Seriously Small: World’s Smallest Teen Makes Big TV Splash
In the U.K., tiny 15-year-old, Jyoti, is all ready for her close up on T.V.
Jyoti, centre, with some of her classmates – also aged 15. Her little grey uniform is specially made for her
Specialists have told her she will remain the same size for the rest of her life.
‘When I was three I realised that I was different to the rest of the kids,’ she said.
‘I thought that everyone was bigger and I should get bigger too.’
Jyoti has her own mini grey uniform and school bag and even a tiny desk. But she looks like a doll next to her teenage classmates.
She said: ‘I am proud of being the smallest girl. I love all the attention I get. I’m not scared of being small, and I don’t regret being small.
Jyoti, centre, is the world’s smallest girl – but still attends school with her classmates, who she says don’t treat her any differently
Jyoti’s desk is placed in the centre of the classroom to enable her to see the teacher. Her schoolbag is nearly half the size of her
‘I am sure there are many people in this world who are dwarfs like me.
‘I’m just the same as other people. I eat like you, dream like you. I don’t feel any different.’
Weighing 12lb – only 9lb more than her weight at birth, Jyoti dreams of becoming an actress.
Despite her size she insists on living as normal a life as possible in her home town of Nagpur in India – including going to the local school.
‘When I first went to school everyone was so big I used to get scared but I’m okay now, I like it. I have a different desk and chair that were made for me. I’m a normal student.’
She works from her custom made chair and table but her pens and books are still rather too large for her
Jyoti with a family friend – who, at 13 months, is already bigger than she is.