A world-record-holding limbo queen thinks she has become the first person to shimmy under a car.
Shemika Charles amazed herself and onlookers when she completed the feat bent over backwards to get underneath the SUV.
The supple 22-year-old entered the record books in 2010 when she limboed down to an incredible eight-and-a-half inches – the height of a beer bottle.
Shemika has been unable to break her record but decided to set herself a new challenge by becoming the first person to limbo underneath a car.
‘The clearance is around nine inches but certain parts are lower than others, so it took a lot of concentration and controlled breathing,’ says Shemika.
She trains for up to six hours a day to keep her body in peak condition and now travels around America performing with her family.
However, regular performances put a massive strain on her body and she sees a chiropractor once a week to have her hips realigned.
Her mother was also a successful limbo dancer in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago, but had to give up due to injury.
‘I began my limbo career at the age of 14,’ says Shemika, ‘and I immediately recognised that I had a unique talent.
‘I love to limbo and I love to see the looks on people’s faces when I get down low – it looks impossible so they’re always really surprised.’
Shemika, who lives in Buffalo, New York, has appeared on America’s Got Talent and now regularly performs at half-time shows during basketball games across the country. She is paid $2,300 (£1,500) for her 15 minutes work.
Determined to reach new lows, Shemika has her sights set on having her own show in Las Vegas. ‘Having my name in lights would be amazing, and I’m also planning on setting some new records – I want to do the furthest distance travelled in a limbo position.’