Being a large individual can be both a blessing and a curse. Some managed to gain a giant physique from harmful injections, and others got that way from strong genetics. These 22 giants easily stood out above the rest, and they’ve managed to make history with their massive size.
Arlindo De Souza
Bodybuilder Arlindo De Souza grew his biceps to 29 inches from a mix of oil and alcohol, but he quit using the mix after the death of his friend.
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
Former basketball player Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson gained fans worldwide with his performance as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones.
Retired basketball player Yao Ming spent his entire NBA career with the Houston Rockets, which led to eight appearances at the NBA All-Star Game.
Nicknamed The Iranian Hulk, Sajad Gharibi has a very big following on social media, and he has expressed interest in joining the WWE in the future.
At eight feet and three inches, Sultan Kösen is the tallest man in the world. Unfortunately, he has to use crutches to move around most of the time.
For the last 16 years of her life, Sandy Allen held the title of world’s tallest woman at seven feet and seven inches. The Chicago native wrote a book on her life titled Cast A Giant Shadow.
Former basketball player Uljana Semjonova won two Olympic gold medals with the USSR in 1976 and 1980, and she was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.
Since 2012, Sun Fang has held the title of tallest living woman in China at seven feet and three inches. She is the second tallest woman in the world.
Since the age of 15, Heather Greene has been six feet and seven inches. The Las Vegas resident has her own website titled Heather Haven, which has videos of her dominating smaller individuals.
Rumeysa Gelgi’s growing height is the result of a disorder known as Weaver Syndrome. In 2014, she was awarded the Guinness World Records for being the world’s tallest teenage girl.
Zeng Jinlian is one of 17 people in history who have ever reached the eight-foot mark. In 1982, she passed away at the age of 17.
At nearly seven feet, aspiring model Elisany Silva is set to marry her longtime boyfriend, but her massive size may prevent her from conceiving a baby.
Svetlana Singh’s entire family is tall. Her husband is six feet and six inches, and her son was five feet tall by the time he was three. She wants her son to eventually outgrow her.
Because of her height, blogger Alicia Jay has dubbed herself “the world’s tallest virgin.” Her blog Tall Swag is devoted to ladies in her situation.
Malee Duangdee was the tallest woman from Thailand until her death on August 27, 2016. Before dying, she appeared on TLC’s special World’s Tallest Children.
WNBA star Margo Dydek held a handful of records in the league, including most defensive rebounds in a game and all-time leader in blocks.
At seven feet and eight inches, Yao Defen was known as the world’s tallest woman before her death on November 13, 2012. Cable channel TLC did a special on her in 2009.
In 2011, Brahim Takioullah gained the Guinness World Record for having the world’s largest feet at one foot a piece. At eight feet and two inches, he’s also the second tallest man in the world.
Vikas Uppal was known as the tallest man in India at eight feet until his death on June 30, 2007 from a failed brain tumor operation.
Aside from his four NBA Championships with the Lakers and the Heat, Shaquille O’Neal also released four rap albums, including his platinum-selling debut album Shaq Diesel.
With help from the biggest biceps in Russia, arm wrestler Denis Cyplenkov won numerous Russian Arm Wrestling Champions and the Nemiroff World Cup of Armwrestling in 2010 and 2011.
Romario Dos Santos Alves
Brazilian bodybuilder Romario Dos Santos Alves wanted to look like The Incredible Hulk so much, he decided to inject Synthol into his arms. Unfortunately, the oil hardened his skin, which almost led to an amputation of both arms.