Ever since I starting my weight-loss journey I have been looking on Pinterest and Instagram for body-type inspirations to motivate me daily. But, while thinking about it rationally these women were between 5ft3 and 5ft7 and their body-type were completely different to my 6ft frame. This then got me thinking. Being tall has always been apart of my identity, and there are some perks of being a tall woman.
But honestly, push aside all the compliments of being able to model and all the positive comments people tell us. I’m here to tell you the truth, of what it’s like to be a tall woman.
- I don’t have to wear heels.
This is a love/ hate quality of being tall. Sometimes I love getting away with wearing no heals or super small ones, my feet thank me at the end of a long night. But, some night’s I do want to go all out and wear some stilettos and feel like a #girlboss! But, I end up being 6ft5 and stand out like a sore thumb. It can be very daunting. But it’s time to embrace it! Bonus: I can find my friends in a crowd super easy. But I do love wearing my flats.
2. Being called a ‘Big’ girl.
This is a major pet peeve of mine! Being tall doesn’t make you big. Yes, one plus side to being tall is the weight gets spread around more, but it doesn’t give anyone the right to call anyone big. The amount of times I’ve had someone tell me ‘you’re just a big girl’. In which they had to explain they meant my height. So here’s another word to call us, a tall girl.
3. People who want to measure themselves against you.
I’m not lying when I say this happens to me more than once a week. Someone will see my height, for some reason get excited, see how long my legs are and want to compare where my hip is in comparison to theirs. Then they are in shock with how high my hips are. I mean I love having long legs. If any tall girls get this problem let me know in the comments below.
4. The Tall Section.
This is the pain of my life, I envy girls who can walk into a clothing store, find their size and it fits lengthwise. Put it this way, Primark jeans fit me as three-quarter jeans. So, I have to do the majority of my clothing shop in the Tall sections. Thankfully most clothing retailers do have tall sections online such as Newlook, Boohoo, ASOS, and Next. There is also great clothing styles and a variety in those sections. Usually, they are always up to date with fashion trends (for example paper-bag trousers see above, Newlook Tall Secition.). It can be a pain to not be able to walk into a store and have a tall section, I hope one-day stores will provide a tall section in-store just like they do Petite.
For me, the majority of guys are only slightly taller than I am or the same height. A recent study found 43% of men wouldn’t date a girl if she was taller than him. 68% said they would prefer a girl who was shorter. This is just ludicrous! Thankfully I have never come across this in my life but, the days of men wanting tall girls have left us in the early 2000s. Not only this, but mainstream media have also created this perception that women must be shorter than men. For instance, Katniss is shorter than Peeta in The Hunger Games, Jenifer Lawrence is so much taller than Josh Hutcherson! This shows the media’s influence.
I hope this has been some insight. If you would like a part 2 let me know in the comments.