We may all be different in personality, but our sizes can sometimes be as big or as different as our personalities. Some people may view taller people as an overwhelming site, but there are others who appreciate the height of taller than average people and will even go as far a taking pictures with them. Although the shock of someone being that tall is amazing, some of these giants are true wonders where they are from. Taller than average women usually make people stop and stare, because they are not ordinary. However, tall women, do get to enjoy more things than shorter women, such as sports or modeling. Look at the list of the tallest women below to see how their uniqueness has inspired those around them.
Top 10 Tallest Women in the World in 2018
10. Heather Greene – 6.5.5
American born, Heather Greene earned her title as being one of The World’s Tallest Women. Unlike many other women, Heather has been tall most of her life. She first reached 6’5 ½ by the time she was fifteen years old. Once this giant woman puts heels on, she reaches more than seven feet. Heather loves taking pictures next to average height men and women and even has her own website. At Heatherhaven.com, she posts pictures of herself, showing off her height. She has also been featured as a model on various websites as well as being featured on The Amazons Arena, Tallkat.com, and Cassidy Heights. Heather’s nickname is “the biggest woman,” and she many hobbies that she enjoy doing in her free time, which include, water sports, traveling, painting, and skiing.
9. Rita Miniva Besa – 6’8
Rita Miniva Besa comes in at 6 feet and eight inches tall and is very well known in her country of Zimbabwe, where she was born. Her height has benefitted her the ability to play basketball and today she makes a living as a basketball player in the WNBA. She is not only the tallest woman in the world, but also the tallest woman in the WNBA. The average height for a basketball player in the WNBA is 6 feet tall. She is on The World’s Tallest Woman in the World list at number nine.
8. Caroline Welz – 6’9
German native, Caroline Welz is 6 feet and 9 inches tall and is known as an inspiration in her country. She is known to not be ashamed of how she looks and encourages others to embrace their differences. Even though there are many tall people in Germany who are over six feet tall, Caroline is the tallest of all of them. Caroline stands at number eight for being The Tallest Woman in the World.
7. Malee Duangdee – 6’10
Before she died in 2016 from a heart attack, Malee Duangdee was known as the tallest woman in Asia. She was also on the Tallest Woman in the World List as number seven, because of a tumor in her pituitary gland. Malee was reported to have had health issues ever since she was nine years old after being diagnosed with the tumor. She had heart disease and high blood pressure because of the tumor that made her grow so tall. With her father being a poor paid farmer, he could not afford to get her treated and eventually Malee lost her sight. In 2009, the Guinness Book of World Records, as the tallest woman in the world. Before she died, she lived with her family in Bo Rai district and worked at a rubber plantation. She was 24 years old when she died.
6. Gitika Srivastava – 6’11
Measuring in at 6 feet and 11 inches, Gitika Srivastava is from India and is considered a true inspiration for the people of India. She used to play basketball for the Indian National Women Basketball team, but now she is a successful businesswoman. However, her father who was also a basketball player, measured in at 7 feet and 4 inches tall, which means that the tall gene was passed down to Gitika. Gitika is number six on the list of The Tallest Woman in the World.
5. Uljana Semjonova – 7’1
A retired Soviet-Latvian basketball player, Uljana, stands 7 feet and one inch. She was known as the best women’s basketball player in the world during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Uljana Semjonova is also known as having the largest feet ever in women’s basketball, wearing a men’s size 21 shoe. For almost all of her career, she played for TTT Riga, which was a part of Daugava Voluntary Sports Society. She won 15 championships in the Soviet Union as well as the European Champion’s Cup 15 times.
Uljana also won two Olympic gold medals for the USSR in 1976 and 1980 and never lost a game in official international competition. She was awarded The Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1976 and was the first non-U.S. woman to be enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1999, she became an inaugural member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in the class of 1999. At number five on the list of The Tallest Woman in the World, goes to Uljana Semjonova.
4. Zainab Bibi – 7’2
Zainab Bibi, who stands 7 feet and 2 inches tall, is from Pakistan. However, because her family is annoyed with her height, she moved to Britain, after filing a petition to stay in an asylum in 2009. She stays in a council flat that is rent free in Greater Manchester. Since filing for the petition, it has been rejected. The Tallest Woman in the World spot at number for is Zainab.
3. Malgorzata Dydek – 7’2
Malgorzata Dydek was an American born basketball player and stood at 7 feet and 2 inches. Born in 1974, Malgorzata was known as Margo Dydek in the United States and was a Polish professional basketball player. She was known around the world as the tallest professional basketball player in the world. After getting married and getting pregnant with her third child, Margo Dydek suffered a heart attack and had to be placed into a medically induced coma at a Brisbane Hospital. She never regained consciousness and died eight days later along with the baby. Margo Dydek was 37 years when she died. She is also on the list of The World’s Tallest Woman in the World at number 3.
2. Sandy Allen – 7’7
American, Sandy Allen, was 7 feet and 7 inches and suffered from the disease Gigantism. She had appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records since 1976 and had even written a book, title, “Cast a Giant Shadow.” Her abnormal height came because of a tumor in her pituitary gland and if she hadn’t gone through surgery when she was 22, she would have continued to grow and go through even more severe health issues.
In her life, she appeared in films, such as, Side Show and a New Zealand band, called Split Enz, even wrote a song about her, called “Hello Sandy Allen,” in 1982 on their album Time and Tide. In the later years before her death, Sandy used a wheelchair, because her back and legs could not support her weight, due to her tall stature. She died from kidney failure in 2008 at the age of 53. Sandy comes in at number two on the list of The Tallest Woman in the World.
1. Yao Defen – 7’8
Before her death in 2012, Yao Defen was the tallest living woman in the world. She suffered from a tumor in her pituitary gland, which caused her to get the disease gigantism. Yao was born to poor farmers and weighed in at six pounds and two and ounces at birth. There were many companies that tried to train her to be a sports star after her diagnoses, but she was too weak to play sports, and soon traveled with her father performing. Yao Defen suffered from acromegaly, but there were doctors who had agreed to help her and had even given her a six month supply of medicine in hopes of helping her improve her condition, so she could undergo surgery. She died in 2012 at the age of 40. Yao Defen is on the list of being number one of being The Tallest Woman in the World.
Over the years, the world has seen the differences of many people, that were so unique, that the world recognized them. The tallest women in the world are truly unique and recognized as such, because, they were unlike any other woman in their community. Though some of these women have severe health problems, they live life knowing that they inspire others to accept who they are and where they come from. They changed the views of the world, just by being tall and whether they meant to or not, they captured the hearts of those around them.