Since we’ve already covered the male giants, it’s only fair that the fair sex also gets a shot at this huge undertaking. All size jokes aside, the ladies are up there with the dudes (promise, that was the last one), measuring well over 2m. If you’re even a little bit curious about who are/were the 9 tallest women on earth – just keep reading!
Yao Defen (China)
Yao Defen’s height was 7’8” (2.34 m), which granted her the official status of the tallest woman in the world. Yao was born in a poor Chinese family, and started off as a normal-sized kid, right until she was consuming three times more food than the rest of the kids. By eleven she reached 6’2” (1.88 m), which is about my height, by the way. Like in most of these giants, her incredible height was caused by a tumor in her pituitary gland. Yao managed to live a more or less happy life and died at the age of 40, in 2012.
Margo Dydek (Poland)
Margo Dydek was a famous Polish basketball player, measuring 7’2” (2.18 m) tall. Dydek is currently the tallest professional female basketball player in history. Sadly she suffered a heart attack in 2011 and died, leaving her husband and two sons on their own in Brisbane, Australia.
Malee Duangdee (Thailand)
Till August of 2016, Malee Duangdee was the tallest woman in Thailand, and the 2nd tallest woman in all of Asia. Her height was 6’10” (2.08 m), and unfortunately for her, the taller you are the more chances you have to get a heart attack.
Sun Fang (China)
Sun Fang was born in ’87, and is currently the tallest woman in China at 7’3” (2.21 m), and the tallest living woman in the world. Sun Fang actually often mistaken for Yao Defen because they look quite similar.
Alicia Jay (United States)
Hey, look, it’s not yet another b-ball player! Alicia Jay, 6’6” in (1.98m) tall, is a famous fashion blogger, also known as the world’s tallest virgin. She says that dating has been difficult because of her height, which should not be a surprise, and that she is still waiting for the right guy. I’d say in a couple of years her story could become a Disney movie.
Rumeysa Gelgi (Turkey)
Doctors diagnosed Rumeysa with a rare disorder known as Weaver Syndrome, which causes rapid growth. And now she is known as the tallest teenager in the world at 7 feet (2.13 m). Some short people may think she was blessed, but in reality she’s already using walking sticks because gravity hurts, you short lucky bastards
Elisany Silva (Brazil)
Meet a 18-year old Brazilian model – Elisany Silva, measuring 6’9” (2.06 m) tall. Although she’s still a teen, she’s already planning her wedding and, of course, having kids. Elisany is worried that she might have problems conceiving because of the tumor she had, but adoption is very much still an option for her.
Uliana Semionova (Soviet Union)
Uliana Semionova – a near-legendary Soviet-Latvian basketball player of the 70s and 80s, won multiple championships in the Soviet Union and Europe, as well as gold medals for USSR in 1976 and 1980 Olympics. At 6’11” in (2.10 m) Uliana is, of course, not the tallest female basketball player, but… she did have the biggest shoe size – 21 (US) / 58 (EU)!
Zeng Jinlian (China)
And finally, #1 tallest woman who ever lived – Zeng Jinlian. There were only 17 people who reached 8 feet (2.44 m) tall and Zeng Jinlian is the only woman among them. Sadly, she didn’t even live long enough to see her 18th birthday. She died in 1982 at the age of 17, measuring 8’2” (2.49 m) tall.