17-year-old Rumeysa, who stands at 7ft tall has been officially declared the world’s tallest female teenager.
Rumeysa Gelgi who has a standing height of 213.6 cm (7ft 0.09 in), received the Guinness World Record award in a special presentation in her hometown of Safranbolu, Karabük. Rumeysa’s hands measures 24.5 cm and feet 30.5 cm.
The official measurements of Rumeysa done by Doctor Ömer Hakan, were carried out at three different times in the same day in accordance with Guinness World Records guidelines.
Her height is caused by a condition called Weaver Syndrome – a rare genetic disorder that causes rapid growth. Due to her size which causes her mobility problems, she has a custom-built wheelchair and walking frame to help her get around. Even her shoes are custom made in America for her.
Even though she has been cruelly taunted and teased about her appearance in the past, people’s negativity no longer upsets her, and she puts it down to ignorance. She has instead developed a positive outlook to being tall.
‘I like being different from everyone else. It’s interesting and makes me feel special. It also provides me with easy access to high places, and looking down at people from above isn’t a bad thing either.’ -Rumeysa
Guinness World Records Official Seyda Subasi-Gemici said:
‘Guinness World Records celebrates diversity and recognises extraordinary people all over the world. Rumeysa Gelgi has shown tremendous courage in the way that she has dealt with her condition, and it is an honour to meet and award her with the record title of Tallest Teenager.’
Rumeysa is only just in 11th grade in high school and lives with her parents and older siblings, who are all ‘normal’ height.
Rumeysa has been told that she is not expected to grow any further, so she most likely won’t beat the record of Tallest Living Person and fellow countryman,
, who measures 251 cm (8ft 3 in).
The Tallest Ever Female Teenager before now was Canadian Anna Haining Swan (b. 6 August 1846 – d. 5 August 1888), who reached a height of 241.3 cm (7ft 11 in).
Rumeysa’s record will feature in the 2015 Guinness World Records book, out in September.