We all are obsessed with one thing or the other that could be going for shopping over and again, sports addiction or video games. You name it, there is someone out there obsessed with something in the world. Most of the people are just not that crazy to go after achieving their obsessions in real but there are some people who would go to achieve whatever they aspire for and it does not how strange or odd that might be.
Same went with Giraffe Woman Sydney who spent five years in effort to elongate her neck like giraffes. The effects on her neck are astonishing both mentally and physically.
How Giraffe Woman Began Her Journey
There is always some text needed along with pictures. Sydney who is known as giraffe woman because she has obsession with giraffes to a crazy level and she decided to pay a tribute to these beautiful animals by having the same elongated neck they do have.
She tried to elongate her neck what we would not for many reasons, and it is not as easy as it sounds Sydney had to see through the transformation the time and physical difficulty it required to achieve.
Many Would Ask ‘Seriously! She loves Giraffes to That Extent’
To some extent many would think why should that be believed that if someone posts a picture with stuffed giraffe means she has weird obsession. Well, that’s not actually a stuffed giraffe but her purse that she carries around all the time with her. She never goes out without that purse, so basically it is due to give her credit that she loves them to the best of her abilities as she said in an interview, “I never go anywhere without my giraffe purse.”
She Start Putting Rings Around Her Neck
She also put a few rings on her neck as she thought the best way to accept her inner giraffe lady would be to try get the same long neck that her spirit animal giraffes have. The process was not an easy ride and she went on a totally wild journey of her life. She was surprised that her neck start growing long out of those rings, so she would continuously keep adding more rings as her neck grew and stretched.
The Core of Inspiration Was From An Other World
In the meanwhile, the reason to get a long neck cleared out and it turns out that Giraffes are not the only reasons Sydney wanted to have a long neck for she was also inspired by the Kayan people of South East Asia who put rings around their necks as a part of tribal tradition. The girls of Kayan Lahwi tribe start wearing those rings from the tender age of five and would keep adding more rings as they continue to age.
Why Do Lahwi Woman Do That?
There are few reasons that make the expert believe why these tribes wear coils around their necks for all their lives. One clear reason might be these coils make tribeswomen look less attractive so that the men from other tribes would not care to enslave them. Contrarily, these coils would also make them attractive to their own tribesmen as women with slender necks appear more attractive.
Isn’t it Quite A Dangerous Method?
It obviously is very dangerous specially to those who have not thought of it in the light of reasoning on the contrary to what these tribesmen think. Medically, these rings keep pushing down the collar bone and compressing the rib cage. The Kayan women who wear it say, “It is their cultural identity and they don’t feel odd about it.”
However, our giraffe lady Sydney went to take the same challenge these Kayan women take traditionally, which was not the easiest as she was already grown up 25 and her body had bloomed to its fullest already. Her body would not obviously grow any more. She started off slowly but in the mean time she was also adding more rings to get the craved neck stretching to a level where there would be no more stretching possible.
Sydney Became A Sensationally Known Giraffe Woman Across The Sea of Internet
When her story became part of the comic book series “Ripley’s Believe it Or Not” that strives to bring weirdest stories from around the world to their readers. Sydney’s story was definitely for that. It was when she was received immense applause and attention from all corners of the world.
Giraffe Lady Comic Book Character
It does not happen very often that you get to see your own comic book character named after you except you are from Uranus. But she has that and now we doubt she might possess some uncommon super powers as well. With or without super powers she is widely known now.
‘Progress’ was the caption she used for defining this picture and the reason is clear from this picture why as her neck rings seen clearly grown and the length could be seen a bit. It all has her physique changed quite a bit. But it is also clear that there would be a time when she would have to take off those coils forever.
There Came A Time When She Could Not Hold All That
After passage of time, the rings around her neck felt very heavy and Sydney’s neck felt too heavy for her to deal with. So she decided to wear only 15 rings that weighed 5 pounds in total. It was easy to start but it was challenging physically. Let alone the social implication of them. It seems as if 5 pounds is not a big deal, imagine it is worn around the neck 24 hours a day, it would not be less than a torture.
The Rings Began To Rule Her Life
According to her interview published at dailymail, she said: “I couldn’t function properly as a long neck woman with fifteen rings around my neck in the United States of America.”
At times certain things in our life would not sound daunting as we take them granted because we can freely move our neck with ease. That was not the case here. Social challenges were there a bit.
‘Like In The Lord Of The Rings It Was Always About “Rings” Not About “Frodo” In Sydney’s Life It Was Always About The Rings’
Sydney’s look with those coils around her neck became quite intriguing to a number of people. She had to answer questions every time. But as they time faded away so did those questions. The one clear effect that she felt deeply was she was becoming “social alien” and “isolated.”
‘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.’
..And When She’s Free
Sydney Smith the Giraffe Woman removed the rings from her neck finally after five long years and it became clear to her that the price of livelihood was not really worth that all and every day. Her normal life had become very difficult and she had to live up with the burden of it every day until the day she removed them.
‘Not as long as one is willing to completely isolate himself and he is a trust fund baby and don’t ever needs to leave the house or don’t ever need to drive, then maybe he can pull it off.’
But Sydney Smith’s ‘Giraffe Woman’ Legacy Lives On
Albeit, she has no longer rings around her neck worn, she still believes herself to be a “giraffe lady.”
Does Giraffe Lady Has Regrets?
Sydney does not regret her decision as she is a proud giraffe woman to this day. She happily attempted to lengthen her neck even that has changed her physique that according to her is “obvious.” to witness.
The Condition of Her Neck After Removing Coils
It is clear that she does not regret it but there are clear bruises around her collarbone that is quite believable a fact having worn those 5-pund-coils for long five years.
The Perils or No Perils of Road To Recovery
It is the fact that her neck had been stiffened due to wearing coils and bruises were complimentary that she faced after removing them but doctors are astonished that her recovery is quite quicker than they had anticipated.
After removal she described her neck as ‘very weak, kind of like arms on a toothpick,’ which is quite unthinkable for us. But she is not only one who had craziest obsession and she actually went to adapt with that. There are other people who have tried to achieve the degree of crazy obsessions and underwent extremely painful surgeries to look like their ideal celebrities.
People With Weird Obsessions in The World
Valeria Lukyanova and Olga Oleynik as Barbie
Valeria Lukyanova dreamt to look like a Barbie doll and took her crazy obsession to whole new level by actually pursuing it. Until now she has spent a hundred of thousand dollars to look like a real life barbie. However, her online friend Olga Oleynik who she met through social media has also been under the spell of similar obsession. They both have a friendly bonding owing the the same obsession.
They are both from the Ukrainian city of Odessa. They have been using their looks to attract clients and deliver lectures on spirituality. Their business is literally booming.
Romario Dos Santos Alves Ventured to Look Like The Hulk
Apart from the likes of Lou Ferrigno and Mark Ruffalo, no other actor has ever succeeded to portray The Incredible Hulk in the truest way. But this didn’t have any negative impact on Romario Dos Santos Alves from trying it. Romario who is from Brazil is so fond of the Incredible Hulk and his physique that he went to the extremes of getting himself injected with a dangerous mix of synthol, painkillers, and alcohol into his biceps to have them grow to 25 inches and give him the desired look.
With drugs come side effects, same happened with Romario who had nearly both his arms amputated. The rocking synthol in his biceps had to be removed via surgery and he has sworn not to try any drugs to achieve his body building dreams.
Jocelyn Wildenstein as a Cat
Jocelyn Wildenstein did not want to transform into an ideal celebrity to symbolize her but she underwent various bizarre cosmetic surgery procedures. The Swiss socialite wanted to look like a cat and cosmetic procedures cost her a fortune.
Jocelyn, in order to keep her husband Alec Wildenstein happy– who is fond of big cats, has undergone several extreme surgeries. Her husband has a private farm reserved for wild cats in Africa. She believed since her husband loves big cats, she should try to become just like one. It did not work out well and the couple divorced.
Nadya Suleman as Angelina Jolie
Nadya Suleman, popularly known as “octomom” became internet sensation after giving birth to octuplets in January 2009. When people start realizing her resemblance with Angelina Jolie.
Having been reminded over and again in various interviews and by the close friends, she actually underwent rhinoplasty procedure and collagen injections to look exactly like the icon. She claimed, “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 The Ken Doll Obsession
Justin Jedlica, a New York citizen, has spent almost a quarter of a million dollars to look like the Ken doll. To-date he has undergone at least 190 surgeries, he owns a business in Chicago with his husband.
The surgical procedures Justin Jedlica has undergone are too many, he had his first plastic surgery just four days after turning eighteen and the procedures he has underwent since then include rhinoplasty, chest implants, gluteoplasty, calf implants, lip augmentations, thigh implants, subpectoral implants, cheek augmentations, brow shaving and lifts, triceps implants, bicep implants, and shoulder implants.
Mikki Jay as Michael Jackson
Iconic musician Michael Jackson underwent so many plastic surgeries that his music career was overshadowed by them. A British fan of his, Mikki Jay in order to prove to be the biggest MJ fan spent a hundred of thousand dollars on rhinoplasty, chin implants and cheek implants to look like him. She does not only look like MJ but has the suitable voice to support it. Since 1992, she has been touring the world and is considered the best Michael Jackson impersonator ever.
Jack Johnson as David Beckham
Jack Johnson – a big soccer fan decided to look more like soccer idol David Beckham. He spent $26,000 in to achieve the desired look and underwent procedures such as tanning injections, an eyebrow lift, cheek and chin fillings, and teeth enhancement.
May be he wanted to achieve a goal by looking like his idol. Either way Johnson said in an interview “I’m happy looking like David Beckham.” Does he really look like him? You decide.
Herbert Chavez as Clark Kent The Superman
Herbert Chavez a Filipino dressmaker by profession and has spent a decade and thousands of dollars to look like the Superman. In the meantime, just the cleft chin surgery cost him thousands of dollars let alone other procedures. He has been obsessed with the Superman from the age of five and also hold the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world’s largest collection of Superman memorabilia.
According to Chavez, who has already been through 19 plastic surgeries, has no plans to stop it until his doctor says so“When my body says it cannot endure it anymore or when my doctor says that my body can not handle it because of age, then I will stop.”
Crystal U as Britney Spears
Britney Spears’ is one of the most sought after looks when it comes to plastic surgeries. One of the popular MTV television series, I Want A Famous Face, office workers “Crystal U” dreamed of looking like her ideal icon and went to achieve it.
She spent about $25,000 for breast implants, a nose job, fat grafts in her cheeks, and lip injections in a dire hope to either become a stripper or a part of the Anaheim Angels Strike Force. Sadly, she became none.
Guerra as Madonna
Guerra who is more popular with the alter ego “Venus D’Lite”, and widely known for appearance at show RuPaul’s Drag Race. He performs more often as Madonna impersonator with thick make up and wigs. He was not satisfied with that and went one step further to achieve the look forever.
Guerra dropped off $175,000 on surgeries to look like international mega star Madonna. The 19 plastic surgeries include cheek implants, a jaw filling, and brow surgery.
Claire Leeson as Kim Kardashian
Claire Leeson found fame through the hit TV series Keeping Up With the Kardashians in the other way round, having been bullied in the school for years and after two suicide attempts. The U.K native was told that she looked a lot like the star Kim Kardashian. She spent $30,000 on plastic procedures to look more like her. She succeeded at landing some small time roles to cover the debts incurred upon for plastic procedures. Nowadays, she regrets it publicly and even hates being compared to Kim K.
Gavin Paslow as Lucifer
No one would really want to be Lucifer at any stage of life. But this 39-year-old security guard thought otherwise and picked a rather devil to impersonate. Gavin Paslow spent thousands to look like devil and got his body modifications to resemble him that include fangs, a forked tongue, ears pointed and horns. He did not stop there and changed name to Diablo Delenfer, which means “devil from the inferno.” He has 29 tattoos and often wears contact lenses with a frill dress claims that he is not fond of Satan but likes body modifications.
Carolyn Anderson as Pamela Anderson
There are too many people who share a last name and there are even more who like to change the last name to give a false impression of someone else’s. However, it costs a hundred of thousand dollars to make the resemblance work on a greater scale. Carolyn Anderson dropped off $40,000 on plastic surgeries to have the features like Pamela Anderson. Over the period of 14 years, she has been purchasing hair extensions, getting Botox injections, fake tans, teeth whiteners and straightening, skin peels, breast implants, and beauty spot tattoos to impersonate her celebrity ideal perfectly and boasts to look better than the original. She did not stop here and spent $160,000 to purchase the suitable Baywatch wardrobe.
Toby Sheldon as Justin Bieber
German songster Toby Sheldon idolized Justin Bieber so much so that he moved to Los Angeles to become a pop star like him. To just look like him, Toby had shed off $100,000 on plastic surgery. He found fame to a small scale comparatively though and appeared at shows such as Botched, The Doctors and My Strange Addiction. Sadly, he consumed a mix of Valium, sleeping pills, Xanax and alcohol due to rough break up with his boy friend.
Rodrigo Alves To Look Like The Human Ken Doll
Rodrigo Alves has been so much obsessed with Human Ken Doll that his whole body has underwent some kind of medical procedure. For example he had just 10 nose jobs to have a perfect nose like a ken doll, similarly a butt lift, silicone chest implants, laser liposuction, calf shaping, a facelift, eight-pack abdominal implants, and even plastic surgery on his eyeballs. The doctors have performed so many modifications and plastic surgeries on him that his body is incapable of handling any more and is advised to seek therapy for body dysphoric disorder.
Tiffany Taylor as Ivanka Trump
The daughter billionaire President of the United States of America,Donald Trump– Ivanka who is a businesswoman was once a popular model just at the age of 16 and appeared for Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, and Sassoon Jeans and was also featured in the Maxim Hot 100 and AskMen,quite an inspiration for young girls. An oil and gas consultant was obsessed with her so much that she thought acquiring her looks will give her confidence to take over the world. She spent $60,000 for surgeries and implants that include breast augmentations, two nose jobs, and a mini facelift and eyelift and she is not going to stop there.
Donna ‘Marie’ Trego as Lady Gaga
The South Wales native, Donna Marie Trego used to perform in clubs by impersonating Angie Brown and Boyzone, just after seeing platinum-selling popularity of Lady Gaga, she went on to move her career to an entirely different direction and spent $60,000 on plastic surgery procedures to get the look like Gaga. She spent more than that sum to recreate classic outfits of her obsession and even hired dancers for her live shows. Since then Donna has been performing throughout Europe, including GlastonBudget, which is the area’s biggest tribute concert. In 2014, she finally met Lady Gaga and literally both were surprised.
Sarah Burge as Barbie
Sarah Burge’s case was little bit different in the beginning as she had been through traumatic accident and was left for dead after severe beating. Later her reconstructive plastic surgery made her obsessed with Barbie Doll virtually. A beautician by profession, the housewife spent half a million British Pounds to look like a barbie doll. The procedures she underwent included lasering face for younger looks, breast surgery and liposuction.
Nileen Namita as Nefertiti
Nileen Namita, since 1987 has undergone 51 cosmetic surgeries. She is the U.K. native and has spent amount of $100,000 on these procedures. She believes she was an Egyptian Queen Nefertiti in the previous life. She consulted the experts on that and finally decided to undergo a plastic surgery to look like her. The mother of three believes she would not stop until she gets the desired look.
Matt and Mike Schlepp as Brad Pitt
The two Arizona Twins Matt and Michael Schlepp were obsessed with popular star Brad Pitt during their school days. After graduating from North Canyon High School in Phoenix, Arizona. It was through MTV’s I Want a Famous Face, show that they both were given a chance to claims to be his stunt doubles. They spent over $20,000 to get a nose job and chin implants. When the episode was aired the people believed they looked nothing like the star. However, an online poll suggested that they looked like TV personality Steven Cojocaru known for his works on Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight.
Kitty as Jennifer Lawrence
A Houston, Texas citizen, Kitty was completely obsessed with Jennifer Lawrence after giving birth to her first daughter and putting on much weight. To achieve her dream features she met Dr. Franklin Rose at the First Surgical Hospital, and received surgical procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation, and rhinoplasty. Contrarily, her husband did not like the actress at all but he respected his wife’s decision.
Jordan James Parke as Kim Kardashian
A simple make up artist Jordan James Parke after watching just a single episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians became fond of Kim Kardashian so much so that he got plenty of cosmetic surgeries including laser hair removal, eyebrow tattooing, and over 50 lip-filling procedures immediately done on him to look like her. To date he has shed off more than $150,000 to become the iconic male Kim Kardashian. Due to that he has received so much negative feedback online as well which according to him he uses “to become a better person.”
Xiaoqing as Jessica Alba
Back in 2010, a 20 something young Chinese woman “Xiaoging” underwent a plastic surgery to look like popular actress Jessica Alba whose boyfriend was obsessed with the actress so much that he’d hung her pictures all over his place and had his phone full of pictures. According to the news her then boyfriend had also given her a blonde wig to keep it on her black hair all the time. She did not stop there. When both broke up. In order to win her ex back she underwent even more surgeries to look like her.