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At 2 meters 15 centimeters tall, Rumeysa Gelgi has always stood out. In mid-October, Guinness World Records officially said she was the world’s tallest living woman. Now she wants to use her record to celebrate differences.
“Being different is not that bad. It can make you achieve things you never imagined before,” the 24-year-old told reporters as she sat in her wheelchair in the town of Safranbolu, Turkey.
Gelgi was born with Weaver Syndrome, a rare genetic disease that causes rapid growth. She usually depends on a wheelchair or walking frame to move.
She hopes to use her title to raise awareness about rare genetic disorders such as Weaver Syndrome. And she has some advice for people who feel they are different.
“I personally believe that someone can turn their disabilities into an advantage for themselves. Accept yourself as who you are.” (Reuters)
This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.