What is the name and height of the world's tallest woman?
Zeng Jinlian was the tallest woman ever recorded. Born in
China with gigantism, she grew to be 8 ft 1¾ in (248 cm) tall,
making her the tallest known woman. However, she could not stand up
straight due to a severely deformed spine. She died in Hunan, China
at age 17.
At 4 years of age, she was 5 ft 1½ in (156 cm) tall.
Trijntje Cornelisdochter Keever (April 10 or 16, 1616 -
July 22, 1633), nicknamed De Groote Meid (in English, The
Big Girl), is the tallest female person in recorded history,
standing 9 Amsterdam feet or 2.54 metres (8 ft 4 in) tall at
the time of her death at age seventeen.
Trijntje Keever was the daughter of Cornelis Keever and Anna
Pouwels. Cornelis was a Dutch skipper and Anna was his maid; he
married her on May 24, 1605. Trijntje was born on April 10 or 16,
1616 in Edam.
Trijntje's parents took her to carnivals to earn some money by
letting people see her. Trijntje first received public attention
when she was nine years old and had reached the height of 2 metres
(6 ft 7 in). A royal company consisting of the Bohemian king
Frederick V, Elector Palatine, his wife Elizabeth of Bohemia and
the princess Amalia van Solms-Braunfels, living in The Hague at the
time, visited her, curious about the "nine-year-old girl taller
than every man in Europe."
Trijntje died of cancer at the age of 17 in Ter Veen (Veere?).
She was buried on July 7, 1633 in Edam, her town of birth. Her
epitaph is said to have read, "Trijntje Crelis groote meidt oudt 17
jaer", or, in English: "Trijntje Crelis, big girl, 17 years of
age". In the townhall of Edam is a lifesize painting by an unknown
artist portraying Trijntje in civilian clothes with a belt holding
at her right a keyring and at her left a pincushion and a sheath
with a knife, fork, and spoon. Her original shoes are also on
display. If there were a size for the shoes, they would be European
size 54 (36 cm or 14 in long).