• Thu, Jan 24 2013

LA Woman Mikel Ruffinelli Sets Record For World’s Largest Hips

worlds largest hips

This is Mikel Ruffinelli. Though she stands just five-foot-four, Mikel is a size 30 at 420-pounds and has an eight-foot circumference. Which means Mikel Ruffinelli has just set the new world record for World’s Largest Hips, per the World Record Academy.

Although Ruffinelli earns around a grand per shoot modelling for a Big Beautiful Women website, her size also makes day-to-day chores difficult. She must drive a truck to accommodate her size, for example, she must use “a reinforced chair” at home and she struggles to fit through doors and hallways. 

She attributes her weight gain to having four children: “I put it down to my pregnancies,” she said. “I don’t see why else the weight would go to my hips, although, I do eat lots.” That apparently translates to around 3,000 calories a day.

Still, she has no problem with her weight.

“I love my shape and see no reason to diet because I don’t have health problems,” Mikel told the Daily Mail (who have lots of not remotely exploitative photos). “Men don’t fancy skinny girls, they like an hourglass figure.”

…That’s horseshit, by the way. Different people like different things. But whatever, here’s some video:

Also, in related pun news, Ruffinelli’s husband, Reggie Brooks, describes his wife of ten years as having “a sweet disposition about her that really attracted me to her,” before adding, “I like to tell people all the time, ‘I have a license to work with heavy equipment.Dude.

Not really sure how to feel about this story, by the way. While it seems bizarre to celebrate having the world’s largest anything, it seems nasty and fat shaming to be negative about it, too. Anything in between seems concern troll-y. So, how to strike a balance?

Maybe we can just agree that the Daily Mail‘s lurid, harshly lit coverage of anything always leaves a bad taste?

(Daily Mail, HuffPo)

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  • alexandra

    It seems to me like it’s the exact same problem as when everyone went nuts about the girl with the smallest waist. In both cases, I don’t want to condemn the person… but both situations make me kind of worry about the person’s health. And yet, even voicing that concern seems inappropriate, because it’s her body, her life, and I don’t know much other than what I can gain from a couple of photos and a video.

    But yeah, I think we can all come together against the Daily Mail. And in both cases, the woman in question seems pretty happy/proud of her shape and her life, so, good job having excellent mental health! That’s more than a lot of us can say.

  • LCT

    “Not really sure how to feel about this story, by the way. While it seems bizarre to celebrate having the world’s largest anything, it seems nasty and fat shaming to be negative about it, too. Anything in between seems concern troll-y. So, how to strike a balance?”

    YES. This perfectly describes my internal conflict every time this comes up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/naomi.kashinsky Naomi Kashinsky

    Wow. She’s like a real-life Venus of Willendorf.

  • Eileen

    Am I the only person who thinks 3000 calories a day, while more than a non-athlete needs to be consuming, really should not be enough to sustain eight-foot hips?

    • Larissa

      I thought that too! I know people who eat that much and are nowhere near that size, and its all in the hips. Hmm. Now i’m intrigued…

    • squishycat

      Yeah, that seems like a a lot less than would be needed to sustain a body size that large unless she were completely sedentary. I’m the same height, not terribly active, probably don’t ingest as many calories as she does, but also probably don’t ingest so many calories fewer to make up for the >200 lb difference in our weights. However, given the weight distribution on this lady, she’d clearly have very large hips even if she shed considerable weight.

    • Fabel

      Thank you for saying this. I mean, nutritional info is all “based on a 2,000 calorie diet” so is an extra thousand calories really that much?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lenora.pentecost Lenora Pentecost-Bratton

    As long as she and her husband are happy, then it’s all good! And she rocks her figure and is very pretty. I’m just sorry that they cause her difficulty in day to day life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaitlyn.mcwilliams Kaitlyn Catherine

    One of her legs looks a lot larger than the other to me. This seems like some growth syndrome as opposed to just obesity. Her top half really isn’t that large.

  • VanCan

    The only thing that bugs me is when the British press feels the need to translate American speech into British vernacular, while still using quotation marks. This woman didn’t say her weight was “down to” pregnancies; she probably said “because of”. She didn’t say men “fancy” an hourglass shape; she said the “like” or “prefer”.

  • Vee

    A World record for being a heffa? SERIOUSLY! Absolutely ridiculous….

  • YYellow

    Well. I gotta say..*I* find her sexy!

  • WOWZA!

    Seriously, no joke- if *she* did porn, She. Would. Be. RICH.
    Yes. There *is* quite a demand for “BBWs”, but esp. online. Go have a look.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Miller/100003214613654 Richard Miller

    Icky icky.She needs a handmaiden to keep clean there,or she smells like ass