A 24-year-old Turkish woman who stands 215.16 centimeters (7 feet, 0.7 inches) entered Guinness World Records for being the world’s tallest living woman.
Rumeysa Gelgi’s phenomenal height is due to a condition called Weaver syndrome, which causes accelerated growth and other abnormalities, according to Guinness World Records.
After being named the world’s tallest living female teenager in 2014 at the age of 18, Gelgi was re-measured this year to become the world’s tallest living woman.
Due to her condition, Gelgi usually moves around in a wheelchair, but she is able to use a walker for short periods.
“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,” she said in the statement.
Gelgi told Guinness World Records that her great height intrigues people when they see her, but most people are kind and supportive.
“It’s an honour to welcome Rumeysa back into the record books. Her indomitable spirit and pride at standing out from the crowd is an inspiration,” said Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, in the statement.
“The category of tallest living woman is not one that changes hands very often, so I’m excited to share this news with the world,” Glenday added.
Astonishingly, the world’s tallest living man, Sultan Kösen, is also from Turkey and stands 251 centimeters (8 feet, 2.8 inches) tall.
Guinness World Records affirmed that the fact that both the tallest living male and female record holders are from the same country is “a rare occurrence.”