Katja Bavendam Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Girlfriend, Biography

German basketball player Katja Bavendam
Katja Bavendam Quick Info
Height 6 ft 8 in
Weight 84 kg
Date of Birth January 2, 1985
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Eye Color Blue

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)

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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.
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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)

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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′ 3″.
  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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