World's tallest woman says it's OK to stand out

World's tallest woman says it's OK to stand out

Rumeysa Gelgi, who is 7 feet, 0.7 inches tall, says being different is not as bad as you would think.
16 Oct, 2021

At 2 metres 15 centimetres (7 feet, 0.7 inches) tall, Rumeysa Gelgi has always stood out. Now officially recognised as the world's tallest woman, she wants to use that record to celebrate differences.

The 24-year-old, who was confirmed this week as the world's tallest living female by Guinness World Records, was born with Weaver Syndrome, a rare genetic disease that causes rapid growth among other abnormalities.

"Being different is not as bad as you think. It can bring you unexpected success," Gelgi told reporters as she proudly stood up with the help of her walking frame.

This is her second world record, after being confirmed as the tallest living female teenager in 2014, at the age of 18.

Gelgi, who usually depends on a wheelchair or a frame to move around, says she hopes to use her title to raise awareness about rare genetic disorders such as Weaver syndrome.

"I personally think that differences and other features which seem like a disadvantage can be turned to advantages if you want it and make the effort for it. That is exactly what I did."

The tallest man in the world, Sultan Kosen who was measured at 2 metres 51cm (8ft 2.8in) in 2018, is also from Turkey. Gelgi says she hopes to meet him in person one day.


Zak Oct 16, 2021 10:54am
Turks tower over others.
Fast comment Oct 16, 2021 11:08am
I got in mind the Alam Channa from beloved Sindh Pakistan.
Rafique Oct 16, 2021 11:17am
She stands tall! I hope she can promote equality of man and woman in the world!
NYS Oct 16, 2021 12:58pm
Few days back named Aijaz 42 yrs tallest man in Pk passed away due to bone disorder now this Turkish lady also have weaver syndrome my ambiguities why the beyond taller individuals cannot certified physically fit why ???
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Oct 16, 2021 01:16pm
Anonymouseee Oct 16, 2021 02:27pm
Dev Oct 16, 2021 03:57pm
Its not good. At 5 ft 9 inch, I dont want to be taller. Sitting in bus and planes is just ok at my height. Any taller and it will be difficult
tarik Oct 16, 2021 07:55pm
She is beautiful! She should be rehabilitated to walk on her own.
Im Raan Oct 16, 2021 08:31pm
@Zak Comes from marrying your first cousin. It's a genetic thing; you won't understand.
Syed Qutub Oct 16, 2021 10:03pm
There is nothing amazing about their condition, and it is rather sad. Their life expectancy is short and they face serious challenges in living their day to day lives.
Sunaina Oct 17, 2021 11:28pm
You are amazing girl