Turkish woman, 24, who measures more than 7ft named tallest female in the world

By Alistair Mason & Shiler Mahmoudi

A woman declared the tallest in the world hopes to inspire others to 'accept yourself for who you are'.

Rumeysa Gelgi from Turkey, stands at 7ft 0.7in (215.16cm) and has officially been named the tallest woman alive by Guinness World Records.

Her tall physique is a symptom of Weaver syndrome which causes accelerated growth.

Weaver syndrome is an extremely rare condition that is only believed to affect around 50 individuals in the world.

Ms Gelgi can walk, but usually uses a wheelchair due to the affect of the condition on her mobility.

She was born with scoliosis, which causes a curvature in the spine, and describes herself as 'physically disabled'.

Rumesya, 24, is 7ft 0.7inches tall (PA)
She has previously held the title for the world's tallest teenager (Getty Images)

According to Rumeysa's website, Weaver syndrome is usually caused by a mutation in the EZH2 gene, and has a range of symptoms including large birth size, accelerated growth, skeletal maturation, large ears, limb abnormalities and neurological impairment.

Ms Gelgi has previously broken another world record and in 2014 was named the tallest teenager alive.

Since then, she has used her platform to advocate for others with rare conditions and to encourage others to embrace who they are.

The 24-year-old from Turkey said: “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.”

Craig Glenday, editor in chief at Guinness World Records, said: “It’s an honour to welcome Rumeysa back into the record books.

Rumeysa uses her platform to advocate self-acceptance for others with rare conditions (PA)

“Her indomitable spirit and pride at standing out from the crowd is an inspiration.

“The category of tallest living woman is not one that changes hands very often, so I’m excited to share this news with the world.”

The tallest man in the world, Sultan Kosen, is Kurdish and also living in Turkey, and has a height of 8ft 2.8in (251cm) in 2018.

His unusually tall height has been attributed to a brain tumour which affects his pituitary gland.

The tallest woman to have lived was Zeng Jinlian, from China, who was measured at 8ft 1in (246.3cm) before her death in 1982.


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