Wednesday, 8 Feb 2023

‘I scale the world’s tallest buildings for selfies – without any equipment’

A social media sensation known for scaling some of the world's tallest buildings to take dangerous Instagram snaps claims she is fully able to control her own fear.

Russian free-climber Angela Nikolau recently shared a vertigo-inducing clip of herself sitting on the edge of the 2,227ft Merdeka Tower in Malaysia – the second tallest building in the world.

In the Instagram video, which has gained more than 35,000 likes, the 29-year-old was seen donning a red velvet jumpsuit as she dangled her legs over the side of the tower with the vast cityscape below her.

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But while she's scaled many buildings for her social media content, the influencer has revealed that her fight-or-flight still kicks in.

Speaking to the Daily Star, she said: "Sometimes I get scared when I climb up to the roofs. I can get scared when security spots me climbing, or sometimes there can be some constructions that I don’t trust – let’s say when you’re climbing a crane.

"But usually if I give myself a few minutes to calm down – that fear goes away.

"I have that ability to pull myself together when my brain is like “what is going on, where are we and why?”, so I rarely cannot cope with my fears."

Angela, climbs with her boyfriend Ivan Beerkus and says the one in Malaysia is the 'the most beautiful skyscraper' she has ever visited.

As many other mega-tall skyscrapers have had their constructions halted, she knows that this will remain the second tallest for some time yet and is struggling to find a more eye-catching view.

"I cannot think of a super high building that can catch my attention now," she added.

"As for usual skyscrapers – I’ll keep on climbing them, I enjoy it a lot, this is a huge part of my life. I do it every other day I think, so won't give it up."

The influencer, who has also been a rhythmic gymnast for 10 years, has warned that she is trained to balance well and that these stunts should not be repeated by anyone at home.

She explained that she takes the weather, her health and whether she got enough sleep into consideration before climbing.

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