split image of Jyotis 30th birthday

Happy birthday to the world’s shortest woman living, Jyoti Amge (India, b. 16 December 1993), who is turning 30 years old.

Jyoti plans to celebrate the milestone at home with her friends and family.

“I will be enjoying it a lot, having some fun as well as playing games,” she revealed.

Jyoti said that the best birthday present she’s ever received was a “surprise gift” on her 18th birthday, when the Guinness World Records team paid her a visit to officially confirm her as the world’s shortest woman.

She also fondly remembers another occasion when she was given a life-size birthday cake: “A big birthday cake of my height was gifted to me surprisingly by my American friends,” she recalls.

As for this year, Jyoti hopes to receive a “new luxury car” from her parents.

Jyoti at age 2 (left) and 4 (right)

Jyoti at age 5 (left) and 7 (right)

The past decade has been an eventful one for Jyoti, who achieved many of her childhood dreams in her twenties.

She said that one of her favourite moments was featuring in the fourth season of American Horror Story: Freak Show, which earned her the title of world’s shortest actress.

Another highlight for her was when she appeared as a guest participant on Bigg Boss (India’s version of reality TV show Big Brother).

Jyoti at age 10 (left) and 13 (right)

At age 15, Jyoti was awarded the title of shortest teenager living, measuring 61.95 cm (2 ft). Remarkably, at just 5.4 kg (12 lb), she weighed only 4 kg (9 lb) more than her birth weight.

Jyoti, who stands at just 62.8 cm (24.7 in) tall, has also travelled to many different countries since being awarded her world record.

In 2012, she ticked an item off her bucket list by visiting London, where she met the world’s shortest man ever, Chandra Bahadur Dangi (Nepal; 1939–2015). At a height of 54.6 cm (21.5 in), Chandra was the first adult shorter than Jyoti that she’d ever encountered.

"When I met the shortest man in the world and got to know him, I felt very happy," Jyoti said. "I felt more included and more satisfied that there is somebody like me too."

Jyoti aged 18

A year later, Jyoti jetted off to New York City, where she was shown around by Guinness World Records Adjudicator Mike Janela. 

“She may be the shortest living woman, but Jyoti Amge is one of the biggest personalities we have in the Guinness World Records universe,” Mike said.

Despite being smaller than one of New York’s fire hydrants, Jyoti was the centre of attention wherever she went.

“I got excited,” she said, “because when people see me and recognize me, they all want to take a photograph with me.”

All of Jyoti's jewellery and clothes are custom made to fit her diminutive frame

Jyoti aged 28

In 2018, six years after meeting the world’s shortest man, she travelled to Egypt to meet the world’s tallest man living, Sultan Kösen (Türkiye). At a height of 251 cm (8 ft 2.8 in), Sultan is four times taller than Jyoti.

After having met both Chandra and Sultan, Jyoti said: "I never knew people could be so oddly different. After meeting them I felt happy that there were others like me too."

Chandra Dangi (left) and Jyoti Amge (right)

More recently, Jyoti travelled to Milan, Italy, to appear on our televised talent show, Lo Show Dei Record. Jyoti had also been on the show over a decade ago, back in 2012.

Next year, Jyoti plans to continue her globetrotting adventures: “I want to make a visit to the UK Guinness World Records office as well as the USA in 2024,” she said.

With such exciting plans for the upcoming year, we’ve no doubt that Jyoti’s thirties will be full of even more fun than her twenties!

Jyoti age 30

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