If one were to talk of not letting one’s limitations come in the way of fulfilling one’s dreams, 22-year-old Jyoti Amge serves as a great example. Considered to be world’s shortest woman alive by the Guinness World Records at 62.8 cm (2 ft 0.6 inches) since 2011, Jyoti, of Nagpur, has gone places, earning accolades for herself and the country.
Jyoti was in town to launch a nationwide campaign on female foeticide with Jain Muni Tarun Sagar and lit the ‘World’s Biggest Lamp (diya)’ to start the programme, ahead of Diwali.
As the petite star made an appearance in front of a big crowd at a temple in Sector 27, residents rushed to get selfies and didn’t refrain from grabbing an opportunity to touch her.
Advocating the importance of women power, she said women carried the society forward by bearing children, it was imperative that she was never violated in any form. Jyoti, who weighs a little over 5 kg, suffering from achondroplasia, a genetic disorder, was given a special desk and chair fit for her size.
However, she is quite comfortable with the way she is. Embracing her uniqueness with a truthful smile, the youngster who has appeared in various TV shows wishes to become a Hollywood star someday, as acting is her passion.
In 2014, Jyoti featured in a key role in the fourth season of the popular series, American Horror Stories. In the sixth season of Bigg Boss, Jyoti entered the house as one of the guest members.
Much like any women her age, Jyoti has a keen interest in fashion. Due to her unique size, she gets all her clothing, shoes and even cutlery custom-made.
Some minor irritants
The one thing that continues to upset Jyoti is when people treat her like a baby given her height and style of talking. “When people see me on TV, they are very happy because they don’t have to interact with me,” Jyoti said.
“When they start interacting, they ask me questions like Am I a baby? or treat me like I’m a baby and hold me like I’m a baby. This is wrong. It happens a lot when I am out of India,” she added.
She doesn’t appreciate when people comment on her long nails or hair. “I always remind myself that I’ve earned so much fame because of some of these very traits so it is fine, everything has a flipside,” she says.
However, the one thing that she detests the most is when people ‘try and touch her’ in the process of interacting with her. “It really annoys me,” said an honest Jyoti.
Optimistic that she is, she ends the conversation with, “People must not underestimate the power of small people.”