TLC has been making specials about extraordinary things for quite some time now, but just recently, they shifted their focus and started making specials on extraordinary people, focusing on their special circumstances and their way of survival and living, with the hopes that the “overlooked” and the “misunderstood” are properly represented. Within this series, one particular special focused on height, specifically the height of Jyoti Amge, the World’s Smallest Woman (living).
Suffering from a genetic disorder called Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, at 26, Jyoti weighs 12 lbs and stands at 62.8 cms. Her height is so restricted that it will not go up anymore. However, that hasn’t stopped her from following her dreams of becoming an actress. She has done a few roles, in both Bollywood as well as Hollywood, but her most recognizable one is from ‘American Horror Story,’ where she played the role of Ma Petite in the fourth season, ‘Freak Show.’
Although Jyoti is the Smallest Woman Alive, she is not the smallest woman in history. That record is still held by Pauline Musters (1876-1895), a woman from the Netherlands, who measured at exactly 61 cms.