Katja Bavendam Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Katja Bavendam Quick Info
Height6 ft 8 in
Weight84 kg
Date of BirthJanuary 2, 1985
Zodiac SignCapricorn
Eye ColorBlue

Katja Bavendam is a German retired professional basketball player and reality star who shot to fame after appearing on TLC’s My Giant Life (2016-2017) with her then-wife Julie McGuire. She has more than 50k followers on Instagram.

Born Name

Katja Bavendam

Nick Name


German basketball player Katja Bavendam
German basketball player Katja Bavendam (Katja Bavendam / Instagram)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Hambergen, Lower Saxony, Germany


New York City, New York, United States





Katja graduated from Gymnasium Osterholz-Scharmbeck High School in Germany in 2004.

She received a degree in Information Technology from St. Francis College in Brooklyn in 2008. She also won a basketball scholarship and played for their women’s basketball team.

She got her Master’s degree in Transportation and Highway Engineering from Polytechnic University in 2013.


Former Professional Basketball Player, Reality Star


  • Siblings – She has a sister.



Shirt Number

  • 13 – Botaş SK
  • 50 – St. Francis College




6 ft 8 in or 203 cm


84 kg or 185 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Katja has dated –

  1. Julie McGuire (2015-2018) – Katja and Julie McGuire tied the knot in January 2015. The couple explored the possibility of starting a family with sperm donors during their stint on My Giant Life. However, the two filed for divorce in 2018.
Katja as seen with her wife Julie McGuire in December 2016
Katja as seen with her ex-wife Julie McGuire in December 2016 (Julie McGuire / Instagram)

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color

Light Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Tall height and stature

Brand Endorsements

Katja has endorsed –

  • Long Island Oysters
  • Animal Haven
Katja Bavendam taking a selfie in August 2016
Katja Bavendam taking a selfie in August 2016 (Katja Bavendam / Instagram)

Katja Bavendam Facts

  1. She belongs to a family of tall members. Her mother is 6 feet tall, her father is 6 feet 4 inches, and her sister stands at 6 ft 3 in.
  2. Katja and her ex-wife Julie, who was a mere 5 feet 2 inches, shared an incredible height difference of a foot and a half.
  3. She has 2 rescue pet dogs named Ripley and Marley.
  4. Katja’s promising basketball career was cut short in 2011 due to a knee injury after which, doctors advised her to hang up her boots for good.
  5. She speaks multiple languages like German, French, English, and Spanish.

Featured Image by Katja Bavendam / Instagram

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