Julia Günthel, popularly known as Zlata, is a former gymnast from Russia. Zlata can contort herself into the most extreme poses imaginable – and has broken numerous world records for her flexibility.
While many of us may find it difficult simply bending over to touch our toes, it’s not a problem for the world’s bendiest woman. In fact, if she wants to touch her toes she can actually do so by twisting her legs up to her head.
The 5ft 8in of wonder is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm squared box. She said:
‘Doing these poses just feels very natural to me. Sometimes it can get a bit uncomfortable if I have to hold a pose for a long time in photo shoots.
But I think that’s like anyone who sits down for a long time – their muscles get stiff.’
The 27-year-old is set to show off her ability at the upcoming International Contortion Convention in Germany, where she now lives.
Zlata who has been contorting herself since she was four years old, reveals it wasn’t always so easy as a child as many of Zlata’s peers were jealous of her ability. She explained:
‘In Russia being flexible is a very good thing to be because everyone is really into gymnastics. Some of the other girls didn’t like how good I was.’
Zlata said she has to work out rigorously every day to stay in shape and maintain her flexibility. She added:
‘I don’t really diet but I have to train very hard to keep my muscles in shape and to be as flexible as possible.’
Source: DailyMail UK