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Guinness World Records is diving deep into the life of Rumeysa Gelgi, the world’s tallest woman.

In our first feature-length documentary, we’ll follow the iconic record holder as she boards her first ever flight and heads to the United States.

Here’s everything you need to know about Rumeysa: Walking Tall, including when and where you can watch it.

What is Rumeysa: Walking Tall about?

Rumeysa: Walking Tall is Guinness World Records and GWR Studios’ first feature-length documentary and the inspirational story of the world’s tallest woman Rumeysa Gelgi.

The documentary sees her travel from her native Türkiye to the United States – flying for the first time – to spread her message of kindness and acceptance of those with visible differences.

Rumeysa has faced horrific bullying and health issues throughout her life, and battled the isolation that came along with both.

Rumeysa poses with the crew on her first flight

Now, she’s on a mission to make sure others like her don’t suffer alone.

Who is Rumeysa Gelgi and is she the tallest woman in the world?

Rumeysa was named the world’s tallest woman living in 2021, when she measured 215.16 cm (7 ft 0.7 in).

She was previously the tallest teenager (female).

Rumeysa being measured as the tallest woman

Rumeysa is 26 years old and is from Türkiye.

She works in the computer industry as a researcher and front-end developer but also acts as an advocate for people with visible differences.

Why is Rumeysa Gelgi so tall?

Rumeysa’s record-breaking height is caused by a very rare condition called Weaver syndrome, which causes bone overgrowth.

Rumeysa with a statue of tallest man ever Robert Wadlow

Experts have identified only around 50 people in the world who have the condition.

Weaver syndrome affects every person differently but can cause changes to the shape and appearance of the face and the size of the head.

It can also affect other muscles and parts of the body.

Rumeysa has had several operations because of her condition, as well as medical intervention to prevent her from growing any more.

Rumeysa with a Guinness World Records book

How many world records does Rumeysa Gelgi have?

Rumeysa currently holds five world records, and she used to hold another before she reached adulthood.

She was verified as the tallest teenager living (female) in 2014 when she measured at 213.6 cm (7 ft 0.09 in).

She’s now the tallest woman living at 215.16 cm (7 ft 0.7 in).

Rumeysa and her niece pose with a certificate

Rumeysa also holds records for:

Widest hand span on a living person (female) – 22.6 cm (8.9 in)

Longest finger on a living person (female) – 11.2 cm (4.40 in)

Largest hands on a living person (female) – 24.93 cm (9.81 in)

Longest back on a living person (female) – 59.90 cm (23.58 in)

Rumeysa hugs Samantha Ramsdell

Which record holders are in Rumeysa: Walking Tall?

Rumeysa meets a few of her fellow record holders during her travels to America.

Most notably, she spends time with Samantha Ramsdell, who holds the records for largest mouth gape (female) and widest mouth (female), Wildine Aumoithe, the shortest woman living (non-mobile) and shortest professional model, and Savanna Trapp-Blanchfield, a member of the tallest family.

Where was Rumeysa: Walking Tall filmed?

Rumeysa: Walking Tall was filmed on location at Rumeysa’s home in Karabük province, Türkiye, in San Jose, USA, and San Francisco, USA.

Rumeysa being filmed by GWR's Matthew Musson

Where to watch Rumeysa: Walking Tall

Rumeysa: Walking Tall will be available to stream from 21 December, exclusively on Rakuten TV.

It will be free to watch and available throughout Europe.

Rakuten TV can be accessed through your smart TV, the mobile app and on desktop.

Search for ‘Rakuten TV’ or go to

Rumeysa with her parents

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