215.16 centimeters: Guinness book names Turkish woman Rumeysa Gelgi the tallest woman in the world
It’s official: According to the Guinness Book of Records, 24-year-old Rumeysa Gelgi from Turkey is the tallest woman in the world. The fact that it has grown so much is also due to the so-called Weaver Syndrome.
At 215.16 centimeters, Rumeysa Gelgi is officially the tallest living woman in the world. The Guinness Book of Records awarded the 24-year-old Turkish woman the world record on Wednesday. One reason for their record size is what is known as Weaver Syndrome, which leads to significant growth. The young woman mostly uses a wheelchair, but can also walk with the help of a rollator.
Gelgi uses her fame to stand up for others
Gelgi from the northern Anatolian town of Safranbolu was already listed in the Guinness Book in 2014 – at the time as the largest living teenager in the world. Since then, she has been using the attention to advocate for other people with rare diseases. “You can turn any disadvantage into an advantage, so you should accept yourself for who you are. Be aware of your potential and do your best,” said the 24-year-old.
The tallest living man in the world is also a Turk: According to the Guinness Book, Sultan Kosen measured 251 centimeters in 2018. The tallest woman who ever lived was 246.3 centimeters high: Zeng Jinlian from China died in 1982.