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Guinness World Records confirms world's tallest woman
October 20, 2021 | 0 comments
Gelgi towers over everyone else. Image Credit: YouTube / Guinness World Records
Standing at 7ft, 0.7 inches tall, 24-year-old Rumeysa Gelgi is now officially the tallest woman on Earth.
Gelgi, who hails from Turkey, suffers from a condition so rare that she is the only known case in the entire country.
Known as Weaver syndrome, the condition causes accelerated growth as well as skeletal development problems, meaning that she spends most of her time confined to a wheelchair.
When she does take to her feet with the aid of a walker, however, her extreme height is unmistakable.
This isn't her first foray into the Guinness Book of Records either - in her younger days Gelgi was also officially recognized as the world's tallest living female teenager.
She has since used her status to help raise awareness about rare medical conditions.
"Every disadvantage can be turned into an advantage for yourself so accept yourself for who you are, be aware of your potential and do your best," she says.
Interestingly, Turkey is also home to Sultan Kosen - who at 8ft 3 inches is the world's tallest living man.
The previous record holder for world's tallest woman was China's Yao Defen who stood 7ft 7 inches tall and died back in 2012 at the age of 40.
Source: Huffington Post
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