Turkish woman named tallest woman on Earth at over seven feet

Turkish woman named tallest woman on Earth at over seven feet
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A 24-year-old woman in Turkey, who stands at 7 feet, 0.7 inches tall, was named the tallest living woman on Earth by Guinness World Records.

Rumeysa Gelgi, who was previously named the world's tallest teenager in 2014 when she was 18 years old, was remeasured and now has the crown for tallest woman.

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Gelgi was born with Weaver syndrome, which causes accelerated growth and is marked by distinguished facial features and a varying degree of intellectual disability, according to MedlinePlus.

The condition forces Gelgi to use a wheelchair most of the time, but she can walk for short stints with the assistance of a walker, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

She says her height turns heads on the street, but most people are kind and supportive toward her.


"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," Gelgi said.

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Gelgi said she believes it is important to use her platform to raise awareness about rare medical conditions such as her own.

Sultan Kosen, the tallest man in the world standing at 8 feet, 2.8 inches, is also from Turkey.

The last time the two record-holders shared the same nationality was in 2009 when Bao Xi Shun, standing at 7 feet, 8.95 inches, was named the tallest man in the world, and Yao Defen at 7 feet, 7 inches was named the tallest woman in the world, both hailing from China.

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