'I would like to be an actress and win an Oscar': World's smallest woman dreams of making it big in Hollywood
10:49 GMT, 14 September 2012
She was named the world’s smallest woman last year, but Jyoti Amge has no intention of allowing her size to prevent her from fulfilling her dreams.
The 18-year-old, who is just 2ft 0.7in tall, has already appeared in a Bollywood movie and says she now plans on pursuing a career in Hollywood.
‘I am proud of being small,’ she said during an interview with The Sun. ‘I have the same thoughts and the same dreams as you.
Hollywood dreams: Jyoti Amge, who is officially the world's smallest woman, hopes to win an Oscar one day
Measuring up: The 18-year-old, from Nagpur, India, is just 2ft 0.7in tall
‘I would like to be an actress in Hollywood and win an Oscar. The only difference is my height.’
Jyoti, who was speaking through an interpreter, is currently promoting the launch of the 2013 edition of the Guinness World Records book.
The teenager, from Nagpur, India, has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, which stopped her growing after her first birthday.
Jyoti has brittle bones and is likely to need care for the rest of her life. She weighs just 12lbs (5.5kg), only 9lbs more than she did at birth, and is accompanied by her mother Ranjana, 54, or other friends and family every time she goes out.
Mini celebrity: Jyoti is currently promoting the launch of the 2013 edition of the Guinness World Records book
Pint-sized: Jyoti weighs just 12lbs, only 9lbs more than she did when she was born
‘The worst part about being so small is that I always have to rely on someone. I can’t go anywhere on my own, so I’m always dependent,’ she said.
‘I can’t run or walk too fast. If I was taller for a day, I’d just go off on my own independently.’
While Jyoti insists on being treated like a normal young woman, the one thing she isn’t interested in is finding a boyfriend.
‘I’m not looking for a boyfriend – but if I was, he’d have to be prepared to carry me around everywhere,’ she explains.
But Jyoti, who recently appeared in Bollywood film Pan Supari, does admit to having a celebrity crush.
Object of her affections: Jyoti has a crush on Bollywood actor Salman Khan, pictured with British actress Sienna Miller in 2007
‘There is a Bollywood actor, Salman Khan, and I’d like to act alongside him — whatever the film,’ she says.
Jyoti was officially crowned the world's shortest woman at a Guinness World Records ceremony in Nagpur with her mother last year.
She took the Guinness World Record from 2ft 3in American Bridgette Jordan, when she turned 18, two years after appearing in Channel 4 documentary Two Foot Tall Teen.
The title of shortest woman in history continues to be held by Pauline Musters, who lived in the Netherlands from 1876 to 1895 and stood 61 centimeters (24 inches) tall.