Towering Presence: Who Are The World's Tallest Women?

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According to 24-year-old Rumeysa Gelgi from Turkey, who has recently made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's tallest woman, "every disadvantage can be turned into an advantage for yourself", so it is important to "accept yourself for who you are".
Rumeysa, who is 215.16cm (almost 7ft 1in) tall, was first awarded the title tallest female teenager back in 2014, when she was aged 18. Interestingly, the tallest living male is also from Turkey - his name is Sultan Kösen and his height is 251cm (8ft 2in).
Check out Sputnik's gallery to learn more about the world's tallest women and their achievements.
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The world's tallest woman, Rumeysa Gelgi (215.16cm) poses with her mother Safiye Gelgi during a news conference outside their home in Safranbolu, Karabuk province, Turkey, on 14 October 2021.

The world's tallest woman, Rumeysa Gelgi (215.16cm) poses with her mother Safiye Gelgi during a news conference outside their home in Safranbolu, Karabuk province, Turkey, on 14 October 2021. - Sputnik International
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The world's tallest woman, Rumeysa Gelgi (215.16cm) poses with her mother Safiye Gelgi during a news conference outside their home in Safranbolu, Karabuk province, Turkey, on 14 October 2021.

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Russian volleyball player Yekaterina Gamova towers above her teammates at an impressive 202cm (6ft 8in).

Russian volleyball player Yekaterina Gamova towers above her teammates at an impressive 202cm (6ft 8in). - Sputnik International
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Russian volleyball player Yekaterina Gamova towers above her teammates at an impressive 202cm (6ft 8in).

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Brazil's tallest woman is Elisane Silva from Salinopolis at 206cm (6ft 9in).

Brazil's tallest woman is Elisane Silva from Salinopolis at 206cm (6ft 9in). - Sputnik International
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Brazil's tallest woman is Elisane Silva from Salinopolis at 206cm (6ft 9in).

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Brittney Griner, 206cm (6ft 9in) of Phoenix Mercury basketball team competes during the Skills Challenge of the WNBA All-Star Friday Night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on 26 July 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Brittney Griner, 206cm (6ft 9in) of Phoenix Mercury basketball team competes during the Skills Challenge of the WNBA All-Star Friday Night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on 26 July 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. - Sputnik International
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Brittney Griner, 206cm (6ft 9in) of Phoenix Mercury basketball team competes during the Skills Challenge of the WNBA All-Star Friday Night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on 26 July 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Actress Lindsay Kay Hayward 203cm (6ft 8in) attends Kickball For A Home - Celebrity Challenge Presented By the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption at the University of Southern California on 16 August 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Actress Lindsay Kay Hayward 203cm (6ft 8in) attends Kickball For A Home - Celebrity Challenge Presented By the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption at the University of Southern California on 16 August 2014 in Los Angeles, California. - Sputnik International
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Actress Lindsay Kay Hayward 203cm (6ft 8in) attends Kickball For A Home - Celebrity Challenge Presented By the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption at the University of Southern California on 16 August 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

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Soviet basketball player Ulyana Semenova (formerly ranked 1st at 213cm (7ft) after competitions in 1979.

Soviet basketball player Ulyana Semenova (formerly ranked 1st at 213cm (7ft) after competitions in 1979. - Sputnik International
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Soviet basketball player Ulyana Semenova (formerly ranked 1st at 213cm (7ft) after competitions in 1979.

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Russian basketball player Maria Stepanova is a heady 203cm (6ft 8in) with her son Nikolai (left), April 2013.

Russian basketball player Maria Stepanova is a heady 203cm (6ft 8in) with her son Nikolai (left), April 2013. - Sputnik International
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Russian basketball player Maria Stepanova is a heady 203cm (6ft 8in) with her son Nikolai (left), April 2013.

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One of the world's tallest women, Sandy Allen at 231cm (7ft 7in), stands with Stephen Day, president of the Guinness World Records' Taiwan museum, in a photo taken on 31 December 1996. She died on 13 August 2008.

One of the world's tallest women, Sandy Allen at 231cm (7ft 7in), stands with Stephen Day, president of the Guinness World Records' Taiwan museum, in a photo taken on 31 December 1996. She died on 13 August 2008. - Sputnik International
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One of the world's tallest women, Sandy Allen at 231cm (7ft 7in), stands with Stephen Day, president of the Guinness World Records' Taiwan museum, in a photo taken on 31 December 1996. She died on 13 August 2008.

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Russian basketball player Yekaterina Lisina 206cm (6ft 9in) at Bosco Sport boutique in Moscow, 2012.

Russian basketball player Yekaterina Lisina 206cm (6ft 9in) at Bosco Sport boutique in Moscow, 2012. - Sputnik International
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Russian basketball player Yekaterina Lisina 206cm (6ft 9in) at Bosco Sport boutique in Moscow, 2012.

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China's Yao Defen at 230cm (7ft 6in) was recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's tallest woman until she died 13 November 2012. Here she is on 18 May 2002 thanking doctors and nurses at the Sanjiu hospital in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, where she had been undergoing treatment to halt her growth.

China's Yao Defen at 230cm (7ft 6in) was recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's tallest woman until she died 13 November 2012. Here she is on 18 May 2002 thanking doctors and nurses at the Sanjiu hospital in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, where she had been undergoing treatment to halt her growth. - Sputnik International
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China's Yao Defen at 230cm (7ft 6in) was recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's tallest woman until she died 13 November 2012. Here she is on 18 May 2002 thanking doctors and nurses at the Sanjiu hospital in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, where she had been undergoing treatment to halt her growth.

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Polish basketball player Malgorzata Dydek towers above teammates and opponents at 218cm (7ft 2in) as she congratulates the Australian team for beating Poland 76-48 during women's quarterfinal match at the Superdome during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Polish basketball player Malgorzata Dydek towers above teammates and opponents at 218cm (7ft 2in) as she congratulates the Australian team for beating Poland 76-48 during women's quarterfinal match at the Superdome during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. - Sputnik International
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Polish basketball player Malgorzata Dydek towers above teammates and opponents at 218cm (7ft 2in) as she congratulates the Australian team for beating Poland 76-48 during women's quarterfinal match at the Superdome during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

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Actress Erika 'Amazon Eve' Ervin stands proud at 202cm (6ft 7in) at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California, 2016. After all, she can almost certainly boast the biggest shoes at the glamorous event, taking an imposing Size 14.

Actress Erika 'Amazon Eve' Ervin stands proud at 202cm (6ft 7in) at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California, 2016. After all, she can almost certainly boast the biggest shoes at the glamorous event, taking an imposing Size 14. - Sputnik International
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Actress Erika 'Amazon Eve' Ervin stands proud at 202cm (6ft 7in) at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California, 2016. After all, she can almost certainly boast the biggest shoes at the glamorous event, taking an imposing Size 14.

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