Guinness World Records today announces a new 'Shortest Living Woman'.

Based in Sandoval, Illinois, USA, 22-year-old student Bridgette Jordan, stands at just 2ft 3in (69 cm) tall.

Bridgette also now holds the record for the 'Shortest Living Siblings' alongside her brother, 20-year-old Brad Jordan, who measures 3ft 2in tall.

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Bridgette and Brad's reduced height is caused by Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II.

Undeterred they both have full and active lives.

The siblings study at Kaskasia College. Brad's hobbies include karate, gymnastics, basketball and performing magic tricks. Bridgette enjoys dancing and cheerleading.

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On her record-breaking achievement Bridgette says: "It feels awesome. It's great to be small".

Her brother Brad adds: "hopefully this go a little way to helping people realise it's OK to be different"

Bridgette breaks the record of Elif Kocaman, from Kadirli, Turkey, who measured 2 ft 4.58 in (72.6 cm).

Jyoti Amge is currently recognised as the 'Shortest Teenager' standing at just 2 feet tall (61.95 cm).

Pics: Gary Parker/Guinness World Records.

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