*Over the years the term ‘down low’ has been one of embarrassment for some, and shame for others. But 22-year-old limbo champ, Shemika Charles, gives that term a whole new meaning that can be looked at with pride.
As a world champion dancer in the limbo universe, Buffalo, New York-bred Charles has held the Guinness World Record for “lowest limbo” for a female since Sept. 16, 2010.
She earned the title after a performance on the “Live! with Regis and Kelly” TV show, when she got down low and limboed 8.5 inches.
Charles, who comes from a family of limbo enthusiasts, seems to always seek ways to continually try new things and break new records. Her latest accomplishment: being the first to limbo under an SUV!
A feat that even she was proud accomplishing!
“I’m just so emotional about getting underneath it,” she told Barcroft TV. “The clearance is around nine inches, but certain parts are lower than others so it took a lot of concentration and controlled breathing.”
Charles has been doing her body altering tactic since she was 14-years-old. And credits her limbo-trainer-uncle and former limbo-dancer-mother for her continuous guidance and inspiration; and natural agility.
“My uncle Bob said he wanted to train me and after a while we decided to set a world record. I know that it’s dangerous but I’m in really good shape and I have no intention of stopping,” she said, according to the Mirror. “I love to limbo and I love to see the looks on people’s faces when I get down low –- it looks impossible so they’re always really surprised.”
Charles said she practiced six hours a day to meet the challenge to limbo underneath a car; and to stay in shape and ensure she is not harming her body, she also meets with a chiropractor once a week.
As is the case with anyone who determines to be the greatest one day, Charles is setting her sights on a residency gig in Las Vegas.
Shemika, get your designer shades ready, girl. Something tells us ‘bright lights’ are in your future!