A young New York woman, Simone Williams, has broken the Guinness World record for the largest female afro in the world…

Her amazing “fro” is 20.5 cm tall, 22.5 cm wide, and 1.48 m in circumference and she says people just “love it.”

Williams was inspired by the former record holder Aevin Dugas, who has held the Guinness World Record title for 8 years and says she was touched that woman were being recognised for it.

Williams says she began straightening her hair around 11 years old because it seemed to be the “societal norm”, but around 9 years ago she realised she wanted to own her identity by keeping her hair natural.

“I chose to transition 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,” says Williams in the video above.

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She says her natural hair is a symbol of liberation.

“I too feel that freedom, liberation and confidence as I walk out the house with my natural frock!”

Find out more about Williams in the videos above and below.