Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Student is world's shortest woman

Jyoti Amge celebrates after gaining the title of the shortest woman in the world in Nagpur, India (AP)

A student in central India who has been recognised as the world's shortest woman by Guinness World Records said she hopes to earn a degree and make it in Bollywood.

Jyoti Amge, who turned 18 on Friday, stood just 62.8cm tall - shorter than the average two-year-old - when Guinness representatives measured her at a ceremony attended by about 30 relatives and friends in the town of Nagpur, Maharashtra state.

A tearful Ms Amge, dressed in one of her finest saris, called the honour an "extra birthday present" and said she felt grateful for being small as it had brought her recognition. After receiving a plaque, she and her guests cut a birthday cake.

"I have put Nagpur on the world map. Now everyone will know where it is," said Ms Amge, who says she dreams of one day becoming a Bollywood film star as well as pursuing a university degree after she finishes high school this year. "I want to be an actor," she said.

She measured seven centimetres shorter than 22-year-old American Bridgette Jordan, who had held the title since September.

"Jyoti encourages us all to look beyond mere size and to just celebrate our differences," Guinness adjudicator Rob Molloy said.

This was not her first Guinness record. Until Friday she was considered the world's shortest teenager, but in turning 18 qualified for the new title. She has grown less than one centimetre in the last two years, Guinness said in a statement, and will grow no more due to a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia.

Her teenage title brought the chance for multiple Guinness-sponsored trips to Japan and Italy for tours and meetings with other record holders, she said.

The title of shortest woman in history continues to be held by Pauline Musters, who lived in the Netherlands from 1876 to 1895 and stood 61cm tall.

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