PHOTOS: Meet The ‘Giraffe Lady’ With 11-Inch-Long Neck

6 years ago by: Abidex Samuel
-- (m) at 20-03-2014 12:06PM (6 years ago)

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A 28-year-old Los Angeles resident, Sydney V.Smith who wants to become a ‘giraffe woman’ is trying to extend her neck by encasing it in 11 copper rings.

Sydney V.Smith
According to Sydney, she'd always had a long neck and was called 'giraffe girl' in middle school and then she became fascinated with long necks after she pictures of long-necked tribes in Thailand and Burma in National Geographic. So she started wrapping cut-up coat hangers around her neck when she went to bed and before long she noticed her neck was longer  and she stopped for a while.
After years of contemplating the possibilities, Smith put her neck on the line and had a tight-fitting necklace made with copper about three years ago and she kept adding an extra ring when needed. She wore turtleneck sweaters to hide her neck rings and also worked restaurant jobs behind the scenes so she wouldn't get unwanted attention.
A friend of Sydney's customized the rings and soldered them around her neck.
Sydney estimates the rings have stretched her neck to 10 to 11 inches long and is contemplating whether to add a 12th ring.
However, Dr. Jonathan Nissanoff, a Southern California orthopedic surgeon said Sydney's extended neck carries health risks and he doesn't recommend anyone doing this. "It could injure nerves in the neck," he said.