November 24, 2020

World’s shortest woman wants to be Bollywood star

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NAGPUR, India (AP) — A high school student in central India was recognised as the world’s shortest woman by Guinness World Records on Friday as she turned 18 and said she hopes to earn a degree and make it in Bollywood.

Jyoti Amge stood just 62.8 centimeters (24.7 inches) tall — shorter than the average 2-year-old — when Guinness representatives visiting from London measured her at a ceremony attended by about 30 relatives and friends in the town of Nagpur, in Maharashtra state.

A teary-eyed Amge, dressed in one of her finest saris, called the honor an “extra birthday present” and said she felt grateful for being small, as it had brought her recognition. After receiving a plaque, she and her guests cut a birthday cake.

“I have put Nagpur on the world map. Now everyone will know where it is,” said Amge, who says she dreams of one day becoming a Bollywood film star as well as pursuing a university degree after she finishes high school this year. I want to be an actor,” she said.

She measured seven centimeters (2.76 inches) shorter than 22-year-old American Bridgette Jordan, who had held the title
since September.

Jyoti encourages us all to look beyond mere
size and to just celebrate our differences,” Guinness adjudicator Rob Molloy said.

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