Mikel Ruffinelli is nothing to look at above the waist — but below the waist she turns heads on a regular basis.

That's because the mother of four from Los Angeles currently holds the world record for World's Largest Hips.

And Ruffinelli's 8-foot hips certainly put the phrase "big-ass booty" to shame.

"Some people assume I've had surgery to enhance my body shape – but it's all natural," she recently told Barcroft Media. "It's the result of having four children but having large hips also runs in the family."

The 39-year-old claims her hips began expanding after she had her first child, Andrew, in 1994. Back then she weighed around 180 pounds — now she's a comfortable 420.

"I love my shape and I see no reason to diet because I don't have health problems," Ruffinelli insists. "I love Mexican food, English breakfasts and chips. My husband finds my shape sexy and we have an amazing time in bed – there's no position we can't do! He tells me I'm beautiful every day. Men don't fancy skinny girls, they like an hourglass figure."

That's not to say it's all compliments and curve appeal for Ruffinelli.

"I have to go through doorways sideways, and I can't close the shower door because my hips get in the way," said Ruffinelli, who sustains her record-setting money-maker with 3,000 calories a day.

But the hassle of having to buy two seats on a plane or having to drive a truck because she doesn't fit in a standard car is offset by the extra income she earns modeling for a BBW website.

And Ruffinelli also hopes to serve as a role-model to women who are struggling with poor self-image. She says: "I hope I inspire women to think, 'She's happy with her body and I can be too!'"

[screengrab via Barcroft Media]