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Jyoti Amge – Small Size, Big Achievements

“Regular people should not underestimate people who are small. In every aspect, they can do the things that normal people can.”

Jyoti Kisange Amge (16 December 1993) is an Indian woman holding Limca Book of Records and Guinness Book of Records for being the smallest living woman in the world with a recorded height of 62.8 cms (2feet 0.6inch). Her limited height is due to a growth abnormality called Achondroplasia. After being noted in Guinness World Records; Amge featured in the 2009 documentary entitled: Body Shook: Two Foot Tall Teen. She was a guest participant on Big Boss 6 an Indian Television show. Along with Teo Mammucari she co-hosted the Italian channel named Chanale 5 in 2012. In the same year, she got an opportunity to meet the world’s shortest man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi of Nepal ad posted together for the 57th edition of the Guinness World Record 2013. In 2014, she appeared in the fourth season of America Horror Story freak show and appeared in 12 episodes of the show. In 2015 she received an honorable Russian International Horror Film Award. She considers, “People like me might be small in stature, but they can also act.” She was the winner of the 2010 and 2011 smallest girl title. Her wax statue is present in the celebrity wax museum in Lonavala, India.

“I would like to be an actress in Hollywood and win an Oscar. The only difference is my height.”

Despite knowing the act that she suffers from a form of dwarfism her parents raised her like any other child. She attended a regular school where she was treated equally except the fact that she had her miniature chair and desk. Her items like clothes, shoes, jewelry, plates, utensils, bed, and other accessories were custom made and designed separately.

“When people see me on TV, they become very happy because they don’t have to interact with me. When they start interacting with me, they ask me questions like I’m a baby or treat me like I’m a baby and hold me like I’m a baby, and that’s what they do wrong.”

Lie lesson- Dwarfism can affect our body in many ways which include bowed legs, breathing problem, lower back pain or leg numbness, reduced muscle tone and delayed motor skill development, the curvature of the spine, limited joint flexibility and arthritis or even recurring ear infections and risk of hearing loss. But winners like her live life unapologetically. They don’t feel sorry about themselves, they embrace life, accept the present situation, stay strong, don’t allow people to label them, knows their weaknesses but focuses on their strengths/ talents, challenge themselves to learn something new and live a unique, wonderful life full of meaning and purpose. She believes, “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.”

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