Guinness World Records adjudicator Rob Molloy, and Dr. Manoj Pahukar of Wockhardt hospital measured Jyoti Amge at a press conference in Nagpur, India, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Amge, 18, was declared shortest woman in the world measuring 62.8 centimeters (24.7 inches) by the Guinness World Records. Jyoti weighs just 12lbs (5.5kg) - only 9lbs more than she did at birth - and has a form of dwarfism call achondroplasia, which stopped her growing after her first birthday.
She took the Guinness World Record from 2ft 3in American Bridgette Jordan, and celebrated her birthday with a teddy bear which loomed over her tiny 24.4in frame.
She measured 7 centimeters (2.76 inches) shorter than the 22-year-old American Bridgette Jordan, who had held the title since September. This was not Amge's first Guinness record. Until Friday she was considered the world's shortest teenager, but in turning 18 qualified for the new title. The title of shortest woman in history continues to be held by Pauline Musters, who lived in the Netherlands from 1876 to 1895 and stood 61 centimeters (24 inches) tall.
A teary-eyed Jyoti, 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. She also blew out candles on a birthday cake which was comfortably bigger than her.
"I want to be an actor," she said in front of reporters and Guinness judges visiting from London during the ceremony.
Amge, who is 24.7 inches tall, said she is happy her height has made her larger than life, with recognition from people across the globe.
"I have put Nagpur on the world map. Now everyone will know where it is," Amge said.
Even the Guinness World Records book at the ceremony came up to Jyoti's waist. She has brittle bones and is likely to need care for the rest of her life, but that has not stopped her tall ambitions of cracking the movie industry.
As a teenager at school in Nagpur, Jyoti had her own small desk and chair, but said the other students didn't treat her any differently. She also has to sleep in a specially-made bed and uses utensils that are smaller than average.
Jyoti insists in being treated like a normal young woman, and likes nothing more than doing her make-up, going clothes shopping with friends or enjoying DVDs. As she celebrated turning 18, Jyoti said: 'It's been my dream to be recognised as the world's smallest woman for many years. I'm now a woman so I hope I don't have to wait much longer!'
She was officially crowned the world's shortest woman at a Guinness World Records ceremony in Nagpur with her mother Ranjana