World's tallest man meets world's shortest woman for the best photoshoot ever

World's tallest man meets world's shortest woman for the best photoshoot ever

For those of us that are particularly tall or short, there are plenty of positives and negatives. Having ample room for your legs when you're on a bus, train or plane is pretty great for those on the smaller side, but on the other hand, then you'll spend most of the time at gigs staring at others' backs and looking out for stray elbows lest they make contact with your face.

But if you thought you had problems because you have to keep changing the level of the shower head, be thankful you don't have trouble getting in the shower at all, like Sultan Kösen, the world's tallest man.

Kösen, a 35-year-old from Turkey, is both the current tallest man in the world and the man with the biggest hands. He took the title from Xi Shun, who measured at 7 feet 9 inches. Kösen broke the Guinness World Record in 2009 at 8 foot 1, but was measured at 8 foot 3 in 2011. Only ten people in history have reached eight feet, but Kösen's problem was that he kept on growing. He has pituitary gigantism, which results in an over-production of growth hormones.

On the other side of the spectrum is Jyoti Amge, an Indian woman who measures at only two feet tall, making her the world's smallest woman. Amge was born in Nagpur, Maharashtra in 1993, taking the title at the age of 18 in 2011.

Amge has a form of dwarfism called achondrplasia which causes her small stature, but has nonetheless lead a successful career as a presenter of shows such as Lo Show Dei Record and acting in the fourth season of American Horror Story in 2014.

But now these two record-breakers have finally met, even taking part in a photoshoot in Egypt, set against the backdrop of Cairo's pyramids. The duo were invited by the country's tourism promotion board to take part in the photo op, as well as taking part in a conference at the Fairmont Nile City hotel in the city.

Kösen, who was still growing as of 2011, has seemed to have halted his growth after taking part in a new treatment. Starting in 2010, he received Gamma Knife treatment for his pituitary tumour at the University of Virginia Medical School and was also provided with medication control the excessive levels of growth hormone - with the success of the treatment being confirmed in 2012.

When he won the title of world's tallest man, he said: "I never imagined I would be in the book, I dreamed about it, but it was still a huge surprise".

He has recently joined the Magic Circus of Samoa and participates in various shows around the world. The University of Virginia have also claimed that he may actually be 8 feet 4 inches, with the height affected by scoliosis and bad posture. So if their measurement techniques were to change, he could even break his own record one more time.