Shelf-assured ... Barbie's rear makes a handy surface to rest food on
BOOTY-OBSESSED Barbie Edwards has spent a fortune on food to get such a huge backside — but now her big butt is making big bucks.
The 42-year-old mum claims she has the world’s largest bottom, and says she has used her unique asset to make a whopping £18,000 in the past six months just by BALANCING things on her behind.
The colossal rear measures creating a “butt shelf” upon which Barbie can balance trays of food and drink — to the delight of her paying fans.
The bouncy blonde is delighted with her shape and is now hoping to persuade Guinness World Records to include a new category for world’s biggest shelf behind.
She said: “I used to hate my big hips and bum, but since I’ve been modelling it’s changed the way I feel about myself. My bum shelf has a career all of its own and I wouldn’t change it.”
Confident ... modelling has won Barbie a following of more than 4,000 ‘fat admirers’
As well as making her money, Barbie’s bottom — which currently has 4,000 online fans — also comes in handy with household chores.
The mother of three from Washington, USA, explains: “I often use my butt shelf to balance food on while I’m preparing family meals.
"It’s also great for balancing cleaning products on when I’m tidying the house or snacks when I’m lying on the sofa at night.”
Divorced Barbie, who also works as a social worker, first heard about the world of Big Beautiful Women (BBW) six months ago when she visited Las Vegas with a friend.
She says: “I was given a flyer for a BBW night at a club and we decided to go for a laugh.
"I had never heard of that world before. It was such an eye-opener — the party was full of big women and men who were their fans, known as ‘fat admirers’.
"While I was there I was approached by a model scout who suggested I’d make a great model because of my bottom and my Barbie-girl looks.
"At first I thought he was kidding. But he eventually persuaded me to pose for some photos.
"I decided to throw caution to the winds and have a go. I never thought it would make me money — let alone nearly 28,000 dollars!
Big dreams ... Barbie hopes her 'bum shelf' will be included in the Guinness World Records one day
"I receive hundreds of messages from men every day, requesting pictures of me in my underwear.
"There is no specific type of man who loves my bum — they range from farmers to business executives.
"They pay for pictures and some like me to balance things on my bum — often plates of doughnuts or pizzas to show how big it is.
"At first I found these requests strange, but now I love it because I know it’s making my fans happy.”
However, Barbie’s extraordinary figure does cause problems.
She admits that her humongous hips regularly get stuck in turnstiles.
On planes and trains Barbie requires two seats and she often gets bruises using public toilets because her bottom is so wide that it jams against toilet roll holders.
She said: “Often I cannot fit into dressing rooms in shops and at work I have a special chair to accommodate my bottom’s unique width and shelf.
"I constantly knock over displays in supermarkets when shopping.
"I am a wide load and sometimes it’s difficult to judge whether I can fit through certain spaces. When eating out I have to phone ahead to restaurants to ensure they have booth seating, because I can never have a normal chair.”
Barbie, who drives a minivan because cars are too small for her frame, was chubby as a child.
But she says her extreme pear-shaped body started to develop when she hit puberty.
"I was teased relentlessly at school for my size and lived in tent-like dresses. Looking like this was a daily battle as a teenager and I was very miserable. When I left school I weighed 300 pounds (21st 6lb) and half of that was in the butt region.”
After three pregnancies, Barbie now weighs more than 500 pounds (35st 10lb) — but is no longer bullied for it.
She says: “I am healthy and happy that finally my unusual figure is celebrated rather than criticised.
"I work very hard and I am helping my kids with some extra money from my modelling. I want to show other girls with big bottoms you can be sexy and successful. I’m like a giant Kim Kardashian.
"My bum is a beauty and despite once hating it, I’d never change it.”
BARBIE’S BUM-BOOSTING DIET Breakfast: Pancakes, bacon and syrup with cereal and toast.
Snacks: Chocolate cake and a bag of peanut M&Ms.
Lunch: Tacos with cheese and all the toppings, entire chocolate cake.
Dinner: A large serving of homemade lasagne with bread.
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