World’s Tallest Man And Shortest Woman Just Met For A Photoshoot

What do you get when the world’s tallest man and shortest woman meet for a photo shoot at the Egyptian pyramids? Cute pics, that’s what.

The idea for bringing the two together was conceived by the Egyptian tourism promotion board. The photos are garnering a significant amount of attention. And we can see why.

Recently 24-year-old Jyoti Amge from India met 35-year-old Sultan Kosen from Turkey. Amge is just over 2-feet tall; while Kosen stands at a staggering 8’1″.

Amge is about the size of one of his shoes. To her, Kosen must resemble a skyscraper. Talk about awkward. Short girls always feel this around tall folks, but none more so than Amge.

Her small hight was caused by a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia. This is a genetic disorder that results in short bone growth and disproportionate limbs. She was named the world’s shortest woman at the age of 18 when she weighed just 11 pounds.

Both Amge and Kosen must have many everyday items such as clothing, plates, dishes, utensils customized for their sizes. Like Amge, Kosen’s hight was caused by something called pituitary gigantism. This is where the pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone. This has caused his accessive hight and body growth.

Kosen was declared the world’s tallest man back in 2001 by the Guinness Book of World Records. He was the first person to be measured for this distinction in over 20 years. He also holds the record for the largest hands. From wrist to the tip of his middle finger, the distance measures an incredible 11.2 inches.

“I never imagined I would be in the book, I dreamed about it, but it was still a huge surprise,” Kosen said. Kosen perhaps shouldn’t be so shocked. He’s only one of ten people, according to Guinness to be recorded who stands at over 8 feet tall.

Kosen has participated in the Guinness World Records Day annual celebrations held in London. There, he’s met the world’s smallest man, 74-year-old Bahadur Dangi of Nepal. Despite the major differences in their physical appearances, Kosen and Dangi recognize the similarities and struggles they’ve each experienced.

Dangi is just 21.5 inches tall; he weighs only 32 pounds. He’s worked as a weaver in his Nepalese mountain village of Reemkholi. He hasn’t let his slight stature stop him from tending to livestock there.


Kosen talked about what it was like to meet Dangi for the first time: “To be able to finally meet Chandra after all this time is amazing,” Kosen said of Dangi. “Even though he is short and I am tall, we have had similar struggles throughout our lives, and when I look into Chandra’s eyes, I can see he’s a good man.”

What an awesome idea to get these two people together. The pictures might showcase their physical differences, but they have more in common than they could ever believe.

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