Meet the 29-Year-Old from India Who Is the World’s Shortest Woman and a Hollywood Actress
Jyoti Amge is the world’s shortest woman, but that doesn’t make her any less unique. Since she was young, this famous Indian girl has worked hard to pursue a career in acting, and despite people’s prejudices, Jyoti has now fulfilled her life’s ambitions.
Bright Side is actively looking for inspiring stories of this nature, so today we’ll take you along on the journey of the shortest girl in the world who made her dreams come true.
On December 16, 1993, Jyoti Kisanji Amge was born in Maharashtra, India. Jyoti’s mother, Ranjana, claims that she was a normal size at birth and in her early years of childhood. Jyoti’s growth actually stopped when she turned 5 and hasn’t changed since — aside from that, she’s continued to attend school with her average-sized peers.
Jyoti has never thought of her size as an obstacle, thanks to her family’s unwavering support. Whenever they are together, her family commonly carries her around, so she can see the world from their point of view. In fact, despite the difficulties that came with persisting in her education, her sister used to carry her around college, and that helped Jyoti finish her studies and graduate.
But Jyoti hasn’t always felt this way about her condition. “When she was not this famous, people used to tease her and make fun of her. She used to feel very dejected then,” her father spoke up. Jyoti’s perseverance and zeal mainly stem from her family, who have always backed her and supported her to continue on.
The cause of her stunted growth
“Doctors think the reason behind my height not increasing is a deficiency of growth hormones.” Her condition was later determined to be caused by achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism that prevents her from growing taller than a certain height.
A Guinness World Record girl
“She may be the shortest living woman, but Jyoti Amge is one of the biggest personalities we have in the Guinness World Records universe.” Jyoti officially became the shortest woman alive (mobile) after turning 18, and achieving this record has improved her self-esteem. She has said, “I feel well-liked, special, and important.”
“Measured by a doctor, she was just 61.95 cm (2 ft) tall, confirming her as the shortest living teenager (female). Remarkably, at just 5.4 kg, she weighed only 4 kg more than her birth weight,” the Guinness World Records claimed. Everything she uses or wears, like her accessories, cutlery, and plates, needs to be customized for her. Jyoti, on the other hand, puts a lot of effort into making the most of each situation and her exceptional stature.
In 2012, Jyoti Amge met the World’s Tallest Man, Sultan Kosen, and she posed with him for the 57th edition of the Guinness World Records.
“When I met the world’s tallest man, I was a little shocked,” she claimed in an interview, “I was thinking how can be someone so tall, and he was astonished to see me as well, but we are now very good friends.”
Her success and her acting dream
Jyoti not only rose to fame as an actress and influencer in her native India, but she’s also traveled the world, met a variety of people, and acted as a legitimate Guinness World Records ambassador. Her path has become more certain because she can finally realize her dream of becoming an actress.
Jyoti has appeared in international TV shows, both inside and outside of her home country, and she intends to pursue her acting career further. The world’s shortest girl did, in fact, appear in the popular series American Horror Stories: Freak Show. “People like me might be small in stature, but they can also act,” Jyoti said, adding, “Regular people should not underestimate people who are small.”
Although GWR’s recognition was crucial in helping her achieve success abroad, Jyoti has been making more efforts to realize her dreams and disprove those who think a girl of her stature can’t succeed in life.
Besides pursuing her career, Jyoti hopes to be a role model for anyone who lacks self-confidence. She hopes to inspire others to not let their differences impede their life plans. “To people like me: if you keep trying, you will definitely achieve all of your dreams.”
What do you think of Jyoti’s story? Do you think your size may keep you from achieving your goals?