World's tallest woman searching for Bay Area tech job, inspires others to dream big

At just over seven feet, Rumeysa Gelgi holds five titles for the Guinness World Records, including largest hands on a female.

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Saturday, November 12, 2022
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The world's tallest woman is in the Bay Area, not only looking for a tech job but educating about a rare disease and inspiring confidence in others.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The world's tallest woman is in the Bay Area right now, not only looking for a tech job but educating others about a rare disease and inspiring confidence in others.

For 25-year-old Rumeysa Gelgi, the past several weeks in the Bay Area have been filled with new experiences.

"I visited Apple Park which was the highlight of my trip so far!" she beamed.

Rumeysa who is from Turkey, is visiting family in San Jose and the U.S. for the first time. She is anything but your average tourist. A video on her Instagram shows her explaining how she holds titles five titles for the Guinness World Records including largest hands on a female, and tallest at just over seven feet.

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Her height though, has come with a lifetime of challenges.

"I have weaver syndrome which is a very rare genetic disorder," she says. "There are only 150 cases worldwide and I am the first diagnosed case in Turkey."

Rumeysa's visit, in collaboration with Guinness, isn't just about seeing the sights and shooting videos for the organization. She's spreading a message of determination to others. She's showing the world that anything is possible.

"Lack of muscles which doesn't allow me to physical independence, so that's why I'm a physically disabled person who spends most time in a wheelchair. I'm one of those people who thinks, even if you're born, or have something that looks negative at first - anyone can turn it into something positive for themselves."

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Trained as a web developer, Rumeysa also hopes in the next few months she'll land her first full-time tech job.

"The Bay Area is the most perfect place for every tech worker in the world!" she says.

Until then, she credits her super supportive parents for her success so far and leaves us with this message to the world.

"I want to tell everyone who's struggles with being different, never, never give up going forward and never stop believing in yourself. I'm pretty sure you can make a difference in this world."

We have a feeling that positive mindset and confidence will go a long way in making her American dreams happen.

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