Roberta Mancino may just be the most daring model we've ever heard of.

The 35-year-old Italian, known not only for her shoots in Maxim, Vogue and Vanity Fair, but also for her death-defying stunts around the world, has pulled off her most intense one yet: momentarily free-falling over the heart of an active volcano.

"Like all 'wingsuiters,' I aspire to discover new lines, previously unexplored paths," she told GQ France. "And what an extraordinary challenge to fly over an erupting volcano!"

Mancino, who has completed more than 8,500 skydives, planned and trained for years to pull off the stunt above Chile's Villarrica volcano. After jumping out of a helicopter at 15,000 feet in her red wingsuit, she described her drift over the volcano as a "rare intensity."

"Once above the crater, there was very strong turbulence — it was scary," she said. "We saw lava against low and high indefinable odor in a plume of smoke that went through. It was amazing."

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Daredevil uses wingsuit to peer into the heart of a volcano
Italian thrillseeker and modelRoberta Mancino practiced for years to pull off the stunt above Chile's Villarrica stratovolcano.