One lady most certainly of the opinion that men prefer curves is Mikel Ruffinelli, a 420-pound mother of four who measures a staggering eight-foot in circumference and hold the record for Worlds Largest Hips.
At just five-foot-four, 39-year-old Mikel, who lives in Los Angeles, is substantially wider than she is tall, but says she wouldn’t want it any other way.
Ruffinelli says that her figure is down to genetics, rather than diet. It’s also down to having four kids. “With every child, came more hips,” she explains. “I’ve got a little wider with each child.”
Showering and going through doorways are, unsurprisingly, a bit of a challenge for her. But Ruffinelli’s husband of 10 years has no problem with his wife’s unusual figure, saying it was “love at first sight”.As well as having to walk through most doors sideways, Mikel drives a truck because she can’t fit into a car. At home, the woman with the worlds largest hips in the world has to sit in steel-supported chairs and sleeps on a 7 ft-wide bed.
Mikel’s biggest fan is her husband, Reggie Brooks, a 40-year-old computer technician. They’ve been married 10 years and Mikel says that he finds her unusual shape sexy and tells her every day just how beautiful she is.
Mikel hasn’t always been plus-sized, as a teenager she was quite athletic and weighed 140-pounds although she did have big hips – a trait she says that runs in her family.
At 22, Mikel had her first child, Andrew, now 19, from a previous relationship, and that is when she started gaining the weight. From 182-pounds and a size 14, she piled on the pounds until she was 238-pounds and a size 18.
Then she meet Reggie and over the next decade had three more children: Destynee, 13, Autumn, nine, and Justyce, seven. Her hips ballooned as she reached 420 pounds and a size 30.
‘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,’ she told Closer.
Mikel, who is studying for a psychology degree, has a healthy appetite and typically consumes 3,000 calories a day.
She revealed: “When I travel by plane or train I have to buy two seats because I can’t fit my a** into one. It gets quite expensive. I drive a truck rather than using public transport wherever possible because it’s 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.
“And I can’t close the shower door because my hips get in the way. I’ve even been stuck in the bath before.”