A couple of teenagers on this list may make you feel as though you have taken your life for granted. Their positivity and unique talents or features set them apart from the crowd.
Twins who look like polar opposites, Muscle Barbie’s incredible strength, and a record-breaking tongue — you’ll find them all here. These are the teens you won’t believe exist.
Everyone would love to have some way to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. Adrianne is no different. She is currently being revised to take over the title of the girl with the longest tongue.
The title to beat? 3.9 inches and Adrianne claims to have beaten that record with her 4-inch mouthpiece. She certainly has a cool party trick, she can lick her nose, elbow, and even her own eye!
Lucy And Maria Aylmer
We are pretty sure these two lovely young ladies are pretty tired of trying to convince people that… wait for it… they are twins. While you have probably guessed, Lucy and Maria Aylmer are not identical twins, but in fact, fraternal twins. Same mom, same dad, but they both got wildly different genes. Lucy is pale with freckles and long orange hair. Her twin sister has a gorgeous mocha complexion and curly hair to die for.
“Now we have grown older, even though we still look so different, the bond between us is much stronger,” Lucy said. “Now we are proud of the fact that we are each other’s twin sister.”
Isa-Bella Leclair is just one of many young ladies that we totally adore. It takes so much courage to be true to yourself — even when you weren’t born with something that makes you so different. She was born with a rare genetic condition known as Parkes Weber syndrome and suffers from lymphedema.
Isa-Bella’s right leg is sometimes almost twice the size of her left leg and can weigh up to 40 pounds. It’s a side effect of the Parkes Weber syndrome which causes lymph fluid to pool in her leg.
Timothy began his language education at a mere 13 years old. He became interested in the Middle East and started studying Hebrew on his own. He began to listen to an Israeli funk group and by the end of the month had learned all the lyrics to the song off by heart… But he didn’t know what any of them meant.
Once he had translated them he suddenly knew several hundred Hebrew words and phrases without opening a book!
“When you’re allergic to the most common substance on Earth, you can’t look at the world through the lens of what might be untouchable or unachievable. I learned not only to take shorter showers but also that we are bigger than our problems.” A stunning quote from Alexandra relating to the weirdest allergy you never thought possible.
You guessed it, she’s allergic to the very thing we are mostly made up of… Water.
I think most people would agree that this is a beautiful young lady — whether it’s her unusual skin coloration or just that confident smile that shines through. Congenital melanocytic nevi, also referred to as CMN, are moles or birthmarks.
They are often present at birth and continue to grow bigger throughout a person’s life. Even though she was bullied when she was younger both of her parents were very supportive and her mother referred to her birthmarks as angel kisses. Ciera never forgot that.
Elisany Silva, from Brazil, is 6ft 9 inches, making her the tallest teenage girl in the world. Her fiancé is 5ft 4 inches and clearly, there’s a huge height difference between the two, but that won’t get in the way of true love!
Elisany’s future is looking bright, she hopes to be a model soon and it is rumored that she is to début on the catwalk.
Imagine, if you can, falling asleep and not waking up for a week — maybe even two. Sound like just the vacation you’ve been needing? Unfortunately for Georgia, this is her reality and as relaxing as it may sound it’s not as great as it may seem. Georgia, of Flagstaff Hill, has regular “episodes” where she sleeps for 12 to 18 hours a day.
The rest of the time she is in a sleep-like state where she is barely functional; she can eat, go to the bathroom, and shuffle to and fro, just like a sleepwalker. Georgie says she had had about 35 episodes since she was 15 years old and has lost nearly a year of her life, including exams, birthdays and Christmas.
Another inspirational woman on this list is Julia, otherwise know as Muscle Barbie. Julia first stepped into the gym in an effort to get stronger to gain confidence. After a year of training without a program, she was offered to join a powerlifting coach and she never looked back. Since then Julia has become a force to be reckoned with as well as having quite an online presence.
“Many people ask me, why I do this sport? I like the way my body is changing. I’m enjoying the process as well as having more opportunities and I gained confidence in myself.”
Winnie struggled to fit in at school due to her unusual appearance — she has vitiligo. But when she was just 19 years old, she attracted Tyra Banks’ attention. She saw her Instagram account and invited her to participate in the 21st season of America’s Next Top Model, in which the young lady took 5th place.
Now, Winnie Harlow is the face of Desigual casual wear brand in Barcelona, along with the Brazilian model Adriana Lima.
Valeria Valeryevna Lukyanova
Valeria Valeryevna Lukyanova is a Ukrainian model and entertainer, famous for her resemblance to a Barbie doll. To enhance the Barbie effect Lukyanova uses makeup and contact lenses over her naturally green eyes.
She stirred controversy worldwide with her bold look, and despite accusations that she has had surgery to reach her barbie-like proportions, she attributes her physique to a rigorous fitness program and controlled diet.
Fu Wengui was only 15 years old when the world learned about his battle with an extraordinarily long neck. Fu, instead of being born with 7 vertebrae like the rest of us, he was born with 10. When speaking with his father, he clarified, “These vertebrae press on the nerves in his neck and make it difficult for him to walk.”
To make matters worse, Fu also rare congenital scoliosis, but happily for Fu, a charity agreed to pay for the surgery needed to correct his extra-long neck, removing the extra bone and cartilage. As far as we know doctors are still working out exactly how to do the one-of-a-kind operation.
Definitely one of our strangest teens on the list is the story of Haley Smith, a 17-year old girl that believed she was actually dead for years. Suffering from a strange disorder called Cotard’s Syndrome which is a form of delusional psychosis. People with this rare condition often describe a loss of blood, organs and/or body parts.
When describing her ordeal she said: ‘I’d fantasize about having picnics in graveyards and I’d spend a lot of time watching horror films because seeing the zombies made me feel relaxed, like I was with family.’ Luckily, with help from a psychiatrist and a Disney movie she has since recovered.
Venus Isabelle Palermo
A Swiss YouTube personality known as VenusAngelic is known for her uncanny doll-like appearance. With her stunning big eyes and fine features, it wasn’t long before she became internet-famous.
She became known as the “living doll” after her YouTube video “How to look like a doll” went viral in March 2012. As of March 2018, the video had amassed over 15.9 million views. She was featured on the TLC documentary series My Strange Addiction in 2014, in an episode called “I’m A Living Doll”.
Daniel Browning Smith
Daniel Browning Smith is so flexible that he’s known as The Rubberboy. He is an American contortionist, actor, television host, comedian, sports entertainer, and stuntman. He noticed that he was extremely flexible while he was in his teens.
He also holds the title of the most flexible person in history, breaking a total of seven Guinness World Records.
Tennessee teenager Jackson Oswalt is not your average 14-year-old. While other kids are playing video games or watching TV, he’s been busy putting together a nuclear laboratory in an old playroom in his house.
The budding nuclear engineer has been working on this project since he was 12, and on 19 January 2018, just hours before his 13th birthday, he reportedly achieved his mission.
Using 50,000 volts of electricity, Oswalt was reportedly able to combine two atoms of deuterium gas, successfully fusing the nuclei in his reactor’s plasma core.
Hunter Steinitz is 34 and currently thought to be the oldest woman in the US with her condition. Hunter suffers from an incredibly rare condition known as Harlequin Ichthyosis. It’s a condition so rare that some doctors didn’t know what was wrong or how to help her when she was born.
Most babies born with the condition don’t make it past infancy and maybe because of that fact, there are less that one hundred known cases in the whole world. As part of a recent effort to raise awareness, Hunter has worked with others in the group to create a performance to help others understand her condition. “I wish this was my full-time job,” she said. “Because I think this is by far the most wonderful thing I’ve ever done with my talent, my time and my resources.”
Even though you may think you are looking at an older lady you, in fact, are looking at a picture of Zara when she was a mere 7-year-old girl. Both Zara and her mother were thought to suffer from a rare disease called lipodystrophy.
Amazingly, when Zara was offered a radical 4-hour facelift at only 16 years old she jumped at the opportunity. After flying from the UK to the US for the procedure and meeting with Dr. Abu Garg, a lipodystrophy expert it was found out that both women suffered from an even rarer disease known as Cutis Laxa.
Yanira Guzman was born with spina bifida, a condition that affects her spine. It has made the special task of walking nearly impossible. Guzman began physical therapy at Wolfson Children’s Rehabilitation more than two years ago, and her dream was to stand on her 15th birthday. And she did.
She says that she’s not going to let her condition stop her from living her life. Her message? “Just keep trying and never give up and just reach for the stars.”
Nineteen-year-old Georgina McConnell is a rising star in the world of female bodybuilding. She’s from Tyne and Wear, and stuck to a strict diet of six carefully planned meals a day and crafted her exercise routine to bulk out her small 5ft7 frame.
At a young age, she started weightlifting — building muscle mass five times a week. She recently won a gold medal at the UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation North East Championships!
Depaak is a shocking young man and the pun is completely intended. This 16-year-old boy first came across his unusual skill when he was fixing his mother’s heater. Now he spends his days performing all kinds of daredevil stunts you nor I would ever dream of.
He’s been filmed putting live wires directly onto his tongue and soaking his hands in water with cables full of electricity dangling inside. The young man has declared that he is able to withstand 11,000 VOLTS passing through his body — enough electricity to power 500 houses.
Grant endured what most of us would consider a waking nightmare, and it was surely a nightmare when he woke up with intense pain in his ear. Without thinking of anything except to relieve the pain the teenager poked around inside his ear until low and behold he began to pull something out.
Amazingly, the bug kept coming and coming. 4 inches of live centipede had been crawling around inside him while he slept. His mom then rushed him to the hospital along with the bug. Doctors examined the teen and said the centipede had caused abrasions to his eardrum and ear canal.
Hannah is a young woman who has followed her dreams, despite the hardships that have come with having a rare disability. Hannah suffers from Primordial Drawfism. A rare genetic condition that results in small body size and other growth abnormalities.
She really hasn’t let that hold her back from her dreams and is now an actress with a huge social media presence. She also has a wonderful family full of people that would do anything for each other.
Here we have another beautiful young lady. Even though Girija Srinivas look like she is barely over the age of a toddler she is in fact a 19-year-old woman. She was born with a medical condition called congenital agenesis of the bones, which has led to her body failing to develop and grow properly.
As a result, she is just 2.5ft and weighs a mere 12kg, the same weight as an average two-year-old. Although she relies entirely on her mother to care for her physical needs she does dream of caring for herself financially through her art.
Chloe Kim became a breakout star at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang when she won a gold medal at just17 years old. But despite her extraordinary talent for such a young woman she says she does want to pursue other avenue and interests in her life.
As such, she is not aiming to compete in three Olympics in hopes of setting any records but instead plans to retire after the 2020 Olympics. “I don’t know if I can do that for that long,” Kim said. “It would be cool to go to the Olympics three times, but I feel like I did it once and I’m really happy.”
So how tall is the tallest teenaged basketball player in the world? 7 foot 7 inches is hows tall! He has been been the subject of many scientific studies already since he surpassed his mother’s height when he was only 8 years old. His mother stands tall at 6 foot 1 inch.
He also grew taller than his father who is 7 foot 2 inches when he was 12. It has led scientists to believe that his enormous height is purely genetic since neither of his folks is particularly short. As you can imagine, Robert looks to have a bright career in basketball ahead of him.
Ellen Lietzow struggled with anorexia for years, but it was only after the then 17-year-old collapsed at school after refusing to eat for 7 days that she began seeking treatment.
Now at age 21, Ellen has made a remarkable recovery and is inspiring other teenagers all over the world. She has gained 30 kg and is documenting her amazing progress on Instagram. “If you are struggling it’s so important that you seek out help. It’s so silent – I looked so happy but that’s because it’s so easy to put on a facade on social media, you don’t share sad stories,” she explains.
“Never Give In! Never give up! Despite the critics, the naysayers, those that say it is impossible, you can’t, you won’t… Never give in!” Says Winter Vinecki, an inspirational 14-year-old who has been making waves in the sport of triathlon.
She is such an inspiration that she was presented with the Annika Inspiration Award at Billie Jean King’s 2011 Annual Salute to Women in Sports Gala in New York City. Winter plans on running a marathon on all seven continents before she turns 15, and hopes to bring global awareness to prostate cancer.
More than 464,000 people follow this 16-year-old on Instagram (though she has only 39 posts!). Lola lives in Los-Angeles, studies in high school, and speaks 8 languages. Some have criticized her striking appearance as being achieved through photoshop, but she assures her followers that her beautiful dark skin and stunning features are all her.
Lola’s followers compare her to the young Naomi Campbell and predict that she will have a successful career as a top model!
Nastya Zhidkova has a rare form of albinism and struggled to fit in as a teen. Born in Russia, Nastya is now called the most beautiful albino girl in the world. This young and extraordinary model has changed the face of fashion and the beauty industry in Russia.
Nastya is also a talented singer, who often shares her work on YouTube.
American model Nikia Phoenix stands out from the crowd thanks to her dark skin, natural hair, and the freckles covering her entire body. The young lady’s unique and striking appearance was noticed by one of the members of the Alternative Apparel company when Nikia went to drink a cup of coffee in a small cafe.
She has since become the public face of advertising campaigns by Coca-Cola and Target.
She now calls herself the ‘Melaniin Goddess,’ but years before Khoudia Diop came to celebrate her strikingly dark skin, the 19-year-old model struggled with bullying over her complexion.
“Even though my complexion is quite common in Senegal and many parts of Africa, I was teased for my dark skin. Being teased and losing my self-value eventually ended up inspiring me to be a better version of myself,” she explains. Words to live by.
Meet the teenager with the largest hands and feet, Mathu-Andrew Budge from Dartmouth in the UK. He holds not one, but two record titles, for the Largest hands on a teenager and the Largest feet on a teenager.
Mathu’s whopping hands are the size of bowling balls, with his right hand measuring 22.5 cm (8.85 in) and his left measuring 22.2 cm (8.74 in) from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger. His feet also broke the record on the same day, with his left foot measuring 32.95 cm (12.97 in) and right foot measuring 32.85 cm (12.93 in) – making them longer than an American football!
When Cassandra was born with a large, dark birthmark covering her right cheek, her parents faced a choice: surgically remove the birthmark and risk scarring, or simply leave it alone. Her parents chose to leave the birthmark intact—and today, Cassandra couldn’t be happier that they did. Cassandra says her birthmark “makes me unique and memorable, which is especially important for the career I’ve chosen,” but she didn’t always feel this way.
At the age of 13, the now professional dancer had a hard time at school. “Their cruel remarks were hard to deal with and I’d often fight back tears. I felt ugly—even if only for that moment,” she recalls.
Now with 41,000 Instagram followers, she says: “People should appreciate their individuality,” she says. “Times are changing, so don’t worry about looking normal. Don’t let bullies stop you and be proud of your uniqueness.”
“When I was really little, I didn’t even realize that I looked different from other kids around me,” Sarah says. “Growing older, it became more difficult, especially during middle school.” She was bullied as a teen for what she now considers to be her best feature.
All that changed when she entered high school, though. “Soon my birthmark became an afterthought when I considered traits that made me ‘me.’ Loving my birthmark really just went along with me learning to love myself—physically, mentally, and emotionally. I realized at some point that no one would ever look like me—and that was cool.” Now, Sarah is inspiring girls all around the world with her message of self-love.
Veronica Seider’s superpower sounds like a plot of a film. Veronica has eyesight that redefines human eye capability. While some squint to read close enough writing, Veronica can see for miles.
While still studying, Veronica’s abilities came to the attention of the general public in 1972 when her university found out about her unusual optical abilities. On the basis of their test results, the university claimed that Veronica could see as far as a mile, or 1,6km!
Hannah Kritzeck was born with a very rare type of primordial dwarfism. This condition is so rare that there are only 100 people in the world with this type of dwarfism. She is only 39 inches tall and she weighs under 30 pounds.
Although Hannah is in her late teens, she looks and sounds like a little kid and people often confuse her for a 5-year-old, but she doesn’t let that get her down!
Memory loss can be devastating. But imagine losing the ability to forget? When Aurelien Hayman was 13 years old, that’s precisely what happened, at least with regard to autobiographical events.
Now an adult, he can describe any past moment from his life in incredible detail—from what he ate, to the temperature, to the music that was on the radio. In 2012, he was featured in a documentary titled, The Boy Who Can’t Forget.
At age 15, Dominic Swanson holds five world records for powerlifting. He has been training since the age of 8… and it shows!
Dominic was 13 when he took first place in his age range and weight class at the American Powerlifting Federation/Amateur American Powerlifting Federation Illinois Power Raw Challenge. He holds state and national records in the squat, dead lift and bench press.
Dominic first broke the world record for the bench press in May during the National Powerlifting Championships in Dearborn, Mich. He hoisted 259 pounds, shattering the 8-year-old record of 244.5 pounds.