London, January 20(ANI): A 420-pound mother of four who has the widest hips in the world - measuring a staggering 8ft in circumference - says she is comfortable with her shape and that 'men don't fancy skinny girls', they like an hourglass figure.
At just five-foot-four, 39-year-old Mikel Ruffinelli, who lives in Los Angeles, is substantially wider than she is tall, but says she loves her shape and sees no reason to diet because she doesn't have health problems, the Daily mail reported.
Mikel drives a truck because she can't fit into a car. At home, she has to sit in steel-supported chairs and sleeps on a 7ft-wide bed.
Mikel says her husband, Reggie Brooks, a 40-year-old computer technician, 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.
After she had three more children with Reggie (Destynee, 13, Autumn, nine, and Justyce, seven), her hips ballooned as she reached 420 pounds and a size 30.
Mikel, who is studying for a psychology degree, has a healthy appetite and typically consumes 3,000 calories a day.
She says she has become more confident about her size as she has grown older and has learned to ignore cruel comments from people in public.
She has now taken to modelling for a Big Beautiful Women website and earns up to 1000 dollars per shoot. (ANI)