Guinnessworldrecords.com can today reveal a sneak preview of the 57th edition of the world's best-selling copyright book, Guinness World Records 2013, with these exclusive pictures and video of the world's Shortest Man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi (54.6 cm), and the world's Shortest Woman, Jyoti Amge (62.8 cm), who met for the first time for the production of the new book.
The historic moment was recorded earlier this year and is the first time in history the shortest male and female in the world have met. Each wore traditional outfits from their native countries and smiled and laughed throughout.
To add scale to the picture, the classic Guinness World Records book - which measures 1ft tall (30cm) - was placed in between them.Marco Frigatti, Official Guinness World Records Adjudicator, who also took part in the shoot, said: "It was an extraordinary moment; they're both such incredible individuals. Everyone knew this was a special moment, the atmosphere was magical."
The picture and new footage coincides with the recent announcement that the world's Shortest Woman, Jyoti Amge, will visit the UK on the 13th of September to help launch the new Guinness World Records 2013 book.
Jyoti, from Nagpur, India, took the title of Shortest Living Woman when she reached the age of 18 in December last year.
She has a form of dwarfism called Achondroplasia and won't grow any taller than her current height. Due to her size, she has to have clothes and jewellery specially made. She sleeps in a tiny bed and uses special plates and cutlery to eat. She loves fashion and make-up and is currently pursuing her dream of becoming successful actress in the movie business. She has already starred in a number of Indian films.
Jyoti said: "Since being recognised by Guinness World Records I have been able to visit lots of different countries. I love travelling. I have visited Japan and parts of Europe and now I can't wait to visit the UK."
In February this year, Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal made headlines across the globe when he was crowned the world's Shortest Man, standing at 54.6 cm (21.5 in). His size also meant that he inherited the title of Shortest Man in history, breaking the previous record of India's Gul Mohammed (1957-97) who was 57 cm (22.5 in) tall.
Chandra is 72 years old and weighs 14.5 kg (31 lb 15 oz). Until the recent record announcement, he had spent his entire life in the remote Nepalese mountain village of Rhimkholi, about 250 miles west of Kathmandu. He said: "I'm very happy that I'm being recognized by Guinness World Records and that my name will be written in a book. It's a big thing for my family, my village and my country. I am very happy."
Despite her tiny stature, Jyoti Amge is not the Shortest woman in history. This title continues to be held by Pauline Musters (Netherlands, 1876-1895) who measured just 61cm (24in)