Jyoti Amge, 26, is the smallest woman in the world. Standing only 2 feet tall and weighing only 12 pounds; Amge's powerful personality is hardly contained in her tiny body.
In India she is announced as a goddess, but "Jyoti doesn't believe she is a god," said her mother Ranjana Amge. "She wants to be an actress and behaves accordingly."
Already known for her role in "American Horror Story"; The Indian actress is now the focus of a new TLC mini-series entitled "Extraordinary People", which will be broadcast this evening at 10 p.m. Amge follows as she visits the United States to continue her acting career and enjoy the enormity of American culture.
Cameras accompany you as you navigate through bowling alleys, shopping centers, pizzerias and supermarkets While suffering from two permanently broken legs – an injury she sustained after an unusual childhood accident.
The first installment in a new TLC series, "Extraordinary People," focuses on Jyoti Amge, an Indian actress who is the smallest woman in the world, weighs 12 pounds, and is only two feet tall. At the top, Amge holds up a slice of pizza that is almost half the size of her
Jyoti Amge poses on her 18th birthday with her mother Ranjana (left) and an official certificate of the Guinness World Records. It replaced the American-born Bridgette Jordan, which previously held the record 27.4 inches
The small size of Jyoti Amge prevents her from doing most of the things herself. "I can't go anywhere I choose," said Amge, who relies on family members to do her daily activities. She is standing on the sink at the top to do her morning routine, while her sister helps straighten her hair. "I can't turn on the tap, I can't open the door, I can't go to the bathroom unless someone takes me and when I go out I have to be carried."
Joyti Amge is surpassed by a nine-month-old baby that she meets at a supermarket. Amge (who is the size of a three-month-old child) is often mistaken for a baby. “The best way to not look like a baby is to dress like an adult. But that's difficult if you can only shop in the infant department. & # 39;
"Sometimes I feel that this world is not made for me," she said.
Limited by its small size – Amge can't go outside alone for fear that people might trample her. "I'm so small, people can't even see me," she said.
Basic activities such as using the toilet, opening doors, turning on taps and walking must be done with the help of family members. "Because of my size, my life has not been completely normal since childhood, I cannot lift heavy things."
Jyoti Amge, who lives with her family in India, is the youngest of five siblings. all of which are normal height.
Her mother Ranjana felt that something was different during her pregnancy with Jyoti. "She never moved in my body like our other children." When Ranjana went to the exam, doctors told her that Jyoti wasn't even visible in the sonogram.
The doctors weighed less than three pounds at birth and gave Jyoti a poor survival prognosis. "They told us that she only had hours if she was alive," said her father Kisan. Despite all the adversity, Jyoti survived and began to develop like a normal baby.
"She learned to walk on time, her teeth grew on time, she learned to eat on time, she was a normal child for a while," explained her mother Ranjana. But it quickly became clear that Amge was not reaching the normal development benchmarks and doctors diagnosed her with a growth hormone deficiency as an infant.
It was only during the shooting of her TLC documentary that the 26-year-old Amge was diagnosed with "original dwarfism". The rare genetic disorder affects fewer than 100 people in the United States and begins to develop in the early stages of pregnancy of a fetus. Original dwarves are characterized by high voices and proportional bodies.
Jyoti Amge poses with executive producer Ryan Murphy on the red carpet for "American Horror Story: Freak Show". Jyoti has been playing since she was eight, but said, "After doing American Horror Story, I became very famous."
Amge has a rare genetic disorder known as dwarfism. In the United States, there are fewer than 100 people with their form of dwarfism, which is characterized by high voices and proportional bodies
One of the main reasons for Amge's visit to America is to meet a doctor over her legs. Both have been broken since she was a little girl after a freak accident occurred on a family vacation. The reason why her feet look big is that she has to wear bigger shoes to accommodate her leg supports
Amge was born less than three pounds and the doctors gave her only hours to live. Despite adversity, Jyoti survived and began to develop like a normal baby until she stopped fulfilling normal benchmarks as an infant
Shopping for clothes is a challenge for Amge, who is 3 months tall in baby clothes. Still, it doesn't stop them from finding clothes that looked age-appropriate on their shopping trip in America. She said to the seller, "I'm looking for clothes to go out at night."
Now, at the age of 26, Jyoti is well used to operating at a lower altitude. "The whole world is over me," she tells TLC. Whatever size she lacks, she makes up for the charisma.
Original dwarf growth facts:
The primeval dwarf is responsible for some of the smallest people in the world. Adults typically do not grow taller than 40 inches and often have a high, squeaky voice due to narrowing of the voicebox.
It is a rare genetic disorder that prevents the fetus from growing normally, which means that it cannot be treated with growth hormones like other forms of dwarfism.
Primordial dwarfism is diagnosed in fewer than 100 people in the U.S. and Canada, increasing the likelihood that 1 in 3 million people will be born with it.
Characteristic facial features can be a protruding nose and eyes with an unusually small mouth. Unlike other small people, primitive dwarfs often have proportional bodies that are only smaller.
The average brain size of an adult is roughly the same as that of a 3-month-old child, but usually has no effect on intellectual development.
Life expectancy is approximately 30 years, but the oldest original dwarf currently living is 75 years old.
Less is never more for the flyweight diva, who attracts attention everywhere with her oversized personality, her infectious laugh, her love for make-up, her eye-catching manicures and her exaggerated accessories.
She started acting in India at a young age and appeared in her first music video at the age of 8. As their story became known, people traveled across the country to meet and see who they thought could be some kind of goddess.
"Jyoti doesn't think she is a god," said her mother Ranjana Amge. "She wants to be an actress and behaves accordingly."
Eventually, she caught the attention of producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk for the successful American Horror Story television show, which she starred in the fourth season as "Ma Petite" for Jessica Lange.
"I became very famous after doing American Horror Story," she said with a massive smile.
Jyoti's infallible self-confidence is palpable, but she admits that it hasn't always been. She explained how she felt alienated at school when she was forced to see her classmates playing outside through a window. & # 39;I always thought, why am I like this? & # 39;
With a Masters in Fashion, she loves shopping, but like most things in her life, finding clothes for her miniature size is challenging. She is fully grown and the same size as a three month old baby.
She says to TLC: “The best way to not look like a baby is to dress like an adult. But that's difficult if you can only shop in the infant department. & # 39;
"I'm looking for clothes that I can go out at night," Jyoti explains to a hypnotized salesperson. Seconds later, the little fashion fanatic steps out of the dressing room and kisses the camera while she models a leather jacket and a matching wallet, in which lipstick and cell phone are kept. ("She needs it so she can talk to guys," joked her manager Tim.)
Jyoti is a self-described "flirt", but admits that she has never kissed a boy. "When I find someone attractive, I make them my close friend and nothing else because I'm so short that our lives are too different." Like many original dwarves, Jyoti has not passed puberty and is therefore unable to have children.
Another scene follows Jyoti, who navigates through a supermarket. Jyoti is surpassed in size by the endless corridors and is no taller than the bottom shelf, which contains oversized cereal boxes, 32-ounce soda bottles, and 5-pound sacks of rice. "I love American supermarkets because they have a lot more choices than Indian markets – like chips, cookies, and my favorite hot cheese puffes."
She introduces herself to a nine-month-old baby who looks gigantic in comparison. "Even children are great for me," she says.
But size isn't the biggest thing that holds back Jyoti Amge, it's her legs. For the past ten years, she has had bilateral fractures that make it impossible for her to walk for more than ten minutes without excruciating pain.
Jyoti Amge loves the opportunities in the United States. "I've been to a lot of countries, but the US is my favorite," she told TLC. "Whatever I wanted to do, I could do it after I came to America. Here you can be the master of your own life. & # 39;
Amge said, "I love American supermarkets because they have a lot more choices than Indian markets – like chips, cookies, and my favorite hot cheese puffes." She adds, "But sometimes I wish I could shop alone."
Jyoti Amge loves clothes so much that she has a master in fashion. "We can change, but we can't change our size," she said to her friend, actress Erika & # 39; Amazon Eve & # 39; Ervin, who has the opposite problem and stands at 6 & # 39; 8 ". Jyoti applies her make-up in the morning
Jyoti's oversized personality, infectious laugh, and eye-catching style attract attention everywhere. "Jyoti is more famous here than in India," said her sister. "Everyone recognizes Jyoti, be it at the airport or in the mall."
As their story of their unlikely survival became known, people traveled through India to meet and see who they thought could be some kind of goddess. Her mother said, "Jyoti does not believe that she is a god. She wants to be an actress and behaves accordingly. & # 39;
Above Jyoti Amge as "Ma Petite" on the American Horror Show. She said to TLC, "I can't change my size, but I can change my circumstances. My dream is to become a great actress and make a name for myself. Fingers crossed & # 39;
Jyoti Amge is the focus of the first episode of the TLC series "Extraordinary People", which will be broadcast on Thursday, July 9th, at 10 p.m. CET. The show illuminates people with extremely rare conditions who face overwhelming challenges in everyday life
She suffered the injuries during a family vacation in Kashmir, India. Her father slipped and fell while carrying Jyoti down a snowy mountain, and her legs were twisted and mutilated.
Jyoti has yet to find a doctor who runs the risk of having surgery on her tiny legs. Therefore, she has to go with braces and treat the pain with medication. "I have good days and bad days, but I don't know if anyone can ever fix my legs," she complains.
In addition to business and pleasure, meeting with American medical experts was one of the more serious reasons for visiting because of their deteriorating limbs. "I have fame, I have friends, but because of my legs, I cannot live my life to the fullest," said Jyoti. "I just want my life to get better."
To accommodate her leg supports, Jyoti must wear shoes that are twice the size of normal, which makes her feet appear larger. Even worse, the leg supports prevent oxyen from flowing properly to her feet, causing her legs to be cut down and prone to infection.
Powerful things often come in tiny packages and Jyoti Amge has become a legend and inspiration. But she insists, "Whatever I wanted to do, I could do it after I came to America."
And while it can sometimes look like Jyoti Amge is leading a life through deputies of her caregivers, she adds: "Here you can be the master of your own life."
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