It’s OK to stand out, says world’s tallest woman

ISTANBUL: At 2m 15cm 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.

Rumeysa Gelgi is over 7 feet tall and needs a walker to get around. (Reuters pic)

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.

World’s tallest woman Rumeysa Gelgi, accompanied by her mother Safiye Gelgi, holds the Guinness World Record certificates during a news conference outside their home in Safranbolu, Karabuk province, Turkey, October 14, 2021. REUTERS/Cagla Gurdogan
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World’s tallest woman Rumeysa Gelgi poses with her mother Safiye Gelgi during a news conference outside their home in Safranbolu, Karabuk province, Turkey, Oct 14, 2021. REUTERS

“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 2m 51cm when measured in 2018, is also from Turkey. Gelgi says she hopes to meet him in person one day.

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