Mikel Ruffinelli, 39, of Los Angeles, Calif., boasts the worldâs biggest hips â measuring more than eight feet round, according to the World Record Academy.
The mother of four, has to drives a truck as having a weight of more than 400-pound she cannot squeeze into a car; she also needs a reinforced chair at home.
However, the plus-size woman is proud of her curves and even doesnât think of losing weight, even though she often attracts jeers.
âEverywhere I go I get attention for my hips â both good and bad,â Mikel said. âWhen I walk down the street, I can hear the shutters going on camera phones and people laughing at meâŚâ
âSome people assume Iâve had surgery to enhance myâŚhips, but itâs all natural. I think that itâs the result of having four children, but large hips also run in my family.â
Mikel was quite slim in her 20s having a weight of around 180 pounds. But after having her first child Andrew, 18, she put on more than 50 pounds. And after daughters Destynee, 13, Autumn, 8, and Justyce, 7, followed, her weight and hips ballooned further.
“I put it down to my pregnancies,” she said. “I donât see why else the weight would go to my hips, although, I do eat lots.” “Lots” includes nearly 3,000 calories a day.
But despite her size she stands at just 5 feet 4 inches and has a proportionally small 40-inch waist.
“In the past, I was self-conscious about my hips,” Ruffinelli said. “As I got older, I learned to love my body and now Iâm not afraid to show it off.”
âWhen I travel by plane or train I have to buy two seats because I canât fitâŚinto one,â Mikel told reporters.
âIt gets quite expensive. I drive a truck rather than using public transport wherever possible, because itâs big enough to fit all of me in. Going through tight spaces is sometimes a problem for me and I have to go through doorways sideways.â
The woman still enjoys taking part in family activities such as keep-fit routines at home and trips to the park and seaside â where she shows off her 42D breasts in a revealing two-piece costume, reports Fox News.
âFinding clothes to fit my bottom half is a challenge,â she said. âI have my lingerie custom-made by seamstresses.â
Ruffinelli’s husband, Reggie Brooks, and she have been married for 10 years, said, laughing: “She had a sweet disposition about her that really attracted me to her. I like to tell people all the time,Â ‘I have a license to work with heavy equipment.â”
Meanwhile, his wife, who is studying for a psychology degree, confesses that she has a healthy appetite and typically consumes 3,000 calories a day.
âIt sounds like a lot to have 3,000 calories, but for someone my size, itâs not really.â
âI might have a breakfast of two eggs with sausage and bacon and a handful of potatoes. Lunch is fried fish and French fries, but dinnerâs my big meal,â she revealed.
âI like to make barbecue chicken with rice or mash. I have a big portion â but Iâm not greedy. I snack on peanuts, granola bars and crisps.â
However, she admits that she still doesnât want to gain weight: âI donât want to get bigger, but I donât want to lose my curves. I look great. I hope I inspire women to think, “Sheâs happy with her body and I can be too!”‘