Jyoti Amge Named World's Shortest Woman

12/16/2011 at 04:45 PM EST

Guinness World Records' World's Shortest Woman: Jyoti Amge
Indian student Jyoti Amge is 18 years old and stands just 24.7 inches tall. But that's not all that makes her extraordinary.

Amge has just been named the world's shortest living woman by Guinness World Records.

"It is wonderful to celebrate my 18th birthday with a new world record, it's like an added birthday present," Amge, who measures 24.7 inches tall, said Friday as she accepted her certificate while her parents looked on, BBC News reports.

"I feel grateful to be this size," she said. "After all, if I weren't small and had not achieved these world records I might never have been able to visit Japan and Europe, and many other wonderful countries," she said.

Amge was formerly crowned the world's shortest teenager, and stands about three inches shorter than Bridgette Jordan, the American woman who held the shortest woman title before her. Amge, who has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, is not expected to grow any more, according to the BBC.

"In accordance with our guidelines, Jyoti was measured three times in 24 hours by a doctor," Guinness World Records said of her new title.

Amge has dreamed of becoming a Bollywood star and plans to pursue a college degree, the BBC reports.

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