quicker than they had expected. It seemed like she still had some great news from this situation.
Not The Only One
However, she was not alone. There were also a lot of people who went to extremes to improve how they look and change their bodies. Listed below would be some examples of people who had gotten drastic procedures to look like their favorites.
Romario Dos Santos Alves
A few celebrities had portrayed the Incredible Hulk, and one of our favorites was Lou Ferrigno. And yet, Romario Dos Santos Alves wanted to give it a shot. To look more like the Hulk, the Brazilian man grew his biceps to twenty-five inches with the help of painkillers, alcohol, and Synthol.
Almost The Hulk
Romario Dos Santos Alves realized too late that it was a terrible idea and even had health problems. His arms almost had to be amputated and he attempted to commit suicide. They removed the Synthol rocks from his arms. Ever since he had sworn off drugs and worked hard as a bodybuilder.
Nadya Suleman was famous for giving birth to a set of octuplets last January 2009. As she became more famous, people started to point out her similarities with Angelina Jolie. When she heard this, she decided to take it up a notch and got collagen injections and rhinoplasty.
Octomom explained that she got the procedures to look more like Angelina Jolie, but her post-surgery photos didn’t look like the actress. She mentioned, “I have never even thought of Angelina Jolie, except the last time I saw a movie. I think that was like years ago. This is so far away from the place I’m in right now, to think of any celebrity.”
Justin Jedlica from New York had shelled out around a quarter of a million bucks in order to look like the doll Ken. To achieve this, he had undergone 190 procedures. This wasn’t because he wanted to be a model. Justin and his husband owned a business in Chicago.
Justin Jedlica was unhappy with the way he looked when he was seventeen. This started his obsession to have plastic surgery. Just four days after his eighteenth birthday, he started one of his surgeries. Some of the surgeries he has were biceps implants, brow lifts, brow shaving, calf implants, chest implants, cheek augmentations, gluteoplasty, lip augmentations, rhinoplasty, shoulder implants, and thigh implants.
A British woman named Mikki Jay was a huge fan of the King of Pop even though Michael Jackson himself had gotten a bunch of plastic surgeries. His surgeries almost overshadowed his musical talents. Mikki Jay had spent almost a thousand dollars for cheek implants, chin implants, and rhinoplasty.
Mikki Jay had undergone all of these just to look like the King of Pop. Interestingly, her voice matched her looks. She started to go on tours last 1992 as one of the well-known Michael Jackson impersonators and even performed for the music icon himself.
Multiple surgery clients wanted to look like Britney Spears, and one of them was Crystal U. She shelled out twenty-five thousand dollars to get breast implants, fat grafts, lip injection, and nose jobs. She wished that her efforts would help her to pursue her dreams of becoming a stripper or an Anaheim Angels Strike Force. No one can say for sure if she achieved her dreams, but hopefully, luck would find her way.
Claire Leeson was bullied when she was studying. She had attempted two suicides and found peace watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Her friends compared her with Kim and said that she looked a lot like her. To make the compliments even truer, she spent more than thirty thousand dollars for procedures.
Not Quite Kim
Debt collectors had been on Claire Leeson’s tail because of the inflating prices for surgeries. Because of this, she worked as an impersonator and went on TV shows to help pay her debt. She confessed that she regretted her decision to have the procedures and hates the comparisons she received. Online bullies made things more difficult for her.
Toby Sheldon, a German musician, had relocated to LA to chase after his dreams of being a pop star. He was fixated on being like Justine Bieber that he shelled out more than a hundred thousand dollars in order to look like him. He became a little famous after appearing on Botched, My Strange Addiction, and The Doctors. Unfortunately, the 35-year-old was found dead after drinking a cocktail of sleeping aids, Xanax, Valium, and alcohol. He had just broken up with his boyfriend before his death.
Ivanka Trump modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, Sassoon Jeans and Versace. She even appeared on AskMen and Maxim Hot 100. This must be why Tiffany Taylor, who was an aspiring socialite who worked in the oil and gas business, had been transforming herself to look more like Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of Donald Trump. She spent sixty thousand dollars for two nose jobs, an eyelift, a mini facelift, and two breast augmentations. Despite having already spent so much, the consultant had no plans to stop.
Donna Marie Trego
Donna Marie Trego frequently acted out as Boyzone and Angie Brown in clubs but was captivated by Lady Gaga. She had decided to change courses in her career and had even spent around sixty thousand dollars for plastic surgeries in order to look more like Lady Gaga. The South Wales native also shelled out a lot of money to recreate the wardrobe of Lady Gaga and went so far as to hire dancers for live shows.
Lady Gaga had made an appearance in various events all over Europe, and this included GlastonBudget. It was a huge tribute concert in the area. Lady Gaga and Donna Marie finally had the chance to meet last 2014. Lady Gaga was very impressed with Donna Marie’s dedication.
Nileen Namita had always believed that she was the reincarnation of Queen Nefertiti. Nefertiti was one of the famous queens in history and had been featured in multiple films and TV shows in the past.
Nileen Namita had counseling in her early twenties and somehow decided that she had to look like Nefertiti. The procedures cost around a hundred thousand dollars and had been ongoing since 1987. She had undergone five eye surgeries, six mini facelifts, and eight nose jobs. After having received the stamp of approval from her three kids, she decided to have more surgeries in the future.
Matt And Mike Schlepp
Matt and Michael Schlepp were twins who went to North Canyon High School in Phoenix, Arizona. They both appeared on I Want A Famous Face and being huge fans of Brad Pitt, they spent twenty thousand dollars to become doppelgangers of the actor. The twins had chin implants and nose jobs.
As for Michael Schlepp, he decided to have cheek and jaw implants aside from the chin and nose jobs. They received negative comments from the public, who remarked that they didn’t look like Brad Pitt. Still, instead, they looked like Steven Cojocaru, known for working in Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood.
Kitty, a Houston-native, was obsessed with Jennifer Lawrence. After gaining weight from her pregnancy, she did all she could to look like the actress. She acquired the assistance of Dr. Franklin Rose from the First Surgical Hospital. Some of her procedures included breast augmentation, liposuction, and rhinoplasty. Nightline even covered and featured her journey. She deeply liked her transformation, unlike his husband, who wasn’t a fan of the actress. But in the end, he respected her wife’s decision.
Jordan James Parke
Jordan James Parke, a makeup artist, became obsessed with Kim Kardashian and wanted to look more like her. Some of the operations he had were eyebrow tattooing, laser hair removal, and many lip-filling procedures. He spent over a hundred and fifty thousand dollars on his journey of becoming the male version of Kim K. Despite what the critics are saying; he didn’t plan to stop and used the negative comments as his motivation.
Xiaoqing wanted to look like Jessica Alba, which was why at the age of 21, the Chinese woman got plastic surgery. What sparked her into wanting to transform was because her then-boyfriend was obsessed with the actress and gave her a blonde wig. It was alleged that he had photos of Jessica Alba on his wells and phone. He made her wear it often. After their breakup, she started to have the surgeries in order to win his heart back.
Jocelyn Wildenstein, a Swiss-born socialite, was quite different from the others because instead of a celebrity, she wanted to look like a cat. She thought that by changing her appearance, she would be able to please her then-husband Alec Wildenstein. Alec was a big fan of jungle cats and an owner of a private African reserve, which is why she spent millions of dollars to look more feline. Unfortunately, they still got divorced.
Jack Johnson wanted to look like David Beckham so much that he willingly spent 26,000 dollars of his government benefits for the sake of his dream. He had cheek and chin fillings, tanning injections, and teeth enhancement.
Jack Johnson was one of David Beckham’s biggest fans to the point that he made it his goal to look like the soccer player. Some speculated that Jack thought this would be a lucky charm to have better skills and luck with the ladies. In an interview, Jack said, “I’m happy looking like David Beckham.”
Carolyn Anderson had the same surname as Pamela Anderson, but she also wanted to have more in common with the actress. Carolyn spent 40,000 dollars for beauty spot tattoos, breast implants, Botox, hair extensions, fake tans, skin peels, teeth straightening and teeth whitening in order to look more like Pamela. She declared that she felt better than the original after exhausting 160,000 dollars for her wardrobe. This might sound like a lot of money but for Carolyn, it was all worth it.
Rodrigo Alves made a resolution to get and maintain the perfect body and face. He had over 10 procedures which included butt lift, calf shaping, eight-pack abdominal implants, eyeball plastic surgery, laser liposuction, nose jobs, and silicon chest implants. He had undergone a lot of surgeries that medical professionals advised that his body could no longer withstand additional procedures. Rodrigo claimed that he was happy with how he looks but doctors counseled him to get therapy for his body dysphoric disorder.
Sarah Burge was involved in a terrifying nightmare where she was beaten up and left to be dead. Somehow, she managed to survive the ordeal. She became addicted to getting operations and started to have an obsession to look like a Barbie doll.
She had spent more than half a million quid in her journey to become a human Barbie. She had gone to over a hundred procedures for her dreams. Some of these procedures involved liposuction and facial laser procedures. She even underwent a breast surgery to get her nipples taken out.
Valeria Lukyanova And Olga Oleynik
Valeria Lukyanova And Olga Oleynik became close upon finding out that they share the same obsession of wanting to look like Barbie. Both came from Odesa, Ukraine and had gone through multiple makeovers for the sake of their obsession. Their bond grew deeper because of this and with the help of their looks, they had successfully attracted clients for their lectures on spirituality. Ever since they became internet sensations, their business boomed.
A Filipino dressmaker named Herbert Chavez spent a lot of money to look like Superman. He devoted almost ten years of his life to transforming into Clark Kent or Superman. Just the cleft chin procedure alone cost him thousands of dollars. He explained that he was obsessed with the superhero since he was five years old. He held the world record for the biggest collection of Superman items. Herbert narrated that so far, he already had 19 procedures and still had plans to have more. In an interview, he said, “When my body says it cannot endure it anymore or when my doctor says that my body cannot handle it because of age, then I will stop.”
Guerra, also known as Venus D’Lite, was well-known for starring on RuPaul’s Drag Race. He frequently imitated Madonna but was not content with just wigs and makeup. He decided to take it to the next level and spent 175,000 dollars on surgeries. Due to his passion for wanting to look like the Queen of Pop, he had gotten brow surgery, cheek implants, and a jaw filling. His obsession to impersonate was like an addiction and had gotten 19 procedures in total.
Gavin Paslow, a 39-year-old security guard, chose to impersonate Satan. He exhausted thousands of bucks in order to look the part. He made a lot of preparations to have horns, fangs, and a forked tongue. For the horns, he had two implants on his forehead. He had his name changed to Diablo Delenfer, which translated to “devil from the inferno.” He got 29 tattoos all over his body and wore green contact lenses. Some of his favorite outfits included a frilly shirt and a long tailcoat. He had a procedure to have pointy ears. He made it clear that he was not a Satanist and was just addicted to body modifications.