Fact check: Photo shows woman who is 6 feet, 5 inches tall, not 9 feet

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The claim: Image shows tallest African woman at 9 feet, 6 inches

A Facebook post has gone viral after claiming to show an African woman who is more than 9 feet tall.

"Meet the tallest African lady from South Sudan. She is 9 feet 6 inches tall," says the caption of the post, which has more than 11,000 shares.

Posted June 25, the image depicts South Sudanese model Aheu Kudum in jeans and a striped tank top. The model represented South Sudan at the 2009 Miss Earth beauty pageant.

Kudum is tall compared to the average woman, but she told USA TODAY she's three feet shorter than the post claims.

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USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user who shared the post for comment.

Kudum is 6 feet, 5 inches tall

Kudum posted the image to her Instagram profile June 20. The photo was taken from a low angle, which can make her look taller than she actually is.

While Kudum's feet are not entirely in the frame of the Facebook picture, the original image shows she's wearing heels.

But not even the heels would make Kudum more than 9 feet tall. The model told USA TODAY she's 6 feet, 5 inches tall.

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That means Kudum is not close to being the world's tallest woman.

Zeng Jinlian has held that title since her death in 1982, according to Guinness World Records. Zeng measured 8 feet, 1 inch tall.

USA TODAY could not find any records of the tallest woman in Africa.

Our rating: False

We rate the claim that an image shows the tallest African woman at 9 feet, 6 inches FALSE, based on our research. The image shows Aheu Kudum, a model from South Sudan who is 6 feet, 5 inches tall.

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