The Guinness Book of World Records named Jyoti Amge as the world’s shortest living woman. Amge is just 62.8 centimeters tall, 6.2 cm shorter than 22-year old American Bridgette Jordan, who has held the title since September 2011.
Indian student Jyoti Amge is 18 years old and stands just 24.7 inches tall. Amge was conferred the title on Friday as she celebrated her 18th birthday in the city of Nagpur. “It is wonderful to celebrate my 18th birthday with a new world record, it’s like an added birthday present,” said Amge.
Representatives from Guinness World Records measured her at a ceremony attended by about 30 relatives and friends in Nagpur.
Rob Molloy, official adjudicator for Guinness World Records told: “She’s 62.8 centimetres. She was measured three times over the last 24 hours as height can vary slightly according to the time of day. Doctors measured her in our presence at three different times, both standing up and lying down. We took an average.”
According to Guinness, Amge’s two foot height is due to a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia. Achondroplasia has restricted her height to that of an average four-month-old baby girl. She has just passed her Class 10 exam and intends to take up acting full time.
“I am doing a Kannada film and will be shooting in Mysore soon. I will also be in Europe for two months in the coming summer,” she said.
When asked if she would join an acting school, Amge said she knows the basics well and does not need to learn it.
“I would do exactly what my director expects out of the scene. What is the need to learn something in a school when you know? You learn it much better on the job,” she asked.
Amge dreams of becoming a film star as well as going to university when she finishes high school.
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