Sunday, November 18, 2012

Flexible Women - Zlata's Incredible 2013 Calendar Photo Shoot

Female contortionist brings new meaning to the term flexible working in incredible calendar shoot. The bendy bombshell has released a calendar for 2013 featuring Julia Gunthel also known as Zlata in a variety of incredible positions around an office set. Rubbery Russian Gunthel, who now lives in Germany and goes by the name of Zlata when performing, is pictured typing, answering the phone and making coffee all while bending her body in to unbelievable shapes.

She is snapped operating a computer while performing a hand-stand, delivering a presentation with her head tucked between her thighs and even becoming a living table by bending over backwards for her boss.
Zlata, the self-titled 'Goddess of Flexibility' produces her head-turning calendars by contorting her body with a different theme each year. This year was obviously eighties working girl and previous themes have included Marie Antoinette and domestic goddess.

She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, and discovered her talent for contortion at the age of four. The 5ft 9ins blonde weighs eight-and-a-half stone and spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. One of her favorite acts is bending herself backwards at a perfect 90 degree angle, virtually cutting herself in half so the back half of her hands touch her feet. Her talents also include squeezing herself into boxes just 50cm squared. Zlata also has ambitions to head to Hollywood to turn her towards acting. Now take a look at some more photo from her 2013 photo shoot...

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35 Stunning Example of Most Extreme Balancing

All of us would have had a chance to see humans performing an acts of extreme balancing, like slack-liners, in which a practice in balance that typically uses nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. But what would lead a man to spend hours, perhaps days, balancing some weird stuffs which some people consider as extreme boredom. These people who perform such odd balancing act are either true geniuses of the modern age, or desperate loners with way too much time on their hands. Here we bring you 35 incredible example of such extreme balancing. Take a look...

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Giant Shoes Made of Pots, Pans, and Lids By Joana Vasconcelos

Paris-born, Lisbon-based artist Joana Vasconcelos takes everyday objects and transforms them into life-size replicas of high-heel sandals in her aptly titled series Shoes. Each towering shoe is constructed out of dozens of stainless steel pots, pans, and lids of varying sizes. These sculptural installations are really remarkable to look at and deconstruct, which makes it no surprise that they have traveled the globe over the years, showing in private galleries in Seoul to the Ch√Ęteau de Versailles.

As eye-catching as the giant pieces are, the kitchenware/footwear pieces also hold deeper interpretations. The "shoes" reflect on the social conventions, in terms of gender roles and expectations, instilled within traditional generations that have also creeped into modern society. They represent the dichotomous domestic responsibilities paired with contemporary ideals of a woman. The challenge, therefore, is symbolized in a pair of elegant heels made of pristine cookware. Take a look at some more photos of this stunning sculpture...

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