"Do you play basketball?"
"You're not wearing any heels?"
Any of these sound familiar to my fellow tall girls? Annoyingly, these are just a few of the many remarks I heard growing up being categorized as "over the charts" tall, according to my doctors.
As most admire my height, measuring in at 5-foot-9 1/2 inches (that half is usually left out, but I must be honest here), it has been an insecurity of mine my whole life, even today. I get it; everyone has their insecurities and people are bullied for various reasons. I'm not asking for sympathy here; I'm just revealing something that made me self-conscious my whole life and how I've learned to deal with it (somewhat...).
For starters, being in the back row for just about everything is not fun. Let's see. Dance class? Always in the back of the formation. Class pictures? Always chilling next to the three tallest boys in the grade (they were awkward, so it made it difficult to try to flirt). Sweet 16s or any other formal occasions, did I wear those fab heels I yearned for in the shoe department? Nope! I was in grandma flats. Halloween costumes? Ohhhh what a #struggle. All those cute little nurse or pirate costumes in the Halloween store were so ridiculously short on me, I looked like a stripper dressing up on Halloween.
If I'm interested in a guy who may be a little bit shorter than me, so what? Look at comedian Kevin Hart and his fiancee, Enniko Parish. She has to have at least 3 or 4 inches on her boo, and they are a hot couple. Or what about when Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were a couple? She was much taller than him, and they looked great together.
I know my fellow tall ladies can relate, so some advice: Be confident in who you are, date who you want (don't let height of the guy be the make or break it) and wear whatever you want because being tall is what makes you and me unique, girlfriend.