A woman from Turkey 24-year-old who is 215.16 centimeters (7 feet, 0.7 inches) tall has been confirmed as tallest living woman in the world for the Guinness record.
Rumeysa Gelgi’s phenomenal height is due to a condition called Weaver syndrome, which causes accelerated growth and other abnormalities, Guinness World Records said in a statement.
Gelgi was re-measured this year after being named the world’s tallest female adolescent by the Guinness World Records in 2014, at the age of 18. Due to his condition, Gelgi usually moves around in a wheelchair, but can use a walker for short periods.
What did the tallest woman say after winning the Guinness Record?
Gelgi wants to use his platform to inform people about rare medical conditions like Weaver. “Every disadvantage can become an advantage for you, so accept yourself for what you are, be aware of your potential and do your best,” he said in the statement.
“My height intrigues people when they see it, but most people are kind and supportive,” Gelgi told Guinness World Records.
“It is an honor to welcome Rumeysa back to the record books. Her indomitable spirit and pride in standing out from the crowd is an inspiration,” Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of the Guinness Records said in the statement.
“The highest category of woman alive is not the one that changes hands very often, so I am excited to share this news with the world,” he added.
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The tallest living man in the world, Sultan Kösen, is also from Turkey and is 251 centimeters (8 feet, 2.8 inches) tall. Guinness World Records said that the fact that both men and women holding the highest records are from the same country is “a rare occurrence.”
The Truth News reports that the last time it happened was in 2009, when Bao Xishun (236.1 centimeters) and Yao Defen (233.3 centimeters) from China held the records. Gelgi took Yao’s record. The tallest woman ever recorded was Zeng Jinlian from Hunan Province, China, who was 246.3 cm tall at the time of her death in February 1982.