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12/16/2011 (3 years ago)

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Girl says she will now get college degree and pursue film career

Little more than two feet tall with a "10-foot smile," Jyoti Amge has turned 18, making her officially the world's smallest woman. Representatives from Guinness World Records traveled to Jyoti's hometown of Nagpur, India, to acknowledge her new entry into its world records. Standing at 24.7 inches, she displaced 2-foot-3-inch American Bridgette Jordan as the world's record holder.

Jyoti Amge lives her life like any young girl, hanging out with her sisters and friends. She has attended regular school since the age of four, sitting at a desk designed to accommodate her.

Jyoti Amge lives her life like any young girl, hanging out with her sisters and friends. She has attended regular school since the age of four, sitting at a desk designed to accommodate her.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/16/2011 (3 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Dwarfism, India, Bollywood, Guinness Book of World Records


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "It is wonderful to celebrate my 18th birthday with a new world record; it's like an added birthday present," Amge said in a statement. "I feel grateful to be this size; after all, if I weren't small and had not achieved these world records, I might never have been able to visit Japan and Europe, and many other wonderful countries."

Amge is afflicted with a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia. She's grown just a third of an inch since she was hailed the World's Shortest Teenager in 2009. Amge isn't expected to grow any further. This hasn't hindered her ambition. 

Amge plans to pursue her college degree and then seek fame on the big screen in Bollywood film productions. She also designs her own clothes and jewelry to fit her size.

In a striped sari and necklace at her awards ceremony, attended by friends and family members, she received her plaque and cut her birthday cake.

The young woman was full of hometown pride. "I have put Nagpur on a world map," she told the Associated Press. "Now everyone will know where it is."

Her father who noted that birthdays are always a big deal when it comes to his darling daughter. "This year is a special celebration and we expect more visitors than ever to Jyoti's birthday party," he said. "But it has always been this way; she's always been very popular.

"I am sure this year her birthday party will be very colorful and loud, just like Jyoti!"

Jyoti lives her life like any young girl, hanging out with her sisters and friends. She has attended regular school since the age of four, sitting at a desk designed to accommodate her.

Guinness World Records Adjudicator Rob Molloy adds that seeing Jyoti embrace her size can serve as a lesson for all. "Jyoti encourages us all to look beyond mere size and to just celebrate our differences," he said.

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