LEANING casually on a size nine shoe and weighin’g less than a stone, grinning Jyoti Amge is a living doll.
The 18-year-old is officially the world’s smallest woman, standing just 2ft 0.7in (62.8cm) tall.
But while she’s short in stature, she’s certainly not short of confidence — taking on the world with a winning smile.
Jyoti suffers from the form of dwarfism known as achondroplasia, which means she will never grow any taller.
She took the Guinness World Record from American Bridgette Jordan — who is around two inches taller — when she turned 18 in December.
To celebrate, Jyoti, from Nagpur, India, fulfilled a lifelong dream by coming to London ahead of the launch of the 2013 edition of the Guinness World Records book.
Speaking through an interpreter, she said: “I’m very happy to be the world’s smallest woman.
“Getting this record has made me feel better about myself. I feel popular, special and important.
“It was always my dream to come to London, to see Tower Bridge, the London Eye and Madame Tussauds.
With an infectious giggle and mischievous smile as she talks, Jyoti makes for engaging company.
That is until passers-by stop and point, take pictures or simply stare at the tiny teen.
It’s something Jyoti has got used to.
She added: “In India, when I go around I hate the feeling of having a crowd around me, just standing there staring at me.
“They just come to look. It makes me feel uncomfortable.
“So sometimes I cover up my face with a scarf so people don’t recognise me.
“I am proud of being small. I have the same thoughts and the same dreams as you.
“I would like to be an actress in Hollywood and win an Oscar. The only difference is my height.”
Dressed in a traditional Indian sari and sporting a bindi on her forehead, bracelets and beautiful, tiny rings around each of her fingers, Jyoti looks like a glamorous Bollywood star.
All her clothes and jewellery are custom-made.
She said: “There’s a mall in India where I always go — the only place I can find clothes in my size.
“I go to a special shop for my rings. They measure my fingers and order the rings in specially.”
When she goes out, she is usually accompanied by her mother Ranjana, 54, or other friends and family.
Jyoti said: “The worst part about being so small is that I always have to rely on someone. I can’t go anywhere on my own, so I’m always dependent.
“I can’t run or walk too fast. If I was taller for a day, I’d just go off on my own independently.”
At 12lb she is only nine pounds heavier than when she was born.
She remembers realising she was smaller than other people early in life.
She said: “I was very young – just three years old. My mum and dad took me to the hospital to find out why I was not growing properly like the others.
“At the beginning I used to be very upset about the fact that I was not growing. I didn’t like how people stared.”
When we stop for lunch at an Indian restaurant in central London, Jyoti is glued to her mobile phone, like most people her age.
She said: “In my spare time I chat on Facebook and Skype, I play video games and watch TV. I like to go around with my friends, although they are much taller than me. They carry me and take care of me.”
She insists she isn’t interested in finding love — but did reveal a celebrity crush.
Jyoti said: “I’m not looking for a boyfriend — but if I was, he’d have to be prepared to carry me around everywhere.