Meet Rumeysa Gelgi, the tallest living woman in the world and a Guinness World Records holder. With a height of 215.16 cm (7ft 0.7in), Gelgi managed to score the world record at the age of 24. During her teen years, when she was 18 years old, she bagged the Guinness World Records for being the tallest living female teenager in the world.
Now, you might be wondering – How the hell is she so tall?
Rumeysa Gelgi suffers from one of the rarest diseases in the world, which made her the tallest living woman in the world. In the medical world, it’s called Weaver Syndrome, a rare genetic mutation that causes an unprecedented growth of the skeleton. Unfortunately, she has to depend on a wheelchair most of the time to move around as it is very difficult for her to walk. She tries to, often, but it gets tiring to carry the weight of her body around.
In an interview, she shared, “I was born with some serious physical diseases, such as scoliosis. And also I am a physically disabled person, who is mostly wheelchair-bound and I can ask only with my walker.”
Rumeysa Gelgi chooses to live with her disability with her head up high. Even though she was bullied growing up, she didn’t let it fail her spirit. She shared, “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.”