The World Record Academy says plus-size model Mikel Ruffinelli has the world's largest hips. Ruffinelli, 39, has a natural curve measuring 100 inches. With hips that size routine activities such as walking through doorways and booking seats get awkward.
Ruffinelli, who lives in Los Angeles, and drives a truck to accommodate her gigantic hip girth, stands at a height of 5 ft 4 inches. She has 40-inch waist, 42D breasts and weighs 420 pounds. The African-American woman says she is proud of her figure and does not want to lose weight.
UPI reports she told Barcroft Media TV: "I love my shape and I see no reason to diet because I don’t have health problems."
Her husband Reggie Brooks, 40-year-old computer technician, who has been married to her for 10 years, said: "I like to tell people all the time, 'I have a licence to work with heavy equipment.'"
She told Closer Online: "I love Mexican food, English breakfasts and chips. My husband finds my shape sexy and we have an amazing time in bed – there’s no position we can’t do! He tells me I’m beautiful every day. Men don’t fancy skinny girls, they like an hourglass figure.”
She admits, however, that the sight of her monstrous curves attracts jeers and ridicule. She said: “Everywhere I go I get attention for my hips, both good and bad. When I walk down the street, I can hear the shutters going on camera phones and people laughing at me. Some people assume I’ve had surgery, but it’s all natural. It’s the result of having four children, but large hips also run in my family.”
She was an athletic girl in her teens weighing only about 140-pounds, although she has always had rather large hips. She says large hips run in her family.
According to The Hollywood Gossip, Ruffinelli's children are normal-sized. The Daily Mail reports Ruffinelli had her first child from a previous relationship when she was 22. She started gaining weight after she had Andrew, who is now 19.
After she met her present husband Reggie Brooks, she had three more children: Destynee, 13, Autumn, 8 and Justyce, 7. Her body weight surged from a modest 180 pounds, size 14, to 238 pounds, size 18. She then ballooned to 420 pounds, size 30.
She told Closer Online: "I put it down to my pregnancies. I don’t see why else the weight would go to my hips, although, I do eat lots."
The Daily Mail reports Ruffinelli, who is studying for a psychology degree, says she consumes 3,000 calories a day. She said: "It sounds like a lot to have 3,000 calories, but for someone my size, it’s not really. I might have a breakfast of two eggs with sausage and bacon and a handful of potatoes. Lunch is fried fish and French fries, but dinner’s my big meal. I like to make barbecue chicken with rice or mash. I have a big portion – but I’m not greedy. I snack on peanuts, granola bars and crisps."
She said she learned to be comfortable with her shape as she grew older: "In the past, I was self-conscious about my hips and tried milkshake diets, but they didn’t work. As I got older, I learned to love my body and now I’m not afraid to show it off."
The Telegraph reports she said: "Some people assume I’ve had surgery to enhance my body shape – but it’s all natural. It’s the result of having four children but having large hips also runs in the family... I have to go through doorways sideways, and I can't close the shower door because my hips get in the way."
She now models for a website that features big and beautiful women, earning $1,000 per shoot.
According to Hip Hop Wired, she sleeps in a seven-foot wide bed and uses steel reinforced chairs.
The Hollywood Gossip reports she said: “When I travel by plane or train I have to buy two seats because I can’t fit… into one. It's quite expensive. I drive a truck because it’s big enough to fit all of me."
Her husband, Reggie Brooks, loves his wife the way she is: "I love her shape but it was her personality that first attracted me. She has a sweet disposition. When men disrespect her on the street in front of me it doesn't go down well. I have to show them who's boss."
Ruffinelli says in spite of her size she enjoys an active life with regular exercise at her home and frequent trips to the park and seaside where she shows of her assets in in two-piece outfit.
She said: "Finding clothes to fit my bottom half is a challenge. I have my lingerie custom-made by seamstresses."
According to the Daily Mail, Ruffinelli hopes her story will inspire other plus-size women: "I don’t want to get bigger, but I don’t want to lose my curves. I look great. I hope I inspire women to think, 'She’s happy with her body and I can be too!'"