Rentsenkhorloo Bud struggles to buy clothes that fit his 53 inch legs. She bangs her head against doors and struggles to find shoes big enough for her feet anywhere in Asia.
But the 6-foot-9-inch Mongolian native says she’s finally positive after years of bullying over her gangly legs. After all, the 29-year-old is now a model.
Rentsenkhorloo, known to her friends as Renny, now lives and works in the United States. She told Zenger that she inherited her height from her father of 6’10 “and her mother of 6’1”.
And her legs are still growing: She says she could overtake the 17-year-old Texan who, according to Guinness World Records, has the longest female appendages in the world.
But she’s already towering over photographers and struggling to buy shoes – and anything out of the box that suits her legs. “My shoe size is US 13 and you can’t find shoes in Asia and even Mongolia and Korea,” she said.
Bud said the bullying she faced as a child helped her become a role model later.
“When I was younger I felt so bad about my height,” Bud said. “Some people made me uncomfortable, but nowadays it seems like I’m more considered unique, which is why I feel so good.”
Eventually she became more comfortable with her long legs. And now she’s turned positive for the body.
“A lot of people have asked me ‘are you a model?’ so I feel good when they ask me that, ”she said. “Being tall is beautiful, and you can look so unique compared to others.”
Bud also sometimes experiences problems when moving around public spaces. “The doors are so short for me,” she said. “I hate banging my head on doors.”
Russian model Ekaterina Lisina previously held the Guinness World Record for her 52-inch-long legs. Lisina too holds the record for the tallest professional model, but Guinness says she measures 205.16cm from heel to crown. It’s 6 feet, 8.77 inches, which unofficially makes her shorter than Bud.
Texas teenager Maci Currin, 17, broke Lisina’s record for the longest legs in the world for a woman in the 2021 Guinness Book of World Records, with legs measuring 53.255 inches.
Bud says she doesn’t need a certificate to remind her of the value of being unique.
“I love my long legs and I think they make me look better,” she said.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger news.