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Meet world’s shortest woman: She’s 24.7 inches tall

Turning 18 marks a major milestone in the life of any young women, but Jyoti Amge finds herself the subject of some added hoopla today – she is now officially the World’s Shortest Living Woman.Representatives from Guinness World Records traveled to Jyoti’s hometown of Nagpur, India, today to acknowledge her entry into adulthood — and her new entry into its world records. Standing at 24.7 i
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Turning 18 marks a major milestone in the life of any young women, but Jyoti Amge finds herself the subject of some added hoopla today – she is now officially the World’s Shortest Living Woman.

Representatives from Guinness World Records traveled to Jyoti’s hometown of Nagpur, India, today to acknowledge her entry into adulthood — and her new entry into its world records. Standing at 24.7 inches, she displaced 2-foot-3-inch American Bridgette Jordan as the world record holder.

“It is wonderful to celebrate my 18th birthday with a new world record; it’s like an added birthday present,” the pretty brunette with a 10-foot smile said in a statement. “I feel grateful to be this size; after all, if I weren’t small and had not achieved these world records, I might never have been able to visit Japan and Europe, and many other wonderful countries.”

Small size, big dreams

While Jyoti has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia that has limited her growth — she’s grown just a third of an inch since she was hailed the World’s Shortest Teenager in 2009, and isn’t expected to grow any further — she makes it clear big dreams can come with a small size.

Jyoti plans to pursue her college degree and then seek fame on the big screen in Bollywood film productions. And even though she can look a 2-year-old in the eye, Jyoti is a clotheshorse: She designs her own clothes and jewelry to fit her size.

Jyoti was a vision in a striped sari and necklace at her awards ceremony today, attended by 30 friends and family members. After receiving her plaque and cutting a birthday cake, the 2-foot teen took a moment to brag about her hometown.