Rumeysa Gelgi, the 26-year-old Turkish-born woman, is the tallest woman in the world, measuring in at 7 feet 0.7 inches, or 215 centimeters. She holds the 2023 Guinness World Record for being the tallest woman.
The previous year, Rumeysa was awarded the distinction of having the biggest hands, the longest fingers, which are constantly colorfully groomed, and the longest back.
When Rumeysa was just four months old, she was diagnosed with Weaver Syndrome, which is an extremely uncommon genetic disorder that causes abnormally rapid bone development.
People with this condition may also experience intellectual disability, loose muscles in the core, and rigid muscles in the limbs with poor coordination.
Additionally, they may have distinctive physical differences in the face and feet, as well as a hoarse, low-pitched cry. The onset of symptoms usually occurs before birth and the condition can affect various aspects of an individual’s life.
Rumeysa had already reached a height of 5 feet 8 inches by the time she was six years old. She described how she felt as “a child trapped inside an adult’s body.”
To reach her final height quickly, Rumeysa was put on medication during puberty. However, without it, she could have been taller.
Rumeysa’s life has been full of challenges
Throughout her life, she has battled with a range of health issues, including a heart defect and scoliosis, both of which required rods and screws to be surgically implanted into her spine. Due to her rare medical condition, she had to be educated at home in between treatments.
“It was not an easy journey. I didn’t have any friends because I was so different to children my age, but I made it,” Rumeysa said.
In pictures: Rumeysa Gelgi (24) of Turkey, at 7.07 feet tall, has been confirmed as the world's tallest living woman by Guinness World Records. Gelgi, who lives in the Safranbolu district of Karabuk province, has a condition called Weaver Syndrome, which causes accelerated growth pic.twitter.com/nDvPCNc90I
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She is unable to ride in a car, therefore she is carried in a van instead. Additionally, she requires custom furniture due to the fact that her height prevents standard options from being suitable. Dresses are her go-to for layering, but she needs to have them tailored to suit her correctly.
Air travel seemed to be impossible for her until Turkish Air granted her permission to reserve six aircraft seats in advance so that she could lay across them on a specially designed stretcher.
Pursuing her career as a web developer
Rumeysa uprooted her life and moved to California so that she could pursue a job as a web developer. This was the very first time that the stretcher had been utilized for an ordinary passenger on a commercial flight.
“I did get some looks but other passengers came over to check I was OK and I really enjoyed my flight. I understand people are curious about me but as long as the stares aren’t too long it’s OK,” Rumeysa said.
Rumeysa’s approach toward life
Rumeysa has been extremely open about her life with Weaver Syndrome and seeks to raise awareness about the disorder that has impacted practically every part of her life.
“I also want to show people that you shouldn’t judge others by how they look. I believe a negative thing can be turned into a positive one,” she said.
She has more than 38,000 followers on Instagram and has made countless public speaking and TV appearances.