Elisany da Cruz Silva, the world’s tallest teenage girl, walks hands in hands with her boyfriend on a Brazilian beach, the picture of young love despite a staggering 1ft 4in height difference.
Elisany da Cruz Silva, 17, measures an unbelievable 6ft 8in tall and has to bend down to plant a kiss on her 5 ft 4 in lover Francinaldo da Silva Carvalho, 22.
The youngster, from Salinopolis in Brazil, has a form of gigantism because of a tumor on her pituitary gland, which regulates growth. Doctors have since removed the tumor.
Elisany da Cruz Silva, an 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.”
Elisany da Cruz Silva 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 da Cruz Silva 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.”