Picture: The World's Shortest Living Woman, Two Feet Tall

| by Michael Allen

Jyoti Amge, an 18-year-old Indian student measuring just 62.8 centimeters, was confirmed as the world’s shortest living woman, Guinness World Records said on Friday.

Amge won the title as she celebrated her 18th birthday with family and friends in the city of Nagpur, 320 miles east of Mumbai in western India.

Rob Molloy, official adjudicator for Guinness World Records, told AFP: “She’s 62.8 centimeters. She was measured three times over the last 24 hours as height can vary slightly according to the time of day.

“Doctors measured her in our presence at three different times, both standing up and lying down. We took an average.”

“I’ve worked at Guinness World Records for eight years and I feel quite proud that I was the one to oversee the presentation of the certificate.”

Amge, who is currently also the world’s shortest teenager, wept with joy as she was presented with a certificate: “I’m very happy to get this record.”

Amge, who has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia that has restricted her height to that of an average four-month-old baby girl, has just finished her high school exams. She has expressed hopes of becoming a Bollywood actress, her father said.