The world's bendiest woman in some eye-popping, jaw-dropping poses

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Russian-born former gymnast Zlata (All Pictures: Barcroft Media)
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata (All Pictures: Barcroft Media)

THE WORLD'S most flexible woman has revealed a new series of risqué, eye-popping poses for her 2016 calendar.


Russian-born former gymnast Zlata wore leather, lingerie, and even posed naked as she contorted her body into a mind-bending array of shapes. 

Zlata was quite literally prepared to bend over backwards to make the shoot a success - which she demonstrated by leaning so far back that she was able to peer through her own legs. 

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. 

For 29-year-old Zlata, bending into these incredible shapes wasn't just business as usual - creating the calendar also helped her deal with her recent marriage split.

She said: "After this year's separation from my husband, I wanted to emphasise my charms in the new calendar. 

"That was the idea for my new calendar."

The bendy Russian'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.

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

Four years earlier she had set the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to burst three balloons using only your back.

Zlata achieved this incredible feat in 12 seconds. 

The title of her 2016 calendar is 'Beauty Embodied in Flexibility.'