For Jyoti Amge’s 18th birthday, the Guinness Book of World Records named her the world’s shortest living woman. Amge is just 62.8 centimeters tall, 6.2 cm shorter than 22-year old American Bridgette Jordan, who has held the title since September 2011.
Jyoti has been the world’s shortest teenager in the Guinness World Records since September 2009. According to Guinness, Amge’s two foot height is due to a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia.
Guinness traveled to Nagpur in India to officially name Agme the shortest living women in the world. Agme said:
“It is wonderful to celebrate my 18th birthday with a new world record, it’s like an added birthday present. I feel grateful to be this size, after all if I weren’t small and had not achieved these world records I might never have been able to visit Japan and Europe, and many other wonderful countries.”
Here’s a video of the world’s shortest woman.
Guinness World Records Adjudicator, Rob Molloy, said:
“I’m honored to be here in Jyoti’s home town to celebrate this very important birthday with her and her family. I’m pleased to be updating Jyoti’s record status from Shortest teenager and crowning her the world’s Shortest woman. Jyoti encourages us all to look beyond mere size and to just celebrate our differences.”
Here are some facts about Jyoti Amge, the world’s shortest woman.
- She weighs just 11 pounds.
- All of her clothes have to be custom made.
- Jyoti has been attending school since the age of four. Besides the unique desk that she sits at, she’s treated like a normal student.
- Jyoti will appear in two Bollywood movies in 2012.
- She will also release an album with Bhangra/rap star Mika Singh next year.
According to Guinness, Jyoti Amge is still a few centimeters taller than the shortest woman in history. Pauline Musters, who lived in the 1800s, measured just 61cm (24in).