It was only this week that Colombia’s pint-sized Edward Nino was on top of the world, named the Guinness Book’s smallest man on the planet by the Guiness Book of Records. Now a tiny Nepalese teen is about to torpedo his low-rise glory.
Nino, 24, stands at just 70.21cm, and lives at home with his mother in a humble house on Bogota’s south end.
His ambitions are anything but humble. Nino dreams of traveling to Japan, China, the US, India and Spain, and of making it big as an actor.
President Juan Manuel Santos invited him to a meeting at the presidential palace — perhaps the high point of his 15 minutes of fame.
The looming problem is that next month Nepal’s Khagendra Thapa Magar, who at 56cm is more than 14cm shorter, turns 18. That means he will knock Nino out of the top spot as tiniest man.
Nino has a 90cm-long bed, and bathes in a tiny specially made shower. He is soft-spoken, but likes being a natty dresser, though he also has to have his clothes specially made.
He has a suit and tie for when he meets with journalists.
And he likes ladies average-sized, like his girlfriend Fanny, who is 1.6m tall.
“I like brunettes, a little curvy,” said the fleeting title-holder, who also likes to dance, has worked as a spokesperson for shoe companies and acts in his own TV series.
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