Nov. 17 is a big day in the lives of Paulo Gabriel da Silva Barros and Katyucia Lie Hoshino Barros who are today the World’s shortest couple.
The Brazilian couple married in September after an eight-year relationship, but Thursday was when they got a wedding gift they’ve wanted for years: Official recognition from Guinness World Records that they are the world’s shortest married couple.
Both Paulo, 31, and Katyucia, 28, have dwarfism. He is 35.54 inches tall; she is 35.88 inches.
With a combined height of 71.42 inches, they beat out previous record holders, fellow Brazilians Douglas Maistre Breger da Silva and Claudia Pereira Rocha, who were 35.4 inches and 36.6 inches respectively.
The Barros’ have long wanted the shortest couple honor. But they had to be officially married in order to get recognition.
The couple released a statement via Guinness World Records:
“We are so happy to be a part of Guinness World Records Day and to have our unique record celebrated. We hope our new record will encourage the world to look past the physical differences in others and understand all people should be treated equally.”
Guinness World Records Day is an annual event when the company encourages people to set as many records as possible.
Source: Huffington Post