Giants have always fascinated and perplexed people. Going all the way back to David and Goliath, stories of super tall men have lived in fables, myths, and legends.
Today, however, we know, based upon the NBA alone, tall people exist and come from all walks of life. For some reason, men get the spotlight more than women. Let’s redirect some of the attention. Here are the 25 Tallest Women Who Ever Lived.
While she’s not the tallest woman in the world as she claims to be, Heather Greene still measures at 6 feet, 5 inches (1.9 meters). And yes, that’s after she loses the high heels.
Maria Alexandrovna Stepanova
Maria Alexandrovna Stepanova is a famous women’s basketball player, measuring at 6 ft, 8 in (2.03 m). In the United States, she played for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA.
Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage
Australian basketball player Liz Cambage is also 6 ft, 8 in and plays for the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA.
Measuring at 6 ft, 9 in (205 cm), Malee Duangdee was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest woman in the world. She passed away at the age of 24 from chronic health problems.
Lindsay Kay Hayward
A professional actress and wrestler, Lindsay Kay Hayward is 6 ft, 8 in (203 cm) tall and received a Guinness World Record for the tallest woman in a leading role.
Playing for the Phoenix Mercury as a center, Brittney Griner is 6 ft, 8 in (203 cm) tall.
Rita Miniva Besa
Formerly living in Zimbabwe but moved to the United States, Rita Miniva Besa is 6 ft, 8 in (203 cm) tall.
Lindsay Corine Taylor
Lindsay Corine Taylor is a long time professional basketball player, playing for several teams in the WNBA. She’s 6 ft, 8 in (203 cm) tall.
A former Indian professional basketball player, Gitika Srivastava measures at 6 ft, 11 in (210 cm) tall.
At 6 ft, 9 in (205 cm), Caroline Welz is one of the tallest women in Germany.
Measuring at 7 ft, 0 in (213 cm), Uljana Semjonova was a former Soviet basketball player and was the leading women’s player in her time in the 1980’s.
Zainab Bibi has sought out asylum status in Britain because she fears for her life in her homeland of Pakistan as she feels that her height has made her a target. She measures at 7 ft, 2 in (218 cm) tall.
Born in 1879 in Tyrol, Austria, Maria Fassnauer grew to be 7 ft, 4 in (223 cm) tall, though many believe her height was embellished or inaccurately measured. She became something of a fair-ground attraction at the time but died in 1917.
Malgorzata Dydek was a WNBA professional basketball player, playing for several teams including Utah Starzz and Connecticut Sun. She was 7 ft, 2 in (218 cm) tall and unfortunately passed away at the age of 37.
Carolina Rascón, from a small mining village in Mexico, was said to be 7 ft, 5 in (226 cm) tall. Of course, this is difficult to verify as she lived back in 1944.
Born in 1946, Delores Pullard grew to be 7 ft, 5 in (226 cm), but everyone said she was 8 ft, 1 in (246 cm) tall. Considered the tallest woman in the world back then, she went around in a sideshow. She passed away in 1971 after surgery complications.
Born in 1872 in Missouri, Ella Ewing was the tallest woman in the United States during her lifetime. She grew to be 7 ft, 4.5 in (224 cm) tall and made most of her money traveling in the circus.
If the stories about her are true, Trijntje Keever is the tallest woman ever recorded in history. She was said to be 8 ft, 4 in (254 cm) tall and in order to get money, her parents put her in carnivals. She tragically died of cancer at the young age of seventeen. Since she lived back in the 17th century, it’s probably best to take her height with a grain of salt.
Sun Fang is currently the tallest woman in China at 7 ft, 3 in (221 cm) tall. She’s often mistaken for Yao Defen, another tall woman who recently passed away.
Born in Greece in 1882, Wassiliki Calliandji grew to be 7 ft, 6.5 in (229.87 cm) tall. While no photographs of her exist, she’s said to have eyes the size of hen’s eggs with hands and feet of enormous dimensions. She was able to fend off circus entertainers but instead grabbed the attention of the Guinness Book of World Records.
Sandy Allen was born in 1955 and grew to be 7 ft, 5.5 in (231.78 cm) tall. She mostly performed in the circus but was also an actress. During her lifetime, she was considered the tallest woman in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.
For some time, Yao Defen claimed to be the tallest woman in the world, but the Guinness Book refuted her claims, pointing instead to Sandy Allen. Defen grew to 7 ft, 8 in (233.7 cm) tall and officially became the tallest woman in the world in 2011 but tragically passed away a year later.
Jane Bunford was 7 ft, 11 in (241 cm) tall, but there are no known photographs of her. She lived in England and was listed as the tallest woman in the world in the Guinness Book all the way up to 2001. They only showed a copy of her birth certificate and a picture of her skeleton.
Anna Haining Bates
Anna Haining Bates was born in 1846 in Canada. She grew to be 7 ft, 5.5 in (227.3 cm) tall and traveled around in a circus. She married a very tall man, and they had two children together.
Zeng Jinlian is the tallest woman ever to be recorded in medical history, reaching up to 8 ft, 1.75 in (248.3 cm) in height. She was born in 1964 and lived until 1982.
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