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    A woman with more than 7 foot tall named the tallest woman in the world

    Rumeysa Gelgi aTurkish woman from Karabük Province who stands at more than 7 foot tall has been officially named the tallest woman alive, Guinness World Records has announced.

    She said that she hoped her 7ft 0.7in (215.16cm) stature, which is the result of a condition called Weaver syndrome that causes accelerated growth, could help to inspire other people to accept themselves.

    The 24-year-old also achieved a world record in 2014, when she was named the tallest teenager alive, and has since used her platform to advocate for others with rare conditions.

    Due to mobility problems related to her condition, Ms Gelgi mostly uses a wheelchair to move around – although she can walk with the help of a walking frame.

    Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief at Guinness World Records, said that it was an “honour” to welcome her back into the record books.

    The tallest woman to have ever been recorded was Zeng Jinlian, from Hunan Province, China, who was measured at 8ft 1in (246.3cm) before her death in 1982.

     

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