Sydney Smith is a 35 years old Los Angeles woman who has spent over five years stretching her neck in other to look like her favorite animal, a giraffe.
There are always people with different interests and personalities, but this seems to be the apex of it all as this woman uses metal rings to make her neck longer.
In 2011 she started her journey with 11 copper rings and went on to add more later.
Sydney told The Huffington Post in 2014, “I’ve always had a long neck. In middle school, they called me ‘giraffe girl.”
She never found the remarks she got about her neck downgrading she loved it and was willing to lengthen it.
Her parents thought she was ridiculous after she always went to bed with coat hangers around her neck as she went to sleep. According to her, her neck grew a few inches longer.
Sydney explained, ”After a few years it became obvious that my neck was longer than the other girls, but not freakishly. So I stopped for a while to consider if being a long-necked woman was what I wanted.”
Sydney was doubting if she wanted to be a giraffe woman, but when she realized she wasn’t alone it gave her more inspiration. The women of the tribe Kayan Lahw, from the Kayan people, who live in Southeast Asia, often wear brass coils around their necks as neck rings.
Girls from the age of five start wearing the brass coils in the Kayan Lahwi culture and as they get older the number of coils increases.
No one knows the reasons why such practice exists, but today people often wear it as a symbol of cultural identity and also to beautify themselves.
Sydney wrote on social media, “I was the first western woman (that I know of) attempting to elongate my neck.”
“I had missed the comfort from the pressure on the top of my neck and shoulders and had been thinking about doing it again for a while,” she said.
“The comfort and exhilaration of this process were all I was after.”
In an interview with Daily Mail in 2017, she revealed she always felt limited by the rings.
“I could not function as a long-necked woman with fifteen rings in the US. You could only do it if you were willing to isolate yourself completely and you never have to leave home.
I spent five years of my life with rings around my neck and I became very introverted and isolated.
“If you’re a trust fund baby and do not ever need to leave the house, do not ever need to drive, then maybe you can pull it off,” she said.
She decided to start a new life without the rings and is doing great at the moment.