Standing two-feet tall and weighing only 12 lbs., Jyoti Amage was declared by Guinness World Records as the world’s shortest living woman on Dec. 16, 2011

By Emily Strohm
July 31, 2020 12:00 PM
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For as long as she can remember, Jyoti Amage had dreamed of a career in show business.

The youngest of five siblings from Nagpur, India, Amage was born with primordial dwarfism, a rare genetic condition resulting in small body size.

Standing two-feet tall and weighing only 12 lbs., Amage was declared by Guinness World Records as the world’s shortest living woman on Dec. 16, 2011 — her 18th birthday. In 2014 she used that recognition to land a role on American Horror Story: Freak Show, the fourth season of the popular FX horror anthology series.

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“It gave me a lot of fame in the United States,” she tells PEOPLE of portraying the traveling-sideshow employee Ma Petite.

Now, Amage has bigger goals in mind. “I hope to become successful in Hollywood,” she says, “and one day be a star.”

Her latest project is the TLC special World’s Smallest Woman: Meet Jyoti.

Amage says she’s enjoying the recognition. “I enjoy having so many fans,” she admits. “Fame is fun.”