After 5 Years ‘Giraffe Woman’ Finally Decides to Remove The Rings From Her Neck

Published on 04/05/2020
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This woman uses a coil to wrap around her neck for years and when she finally takes them off, the results are truly unbelievable. What does she look like? Why does she do this in the first place? How do they manage to use them for such a long time? Read them more to see what these neck coils did to her body! 

Why They Use It

Anthropologists have come across several reasons why people wear these coils. One of them was to make this tribe’s women look less attractive which served as their protection from slavery. Another reason says the opposite.

Why They Use It

Why They Use It

For Beauty

Both men and women wear these neck coils in some cultures. In most cases, it is common for women to use them, but men also use them. The coils are often seen as beauty symbols. Your neck will appear longer than normal after wearing them. This was not because your neck was stretched, but because it will push your collarbone down.

For Beauty

Beliefs

They believed that using the coils and stretching their neck would make them look more attractive. In other words, slender necks are more appealing and using these things could accomplish that. This kind of body modification is apparently special within the tribe.

Beliefs

The Dangers And Risks

Naturally, people are concerned about the safety of doing such kinds of practice. If this is the first time you’ve heard of this, you’d think this might look dangerous. But rest assured, this is a safe practice because it doesn’t really stretch the neck.

The Dangers And Risks

The Dangers And Risks

Cultural

Using these coils push the collar bone down and compress the ribs. This could be risky as this becomes longer to use. The Kayan women, who also use this practice, said they’re wearing these necklaces because it’s part of their cultural identity already.

Cultural

Lifelong Goal

Sydney V. Smith, a 28-year-old girl who wants to become a “giraffe woman”, is trying to extend her neck by wearing 11 copper rings over the last three years.

Lifelong Goal

The Motivation

Sydney was inspired by this form of body modification because she was influenced by the Thailand and Burma tribal people. “I have always had a long neck,” said Sydney. “They called me ‘giraffe girl’ in middle school. Then I saw pictures of the long-necked tribes in Thailand and in National Geographic in Burma and I was fascinated by them.”

The Motivation

Experimenting

After being inspired by the pictures of the long-necked tribes in Thailand and Burma, she decided to try it by cutting the coat hangers and wrapping them around her neck while she was asleep. Even her parents think this is absolutely insane, but she’s always determined to do it because she always hoped that this kind of practice would motivate her to make her neck longer.

 

Experimenting

Attachment

Sydney’s neck was longer than other people but not in a freaky way. She’s trying to reconsider whether she really wanted to wear the rings and be called the “long neck girl.” But after some time thinking about it, she realized that she was already attached to the rings.

 

Attachment

Slow And Steady

Even if Sydney is not a member of the Kayan tribe, she has chosen to do this on her own. Unfortunately, this seems harder for her since she began this practice during her maturation period.

Slow And Steady

Slow And Steady

The Beginning

Sydney genuinely liked using the coils because she likes to exert pressure on her neck and shoulders. She was searching for comfort and excitement, and this was where to look. In 2011, she started wearing a tight-fitting copper necklace that suits her needs

The Beginning

Adjusting To The Rings

At her present age, her body doesn’t seem to grow anymore. She decided to do this slowly, and she added more rings when she got used to it. After slowly taking this move, she had 10 rings around her neck!

Adjusting To The Rings

Shy Girl

Sydney was shy of showing off her neck rings to others. One time she lived in Maryland, she wore heavy turtleneck sweaters just to cover them up. She also worked behind the scenes to prevent any unnecessary attention.

 

Shy Girl

The Mastermind

Her rings were made by her friend. They also soldered around her neck, but this features a special screw so it can be removed in case of medical emergencies. Yet she wants them to be permanently attached to her.

 

The Mastermind

The Risks

Sydney says it was done safely during the process of using the rings around her neck. But she was burned a bit, too. She thinks her neck is about 10-11 inches long right now and she’s grateful for the rings she used!

 

The Risks

A Worldwide Sensation

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A Worldwide Sensation

A Worldwide Sensation

In The Media

After hearing her story, it didn’t take long before it spread. It’s quite amazing that it was a really unique thing she chose to do, and not something people would do simply because it’s part of their culture. That’s why it attracted the attention of the media.

In The Media

A Comic Book Character

Not a lot of people can claim they have an inspired comic book hero. We’re not sure if Sydney has a superpower but if she really had to, we bet she could stand in for Elastigirl or Plastic Man. She certainly caught a lot of attention, at any rate!

A Comic Book Character

A Comic Book Character

Making Progress

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see what she meant by a “Progress” caption on this photo. The coils have grown from the first few days and this is now changing her body.

Making Progress

Making Progress

Too Heavy

The coils on her neck end up being so heavy that Sydney had no choice but to take them off. She had already coiled 15 rings around her neck at the time, and weighed 5 pounds!

Too Heavy

Too Heavy

Not Worth It

We know this may not sound intense. But the truth is when you wear it 24/7, this really is tiring. Which it may sound like torture to others.

Not Worth It

Medical Issues

Dr. Jonathan Nissanoff, an orthopedic surgeon from Southern California, said he did not encourage anyone to do these activities because this could severely damage the neck’s nerves. He added that her age is already mature, and doing so will actually stretch her skin but not her neck.

 

Medical Issues

Not Giving Up

This does not stop Sydney from doing it despite these warnings. Even after hearing the warning from the doctors, she considered adding the 12th Ring. She also dreamed of making money for her looks. “I want to work as a specialty model but it wasn’t my original intention to manipulate myself,” she said. “It seems to be my calling, though”

 

Not Giving Up

Health First

Someday the coils would damage her body and she will have no choice but to take them off. Sydney’s health came first, so she’s not going to endanger her safety so her life just because of the ring experiment.

Health First

They Dominated Her Life

Sydney explained the reason why she takes the uncomfortable coils off her neck during one of the most recent interviews she had. She said that “I could not work properly as a long neck woman in the United States of America with fifteen rings around my neck.”

They Dominated Her Life

They Dominated Her Life

Her Life Changed

We know that keeping the tight coils wrapped around her neck for a long period of time was difficult for her! She might notice some things she’d taken for granted before.

Her Life Changed

All About The Rings

People may in some way feel intrigued and curious about the accessories. Five years later, however, she started getting tired of answering their questions. The rings have also left her feeling isolated.

All About The Rings

All About The Rings

Where Did Sydney Go

“It was no longer about Sydney but about the rings. I tried to stick my neck out to make it work but after a while, logic kicked in, “she said.

Where Did Sydney Go

Freedom At Last

After five years of wearing them, she decided it was time for her to take them off. She knew it simply aren’t worth the effort as the coils made her life uncomfortable.

Freedom At Last

Freedom At Last

Not Practical

She tried to explain that: “Unless you’re willing to isolate yourself completely and you’re a baby with a trust fund and don’t even have to leave the house, don’t even have to move, then maybe you can pull this off.”

Not Practical

Still The Giraffe Woman

She still sees herself as the “Giraffe Woman,” even though she has already taken off the coil. Although in some ways this changed her appearance, she doesn’t seem to regret what she’d done in the past.

Still The Giraffe Woman

Still The Giraffe Woman

It Took A Toll

Sydney got serious bruises in the region of the collarbone, but it’s not surprising because she used the coils for five years! She seems lucky it was just bruising, even the risk of using them is much greater than a bruise alone.

It Took A Toll

In A Lot Of Pain

She also said her neck was “very thin, sort of like arms on a toothpick.” A good picture won’t be conjured up by the description itself. At least we know what the consequences of doing so are going to be.

In A Lot Of Pain

Trying To Recover

Although though she suffered from bruises and pain, the doctors told her that the healing was going better than they expected it would be.

Trying To Recover

Trying To Recover

Not The Only One

Recently, she was not the only one who had done such drastic things to enhance their appearance and transform their bodies. Continue reading to see people who went for extreme operations to look like their favorite celebrities.

Not The Only One

Romario Dos Santos Alves

In the past, the Amazing Hulk has been portrayed by a variety of stars but our favorite person would be Lou Ferrigno to take on this mission. However, Romario Dos Santos tried to give it a shot. This Brazilian man wanted to look like the comic book superhero so with the help of painkillers, alcohol, and Synthol he expanded his biceps to 25 inches.

Romario Dos Santos Alves

Romario Dos Santos Alves

Almost The Hulk

This was not a good decision and his health was even damaged. He almost had to amputate both arms and even then tried to end his life. They had to cut the Synthol rocks he applied to his arm. He has sworn off drugs since then and is now working hard to become a professional bodybuilder.

Almost The Hulk

Nadya Suleman

Even before she got plastic surgery, Nadya Suleman was already famous. She was known as “Octomom.” In January 2009 she gave birth to a set of Octuplets. nAt one point, people began noticing her resemblance to Angelina Jolie. Having heard this, people believe that by getting collagen injections and rhinoplasty, she would achieve it.

Nadya Suleman

Nadya Suleman

Octomom

They said she looked more like the actress, but her post-surgery photos tell the opposite. She said, “I never even thought of Angelina Jolie except the last time I witnessed a film. That was, I think, like years ago. This is so far from where I’m at right now, to think of any celebrities.”

Octomom

Justin Jedlica

Justin Jedlica from New York spent almost a quarter of a million dollars just to look like Ken, the doll! He had to go through at least 190 procedures to accomplish his goals. He didn’t do this to have a successful career in modeling as he and his husband, after all, own a business in Chicago.

Justin Jedlica

Justin Jedlica

Real-Life Ken

Some of the procedures he received were calf implants, chest implants, rhinoplasty, gluteoplasty, thigh implants, lip augmentations, biceps implants, cheek augmentations, brow shaving, brow lifts, and shoulder implants. He felt unhappy about his looks at the age of seventeen. This was the beginning of his obsession with plastic surgery. Only four days after he celebrated his eighteenth birthday, he got his very first one.

Real-Life Ken

Mikki Jay

It’s not a secret that the late King of Pop has a bunch of plastic surgeries over the years. In fact, the attention they took almost overshadowed his musical abilities. A British woman named Mikki Jay is one of his biggest fans. Thousands of dollars were spent on chin implants, cheek implants, and rhinoplasty.

Mikki Jay

Mikki Jay

Michael Who?

She’s been through all these things to look like her idol! It’s good to hear that she’s got a voice to go with her looks, too. She began performing as one of the most popular Michael Jackson impersonators out there in 1992. She also performed herself for the music icon!

Michael Who?

Crystal U

It’s not shocking to hear that a lot of plastic surgery clients are asking for the way Britney Spears looks. In the MTV show “I Want A Famous Face”, an office worker named Crystal U just tried to look like the pop star. She spent around $25k to deal with the nose, fat grafts, lip injections, and breast implants. She hoped that doing such stuff would help her fulfill her dream of being a stripper or an Anaheim Angels Strike Force. We don’t know if any of these has come true, however. We wish for her success!

Crystal U

Crystal U

Claire Leeson

Claire Leeson was bullied when she was still in school. Despite going through two suicide attempts, she found comfort by watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Her friends told her she looked a lot like Kim Kardashian, so she spent more than $30,000 to make it happened.

Claire Leeson

Claire Leeson

Not Quite Kim

Thanks to the rising prices of plastic surgery, debt collectors had been on her heels. She chose to work as an impersonator and to go on television shows to pay for the procedures. Recently, she admitted her regrets about getting the procedures and even dislikes the comparisons with the reality show star. Attacks online made things harder for her.

Not Quite Kim

Toby Sheldon

Toby Sheldon is a German musician who, after his dreams of becoming a pop star, decided to relocate to LA. He wanted to be just like his idol, Justin Bieber. He was so obsessed with the Biebs that he had spent more than $100k looking just like him! He found fame by appearing on television shows such as The Doctors, Botched and My Strange Addiction. Sadly, when the 35-year-old devoured a cocktail of sleeping aids, Xanax, Valium, and alcohol, they found his dead body. The reason may be the fact that he just broke up a few days before his tragic death with his boyfriend.

Toby Sheldon

Toby Sheldon

Tiffany Taylor

Ivanka Trump was modeling for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Sassoon Jeans, and Versace. In addition, she has also appeared in AskMen and Maxim Hot 100. An oil and gas consultant named Tiffany Taylor probably thought if she looked like the first daughter, she would improve her self-esteem. That is why she paid $60k for two nose jobs, an eyelift, a mini facelift, and two breast increases. Despite all these, the Texan mother of three has no plans to stop just yet.

Tiffany Taylor

Tiffany Taylor

Donna Marie Trego

Donna Marie Trego has worked in clubs featuring Boyzone and Angie Brown. She was in admiration of Lady Gaga, and she decided it was time to change the course of her career. Even though she spent $60,000 on plastic surgery, this South Wales native paid even more money to re-create the classic Gaga outfits and hire dancers for live shows.

Donna Marie Trego

Donna Marie Trego

Donna Gaga

She has performed at a variety of events in Europe, including GlastonBudget, a major tribute concert in the city. Finally, in 2014, she got the opportunity to encounter the Mother Monster herself. She was really struck by Donna Marie’s dedication!

Donna Gaga

Nileen Namita

Nefertiti is probably one of the most well-recognized queens ever seen in history. During the past, this historical figure was used on numerous movies and television shows. Nileen Namita has always believed she was the Egyptian queen’s reincarnation.

Nileen Namita

Nileen Namita

Queen Nileen

During her early twenties, she sought counseling and wanted to focus on looking like Nefertiti too. Since 1987, she has been spending about $100k on 51 procedures. She’s had 5 eye surgeries, 6 mini facelifts, and 8 nose jobs. She has got her three children’s approval and we bet she can have more surgery in the future sometime.

Queen Nileen

Matt And Mike Schlepp

Michael and Matt Schlepp are twin brothers that have went to North Canyon High School in Phoenix, Arizona. They were Brad Pitt’s huge fans and appeared on the actor’s MTV show I Want A Famous Face where they tried to look like the actor’s doppelgangers. For $20k, they both got chin implants and nose jobs.

Matt And Mike Schlepp

Matt And Mike Schlepp

Pitt Twins

Michael had jaw and cheek implants on top of them, too. Sadly, they didn’t get a lot of good remarks because some people felt the results didn’t look like a star. An online poll found that they look more like Steven Cojocaru, who is famous for Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood.

Pitt Twins

Kitty

Kitty was raised in Houston. She was completely in love with Jennifer Lawrence! After the birth of her daughter, she gained some weight, so she wanted to go all-in to look like the winner of the Academy Award. She enlisted Dr. Franklin Rose from the First Surgical Hospital and obtained liposuction, rhinoplasty and breast enlargement. Nightline recorded the method and highlighted it! And though she liked the end result a lot, it turns out that her boyfriend, Eric, isn’t a big fan of the actress and didn’t really approve of the surgery she had. In the end, he valued her decision.

Kitty

Kitty

Jordan James Parke

Jordan James Parke was a regular man who worked as a makeup artist. His life changed when he began to get hooked on Keeping Up With The Kardashians and felt fascinated with Kim K. He started having various treatments to look more like her! Among other items, he had eyebrow tattooing, laser hair removal, and other lip-filling procedures. In his search to be Kim K, he invested more than $150k! Nonetheless, he also does not want to slow down. Though he gets a lot of long stares in person and a lot of negative comments online, he wants to use this as a motivation to be a better person.

Jordan James Parke

Jordan James Parke

Xiaoqing

Xiaoqing was 21 years old when she tried to undergo plastic surgery look like Jessica Alba. It was in 2010 that the Chinese woman started her transformation by wearing a blonde wig over her dark hair after her boyfriend gave her a wig and asked her to wear it often. Their split was the turning point for her transformation. She had the surgery to look more like her in an effort to win him back! However, it turned out her ex had an obsession with the singer. He reportedly had pictures of the actress on his walls and had a number of photos on his computer.

Xiaoqing

Xiaoqing

Jocelyn Wildenstein

We have another lady, who changed her appearance dramatically in order to satisfy her man. Jocelyn Wildenstein did not want to be like a famous person, as opposed to other entries in the series. No, this Swiss-born woman wants to be like a cat! That’s what it cost her millions of dollars. She wanted her then-husband, Alec Wildenstein, happy. As a fan of large jungle cats and a private reserve owner for Africa, she thought that if she looked more feline he’d like to her again. Unfortunately, since they already have a divorce, it was a disaster.

Jocelyn Wildenstein

Jocelyn Wildenstein

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson had a dream and it was about looking like David Beckham’s. To accomplish his goal, he shelled out $26 million in government benefits. He proceed with tanning injections, strengthening of the teeth, and filling of cheeks and chin.

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Biggest Fan

Had he thought that looking like the athlete would give him more luck with the ladies, or help improve his soccer field skills? We really do not know. But Jack Johnson said, “I’m happy to look like David Beckham.” We’re glad it worked out for him!

Biggest Fan

Carolyn Anderson

These two women might share their last name, but Carolyn Anderson still wanted to have something else in common with Pamela Anderson. She spent $40k on dressing like the star. She also paid $40k on her Botox, breast implants, hair extensions, teeth whitening, teeth straightening, skin peels, false tans, and beauty spot tattoos over the course of more than 14 years to appear more like the star. She has proclaimed that after spending yet another $160k on a wardrobe that can compete with the Baywatch star, she now feels “better than the original.” We know it’s a lot of money but it’s worth it all.

Carolyn Anderson

Carolyn Anderson

Rodrigo Alves

Rodrigo Alves decided to go on a mission to get the perfect body and face. He has had more than 10 nose jobs, silicone breast implants, calf shaping, laser liposuction, eight-pack abdominal implants, eyeball plastic surgery, and even a butt lift. He has performed so much plastic surgery that medical professionals have argued that his body can no longer take more procedures. Alves said he was “100 percent happy with his looks,” the bust doctors told him to get therapy for his body’s dysphoric disorder.

Rodrigo Alves

Rodrigo Alves

Sarah Burge

Sarah Burge lived through the terrible ordeal of being beaten up and then left for dead. It’s a good thing that she’s survived, even though she ended up having an obsession with looking like a Barbie doll. She was addicted to having different operations after the incident.

Sarah Burge

Sarah Burge

Human Barbie

More importantly, in her quest, she has spent more than half a million pounds looks like a living, breathing doll. In fact, this beautician and housewife has undergone more than a hundred procedures to make her dreams come true. She has undergone liposuction, facial laser procedures, and breast surgery, among others. The last one involved taking out her nipples!

Human Barbie

Valeria Lukyanova And Olga Oleynik

For a long time Valeria Lukyanova had a dream of looking the way Barbie looks. She has a lot of quite drastic measures in place to make this a reality. She spent thousands of bucks to do just that. On this voyage, she is not alone. She and Olga Oleynik have begun their online friendship, and they share the same odd obsession. Its makeovers served as the anchor of their relationship for these two. The two lookalikes from Barbie originate from Odesa, Ukraine. They succeeded in attracting clients for their spirituality lectures, with the help of their looks. When they became internet sensations their business boomed!

Valeria Lukyanova And Olga Oleynik

Valeria Lukyanova And Olga Oleynik

Herbert Chavez

It’s a bird. No, It’s a plane… It’s a man who has spent thousands of bucks looking like Superman! Herbert Chávez is a Philippine dressmaker who transformed himself into Superman or Clark Kent for a decade. The operation on the cleft chin already cost him thousands of dollars. The story goes he has been obsessed with the character of a comic book since he was five years old. Indeed he even holds the world record for Superman’s largest merch and memorabilia collection. Chavez said he already had 19 procedures but has no plans to stop soon: “When my body says it can no longer endure it, or when my doctor says my body can’t handle it because of its age, then I’ll stop it.”

Herbert Chavez

Herbert Chavez

Guerra

Guerra is also known as Venus D’Lite. He’s best known for RuPaul’s Drag Race starring. This drag queen often impersonates Madonna’s pop legend, but he was not content to just wear wigs and makeup to look like her. He decided to take it a notch and was spending $175k on the surgery! He’s said he’s passionate about looking like Pop Queen. His fixation is now an addiction that borders. He got brow surgery, cheek implants and a filling of the jaw. It’s been a while since his face was “touched for the very first time,” after 19 procedures.

Guerra

Guerra

Gavin Paslow

This is a 39-year-old security guard who has chosen to impersonate a very unusual figure: Satan! He spent thousands of bucks trying to look to himself as the devil. He has had a lot of procedures to give himself horns, fangs, and a forked tongue. The horns come upon his forehead with two Teflon implants. He has also changed his name from Gavin Paslow to Diablo Delenfer, meaning “devil from the inferno.” He also has 29 tattoos throughout his body and wears green contact lenses. He also likes wearing a frilly shirt, and a long tailcoat. Let’s not forget the procedure of getting pointy ears. He’s clarified he’s not a satanist, he’s just addicted to body mods.

Gavin Paslow

Gavin Paslow

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