I like being different, it makes me feel special’: 7ft girl named world’s tallest teenager
A Turkish girl who stands at 7ft tall has been officially declared the world’s tallest female teenager.
Rumeysa Gelgi, 17, is 213.6cm (7ft 0.09in) tall, and was awarded the Guinness World Record in a special presentation in her hometown of Safranbolu, Karabük.
Rumeysa’s height is caused by Weaver’s Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes bones to grow rapidly.
But the high school student said despite suffering taunts in the past for how she looks, she is no longer bothered by other people’s negativity.
‘I like being different from everyone else. It’s interesting and makes me feel special,’ she said
‘It also provides me with easy access to high places, and looking down at people from above isn’t a bad thing either!’
Rumeysa’s condition means that she has mobility problems, for which she uses a walking frame and custom-built wheelchair.
Guinness World Records Official Seyda Subasi-Gemici praised the teenager for her positive outlook.
‘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,’ she said.
The tallest living person is also Turkish, 8ft 3in Sultan Kösen, but Rumeysa has been told she is unlikely to keep growing.