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MOsCOw-Why not surprise someone this Christmas with a more offbeat calendar for 2014 - featuring the world’s bendiest woman. Russian-born Zlata, 27, can contort herself into the most extreme poses imaginable and has posed for 12 wonderfully weird shots for each month of the year.

The former gymnast, who is 5ft 8in, makes every shot an opportunity to show off her suppleness.  Zlata, whose real name is Julia Gunthel, is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm squared box.

She said she was just four-years-old when she discovered her talent and has been bending over backwards ever since.