The most memorable people photographed this year – from plastic surgery addicts to giant babies


Here are some of the most incredible, inspiring and jaw-dropping stories from all over the world in 2017 – from courageous kids to inspiring record breakers.

Who can forget the man with the 18.9 inch penis, for example, or the woman who set up her own beauty salon after a chair completely collapsed underneath her weight at the hairdressers.

Or how about the woman with the bizarre instant tan injections, or the woman who now shows off her bum for money after undergoing three rounds of illegal injections?

Take a look below for the pick of pictures selected by Barcroft TV to remind you what a bizarre and fascinating year it has been.

Busty Allegra Cole has enlarged her 54-inch breasts so much that she struggles to do up her own shoes – but she was actually raised as a strict Mormon. The proud mum swapped a career as a suburban piano teacher for the glitz of glamour modelling, with her initial operations funded by strangers online

A voluptuous beauty therapist opened a salon for plus-sized women after a chair collapsed underneath her weight in a hairdressers

Courtney Barnes underwent three rounds of illegal bum shots six years ago at one of the thousands of illegal ‘pumping parties’ that take place across the states. The end product was much bigger than she expected but now the 32year-old cam-girl and model is using her super-sized butt to her financial benefit

Standing at 3ft 4 inches tall, Dru Presta is showing the world that sexy has no height restrictions

A remarkable 10-year-old gymnast is on the fast track to become a future Olympic star. Chandler King spends 30 hours a week practicing and studying the sport she loves at the World Championship Centre in Texas

A woman who was born with one arm has defied the odds to become a two-time pole dancing world champion

An 11-year-old boy with a rare form of dwarfism is one-in-a-million. Levi Krystosek, 11, has a rare form of dwarfism called Jansen Metaphysical Chondrodysplasia, which affects the growth of bones and causes considerable pain, meaning he is only 38 inches tall

A four-year-old motocross biker is destroying his competition and snatching trophies away from competitors years older than him. Born and raised in the world of motocross, Jaydin Smart is already outstripping older competitors and his parents believe he is on his way to a sparkling professional career

Fragile Zoe Lush has a rare condition which means her bones are so delicate they ‘break in the wind’. Zoe broke several bones whilst she was still in the womb, shattered her collarbone during birth and broke another 100 bones before her first birthday

Five year-old identical twins Abigail and Isobel are not only impossible to tell apart – they’re also one in a million twins. Because while the chances of giving birth in the UK to a baby with Down’s syndrome is approximately one in 1,000, the odds of giving birth to identical twins with the condition is one in a million

Ekaterina thinks she may have the longest legs in the world. Former basketball Olympic medalist Ekaterina Lisina has a new target in her sights – being named the worlds tallest model. She stands at 6ft 9in in her bare feet

A beauty queen has had cutting-edge surgery to allow her to use her ankle as her knee after having part of her leg amputated. Jillian Williams, 20, from Odem, Texas, had her world come crashing down in February last year when she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma – a rare type of bone cancer. To minimise the possibility of relapse, she opted for a ‘rotationplasty’, a procedure which required surgeons to remove the middle portion of her leg

A 26-year-old woman with a rare condition that makes her look decades older is challenging beauty standards by becoming a model. Hoping to break into the modelling industry, Sara Geurts from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is determined to carve out a successful modelling career despite battling with Dermatosparaxis Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) – a genetic condition that leaves her with excessively saggy skin

A plus-size ballerina is breaking stereotypes one ‘pointe’ at a time. Professional dancer Thaina Silva, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, may not fit the stereotypically slim, long-legged stature of a ballerina, but that hasn?t stopped her from wowing crowds with her elegance and showing anyone can dance, whatever their size

Busty German glamour model Martina Big has shocked her fans with a new ‘extreme tan’ that has turned her fair skin to ‘dark crispy brow’ with just three tanning injections. The model – who claims her size 32 S breasts are the biggest in Europe – has had tanning injections to turn her white Caucasian skin a deep shade of mahogany brown

Lindsay Hilton is a badass CrossFit extraordinaire and a full contact rugby player – she also happens to have been born without limbs. The 31-year-old from Halifax, Nova Scotia has never let a lack of arms and legs hold her back from achieving her sporting dreams

The first model with Down Syndrome to front a beauty campaign is hoping to shake up the industry and prove that ‘beauty belongs to everybody’. Katie Meade is the first to admit that people with Down Syndrome, as well as other disabilities, are largely absent from the beauty and fashion industries – and she’s determined to change it

A family in the Indian city of Hyderabad always stand out in a crowd – because nine of the 11 family members are dwarfs. Fifty-two-year-old Ram Raj Chauhan is the head of the family who have been affected by a genetic condition called Achondroplasia, which causes short limbed dwarfism

A morbidly obese baby has baffled doctors – by weighing in at a whopping 38lbs. Eight-month-old Chahat Kumar from Punjab, India was born an average weight but started ballooning in size at the age of four months

Known individually for their love of cosmetic surgery, Pixee Fox and Rodrigo Alves recently joined forces to have over £20,000 of cosmetic procedures each in a five-day body blitz

When Cristina and Benno exchanged wedding vows, they never expected another woman would end their marriage. But 12 years later, the parents of three are getting divorced, so that their GIRLFRIEND won’t get jealous

The man with the world’s longest penis has rejected the possibility of having a reduction – even if it means abandoning any hope of a normal sex life or having children

A bodybuilder enjoys flexing his ripped muscles on stage – despite suffering from a condition that leaves his chest and back covered in large lumps of scar tissue. At the age of 17, Isaiah Griffin, now 23, from Wichita, Kansas, noticed his first keloid on his leg – a benign growth caused when the body over heals itself

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