A resident of Turkey recognized as the tallest woman in the world

Rumeisa Gelgi from Turkey is the tallest living woman at 215.16 cm (7 ft 0.7 in), according to the Guinness Book of Records website.

Gelgi was re-measured this year. In 2014, at the age of 18, she was already recognized as the tallest teenage girl alive.

Her tall height is due to Weaver’s syndrome. It is an extremely rare disease that causes accelerated growth. Gelgi uses a wheelchair most of the time, but can walk for a short time using a walker.

Since her first Guinness World Record in 2014, she has found it important to educate others about rare diseases such as her own. As noted on the Guinness Book of World Records website, Gelgi says her height intrigues people as they walk past her on the street. Most of them are kind to the girl and support her when they first meet.

In her free time, Gelgi enjoys eating well with her family and prefers swimming, which helps her to relax. Her family is proud that the girl entered the Guinness Book of Records.

The tallest living man is Sultan Kesen, who also hails from Turkey. He is 251 cm (8 ft 2.8 in) tall.

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