Rumeysa Gelgi is the Guinness World Records title holder for the tallest living woman. She is also the previous holder of the tallest living female teenager.
In 2014, Rumeysa measured 2.1 meters. “My height is caused by my extreme rare syndrome, which is called Weaver Syndrome,” she says.
“Weaver syndrome is a random genetic mutation, it is so rare and I am the first case that I know of in Turkey,” she explains.
Rumeysa is also the only person in her family who is that tall.
Rumeysa’s niece, Zeynep Yakut, says that her aunt can be both serious and playful. “My aunt is a good hard-working person but when she plays with me her childish side comes out,” says Zeynep.
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Rumeysa says that her family and people around her are very supportive, excited, happy and, of course, so proud of her for having this new title.
“Some of the most difficult things about being so tall are especially the health problems that my syndrome and my height have brought me,” she says.
“So I was born with some serious physical diseases, such as scoliosis and also I'm a physically disabled person who is mostly wheelchair bound and I can walk only with my walker,” she adds.
Rumeysa explains that besides these physical challenges, she can find herself in weird situations related to her height and condition. She says she also had to deal with bullying when she was younger.
“Some of the advantages of being so tall are, first of all, it’s great being a Guinness World Record holder,” she says.
Rumeysa received her first record title in 2014 and since then she is using her title for advocacy reasons and that is what she is really grateful for.
“Also being the only woman with that kind of height makes me feel really special.
“I usually receive kind and supportive comments from people that I meet for the first time and some of them are nice enough to ask before taking pictures together,” she says.
She also mentions that although she receives so much support, sometimes she receives weird stares and questions from people but she believes that it is normal because her height and condition makes people intrigued.
“To relax, I prefer to have a Netflix and chill night especially with my mother. Going to a night out, going to a lovely meal with my family and also swimming helps me so much to relax.”
The tallest living man is Sultan Kösen, also from Turkey.
Rumeysa says that she has never met Sultan but she would like to if she gets the opportunity.
“Mine and Mr Kösen’s diagnoses are totally different, my height is caused by my very rare genetic syndrome, which is Weaver Syndrome. And as far as I know, Mr Kösen’s height is caused by a brain tumour, which was pressuring his hypothalamus,” says Rumeysa.
“Having a Guinness World Records title makes me feel proud, unique, and it motivates me to reach my goals and go further in life,” says Rumeysa.
She continues to say that being different is not that bad, it can make you achieve things you never imagined before.
“I personally believe that someone can turn their disabilities into an advantage for themselves. Accept yourself for who you are and be aware of your potential and do your best,” she says.