Jyoti Amge’s 18th birthday is the best of her life. On this day, the Guinness Book of World Records named her the world’s shortest living woman. Amge is just 62.8 centimeters tall (24.7 inches), 6.2 cm shorter than 22-year old American Bridgette Jordan, who has held the title since September 2011. Jyoti has been the world’s shortest teenager in the Guinness World Records since September 2009.
Representatives from Guinness World Records traveled to Jyoti’s hometown of Nagpur, India, today to acknowledge her entry into adulthood — and her new entry into its world records.
“It is wonderful to celebrate my 18th birthday with a new world record; it’s like an added birthday present,” said teary eyed cute Amge “I feel grateful to be this size; after all, if I weren’t small and had not achieved these world records, I might never have been able to visit Japan and Europe, and many other wonderful countries.”
After receiving a plaque, she and her guests cut a birthday cake.
Guinness says in a statement Amge has grown less than one centimetre (0.4 inch) in the last two years and will grow no more due to a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia.
The title of shortest woman in history continues to be held by Pauline Musters, who lived in the Netherlands from 1876 to 1895 and stood 61 centimeters (24 inches) tall.
As a teenager at school in Nagpur, Jyoti had her own small desk and chair, but said the other students didn't treat her any differently.
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