Plying her craft since age 6, Leilani Franco (UK) has spent decades polishing the skills and abilities needed to grow into a world-class contortionist.
And now, she can officially say she's gone beyond world class, into the realm of world record breaking.
Franco is featured in the new Guinness World Records 2014 book for a trio of records she has set with a body made seemingly from elastic. She's accomplished the most full body revolutions maintaining a chest stand in one minute (25), performed the fastest human backbend walk (20 meters in 10.05 sec), and traveled the fastest 20 meters in a contortion roll (17.47 sec). You can see Franco's unique talents on display in our exclusive "Meet the Record Breakers" video below.
"Whenever I'm at a party, my friends are always like, 'Leilani, show people what you can do!' and I say ok and I do something really weird and everybody gets really shocked," Franco said. "I really like that."
She's turned those party tricks into an obvious proclivity for record breaking: for the backbend walking category, Franco broke a record mark that had stood for nearly 7 years and did so by more than 4 seconds.
Franco has parlayed her skills into a lifestyle and profession, as well, having reached the semifinals of both "Britain's Got Talent" and Germany's "Das Supertalent." She has also performed with such groups as Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, and The Box Soho, having worked professionally since age 16.
But no matter where in the world she's been or whate else she's accomplished, finding her spot in the Guinness World Records 2014 edition is a thrill unlike any other.
"I grew up reading [Guinness World Records] every Christmas with my family," Franco said. To be part of it and to be in it this year is the funniest, strangest feeling and I'm really excited and happy about it."
The Guinness World Records 2014 book edition is on sale now at all major retailers. Find a full list here. Three iBooks are also available now at the iTunes store: "Awesome Animals," (free download), "Colossal Constructions," and "Incredible People."