NYC woman’s afro breaks Guinness World Record

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This woman’s afro is record-breaking.

Brooklynite Simone Williams’ afro has officially been certified the biggest in the world by the Guinness World Records. It measures in at 8.07 inches tall, 8.85 inches wide and over 4-foot-10-inches in circumference.

“I Googled ‘world’s largest afro’ and when she came up I was in awe,” Williams told Guinness of her reaction to Aevin Dugas, the previous record-holder, who inspired her to compete for the title. “At the time, I didn’t think my hair was anywhere close to hers, she was goals! But I was so happy to see that she was recognized and there was a chance for others to be recognized too.”

Dugas, a New Orleans-based social worker, held the title for eight years with her natural-grown ‘do, which measured 4-foot-4-inches in circumference.

It took Williams nine years to grow her now unmatched afro, after years of getting perms and straightening her hair from middle school up through college. “I chose to transition [to natural hair] around the age of 23. It began because I wanted to save the money spent at the hair salon to help with the costs of moving into my first apartment,” she said.


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