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The World’s Tallest 7-ft Woman Has Taken to the Skies for the First Time as an Airline Removes 6 Seats for Her

Being on a plane, tens of thousands of feet up in the air while crammed into a cramped coach seat, can get uncomfortable for most of us. But for 25-year-old Rumeysa Gelgi, not even the most spacious first-class seat in the world has ever been able to accommodate her lofty stature. But the long-awaited day has finally come, making her dream to take to the skies a reality.

Traveling has always been impossible for her.

Rumeysa Gelgi had never been able to travel on a plane before due to her towering height, which is the result of a rare genetic disorder called Weaver syndrome that causes bone overgrowth. She is only the 27th confirmed case in history. Even as a child, Gelgi has been too large to fit in any airline seat.

Her dream of flying finally came true.

Gelgi has finally been able to board an aircraft for the first time in her life after special adjustments were made to allow her to fly in comfort to San Francisco for 13 hours. In fact, the airlines ripped out 6 seats to accommodate her height of 7’7″ (215.16 cm) by replacing them with a specially-made stretcher to ensure she could stretch her legs.

Ms. Gelgi wanted to fly to San Francisco to advance her career in software development and promote Guinness World Record events while advocating for those with rare conditions. She will be in the United States for at least 6 months.

She was listed 5 times in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The record holder first made headlines back in 2014 when she was listed in the Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest living teenager before she was crowned the world’s tallest woman in 2021. The activist also holds 3 other records, registering the longest finger on a living female person, the largest hands on a living female person, and the longest back on a living female person.

She is an inspiration for others with rare conditions.

For Gelgi, every disadvantage can be turned into an advantage. She actually accepts herself as she is, as she thinks that being different is not a bad thing, and it can bring unexpected success. In fact, upon the receipt of her Guinness World Record certificate, she proudly stated, “My height provides me with easy access to high places, and looking down at people from above isn’t a bad thing either!” She added, “I’ve just fulfilled a lifelong dream that most people would take for granted.”

In spite of the teasing she suffered earlier in her life, the world record-holder is now emboldened by her towering stature. Her indomitable spirit is an inspiration, and she actually uses her platform to spread awareness about her case and advocate for others with rare conditions.

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Preview photo credit rumeysagelgi / Instagram
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