After Five Years Of Stretching Her Neck, ‘Giraffe Woman’ Finally Shed Her Rings

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Body modification is the practice of deliberately physically changing your appearance. It can be as simple as getting a nose piercing or as complex as getting plastic surgery. For one woman, Sydney Smith, her body modification of choice was something a little more extreme.

Also known as the “Giraffe Woman,” Sydney has spent five years elongating her neck. While the practice actually has roots in a remote Southeast Asian tribe, it has hadan intense impact on her health, both physically and mentally.