Bridgette Jordan is the world’s shortest woman, Guinness World Records said on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old student from Sandoval, Illinois, stands at just 2ft 3in (69 cm) tall. She broke the record of Elif Kocaman, from Kadirli, Turkey, who measured 2 ft 4.58 in (72.6 cm).
Bridgette now also holds the record for the ‘Shortest Living Siblings’ alongside her 20-year-old brother Brad who is 3ft 2in tall.
However, Jordan’s reign as the world’s shortest woman could be short-lived.
Currently, Guinness recognizes Jyoti Amge, 17, of Nagpur, India, as the world’s shortest teenager. Amge measures just 2 feet tall. If she maintains that height when she turns 18, Guinness may give her the honor as the world’s shortest woman. But for now, the crown is Jordan’s.
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.
On her record-breaking achievement Bridgette says: “It feels awesome. It’s great to be small”.
Her brother Brad adds: “hopefully this will go a little way to helping people realize it’s OK to be different”.