The World’s Bendiest Woman

Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, posed in gold leather jumpsuit and lingerie, featuring a series of eye-watering photographs to adopt a series of contortionist poses that seem to defy every law of biology.

Zlata, real name Julia Guenthel is 1.8m (5ft 8ins) and used every opportunity to demonstrate her incredible flexibility in her new calendar which she hopes ’emphasise her charms’. She twists herself into the most extreme poses imaginable.

Zlata who recently broke up with her husband and now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box.

One of her favourite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.

The calendar demonstrates the positions she can perform, she is seen with both legs behind her head and is able to perform the splits vertically in the air.

In another image she squats down just inches from the ground, with one leg on the floor and the other wrapped around the back of her neck.

Zlata’s gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school.

She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession.

The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world.

In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only her feet.

Four years earlier she had set the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to burst three balloons using only her back which Zlata achieved in 12 seconds.

The 30-year-old beauty has broken many world records for her flexibility – and demonstrates her stretchy skills in her annual calendar.

She has been contorting her body since she was four years old and still trains every day to keep her muscles in shape.