by Rachel Ogbu
Elisany da Cruz Silva, 17, holds the world record as the tallest teenage girl measuring at 6ft 8in.
Due to a tumour on her pituitary gland, which regulates growth, Cruz Silva from Salinopolis in Brazil, has a form of gigantism
She’s pictured here with the love of her life, Francinaldo da Silva Carvalho, 22. She bends down to plant a kiss on her 5ft 4in lover despite a staggering 1ft 4in height difference.
The aspiring model told Vietnam-based broadcaster BTV: ‘What really attracted me was his personality, the way he acts with people and the way he acts with me.
‘The only thing that really affects us is when we hang out holding hands – it seems like he is my little brother or son.
‘But I didn’t choose him, God did.’
Construction worker Francinaldo says his friends ask things about how he hugs her, but he tells them there is a way of doing everything.
He added: ‘She is a beautiful person. She is tall but she is so pretty, with a beautiful face. I don’t mind having a tall girlfriend.
‘I feel free and relaxed as a person and don’t care what people say.’
Elisany was too tall to ride the school bus and says she left school because of teasing from classmates.
She added: ‘It’s hard when I’m inside home. I get distracted and hit the wood in the ceiling with my head.
Elisany lives in a small house with her sisters and mother Ana Maria Silva and step-father Luiz Jorge.
Her mother said: ‘I want her be like the other girls because I know she feels weird and sometimes wants to be like them.’
Doctors have since removed the tumour.
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