Harvey Bristol, aka Cindy, has made it into the Guinness Book of Records by becoming the fastest cross dresser in the world, beating off stiff competition from regular winners of the Speed Cross Dressing contest from Thailand.
This year's speed cross dressing was held in Amsterdam with five times champion, Bubblee Taiyong expected to sweep the board. Nobody reckoned with first time entrant Cindy from Dorking though. Nor did anybody expect her to break the record set in 2006 by Bubblee.
"We were blown away by Cindy's speed," said contest organiser, Leslie Lesley. "We're used to seeing rapid cross dressers in action, but Cindy was on another level."
The contestants must go from their male clothing into female clothing, with full make up and hair, take a picture that passes muster, and then change back again. In the past, cross dressers have been disqualified for taking a picture that is simply not good enough, or from failing to wear women's underwear, but Cindy passed both tests without problem.
"Cross dressers like Bubblee already look pretty feminine," said Leslie. "They don't need much make-up and their hair is permanently feminine. This is why they do so well at the competition. Most entrants come with female underwear on already."
The previous record of seventeen minutes and twelve second held by Bubblee was smashed when Cindy put in a time of eight minutes, forty-nine seconds.
"It's going to take something else to beat that record," said Leslie.
Cindy was quite ambivalent about the record.
"I didn't realise that there was a record there to be broken," she said. "I just did my usual approach. Until I won this contest my wife had no idea I dressed in women's clothing. So I'm quite used to getting undressed and removing all trace of make-up in seconds. Any longer and she'd have realised."
Cindy says that she rarely has very long to get dressed either.
"I've got quite good at putting on all the make-up and wig in just a couple of minutes," she said. "It was just a matter of combing the two together, and not making any mistakes."
Cindy plans on using the thousand pound prize to placate his wife, Julie Bristol, who thought they were going to Amsterdam for a mini-break.
"He's just bloody weird," Julie said. "And now everybody in the world knows my husband looks better in a dress than me. Typical. I wouldn't mind that much, but he's a twelve and I'm a fourteen. How embarrassing."