Rumeysa Gelgi, a 24-year-old woman from Turkey, has been named as the “world’s tallest living woman” by the Guinness World Records on October 13, 2021. Rumeysa, who stands at 7 ft and 0.7 in (215.16 cm) tall, has a rare condition called Weaver syndrome.
“My height is caused by Weaver syndrome, a random genetic mutation,” she said. “It is so rare, and I am the first case that I know of in Turkey. I am the only person in my family who is [this] tall.”
Rumeya said that having to rely on her wheelchair and walker to move around is just one of the many difficulties that come with her height. “Some of the most difficult things about being so tall are the health problems. I was born with some serious physical diseases, such as scoliosis,” she said.
“Sometimes, I find myself in weird situations related to my height and condition. When I was really young, I had to deal with bullying as well.”
Despite having these experiences, Rumeysa said that her condition also has advantages that brought her “unexpected success.”
“Being different is not as bad as you think. It can bring you unexpected success. I personally think that differences and other features which seem like a disadvantage can be turned [into] advantages if you want it and make the effort for it. That is exactly what I did,” she said.
This is the second Guinness World Record for Rumeysa, who was previously named as the “world’s tallest living female teenager” in 2014. At 18 years old, she stood at 7 ft and 0.09 in (213.6 cm) tall.
“Some of the advantages of being so tall are, first of all, it’s great being a Guinness World Record holder,” she said. “I received my first record title in 2014, and since then, [I’ve been] using my title for advocacy reasons and that’s what I’m really grateful for. Also, being the only woman with [this] kind of height makes me feel really special.”
Check out Rumeysa’s interview below:
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