Chandra Dangi (left) and Jyoti Amge
Guinness World Records
08/29/2012 at 11:00 AM EDT
It's official: Chandra Bahadur Dangi and Jyoti Amge are the world's shortest man and woman.
The two individuals – 21½ inches and 2'7", respectively – have been inducted into the 2013 edition of Guinness World Records.
Dangi, 72, from Nepal, made headlines in February when he broke the previous height record of India's Gul Mohammed, who was 22½ inches tall.
"I'm very happy that I'm being recognized by Guinness World Records, and that my name will be written in a book," Dangi says in a statement from a rep for the London-based Guinness, the recognized authority on record-breaking achievements.
"It's a big thing for my family, my village and my country," added Dangi. News clips reveal that he lives with his five brothers, all average-sized, in a remote Nepal village.
As for Amge, 18, from Nagpur, India, she is a fashion fanatic who has dreams of becoming a successful movie actress. She took the title of shortest living woman in 2011 and has already starred in a number of Indian films.
"Since being recognized by Guinness World Records, I have been able to visit lots of different countries," she says. "I love traveling. I have visited Japan and parts of Europe, and now I can't wait to visit the U.K."