16/12/2011 06:43 GMT | Updated 16/12/2011 09:31 GMT

World's Smallest Girl, Jyoti Amge, Celebrates 18th Birthday With Guinness World Record

Jyoti Amge has been named as the world's smallest woman, as she celebrates her 18th birthday.

The world's tiniest teenager is proud of her diminutive stature: "I love all the attention. I'm not scared of being small," the Daily Mirror quoted her as saying.

Her form of dwarfism is called achondroplasia, and it meant that she stopped growing after her first birthday.

She was born weighing barely three pounds and was not supposed to survive for more than 10 minutes.

"Even up to a full nine months, the child could not be seen on the scan", Kishanji Amge, Jyoti's father, reminisced.

Amge lives in Nagpor, India, with her parents and four siblings. Her parents watched as she was presented with a certificate in her home town. "It is wonderful to celebrate my 18th birthday with a new world record, it's like an added birthday present," she said.

Amge, who measures 23 and a half inches top to toe, snatched the title from American Bridgette Jordan, who stands 27 inches tall.

The shortest woman ever recorded was Pauline Musters (1876-1895) of the Netherlands, who stood at 61cm.