The Highs and Lows of Long Limbed Ladyhood

Long limbed ladies unite.

The life of a tall girl is not for the faint of heart.

It’s riddled with expectations, judgements, meaningless comments and a smaller dating pool (much like the life of regular height girls but still different, I promise.)

The truth of the matter is that being tall isn’t a bad thing at all but it does hoard some particular annoyances.

As far as expectations go, you’re either a model or headed for the WNBA, depending on if you’re dressed up or “down” that day.

People assume that you’re ready and willing to reach to the highest heights of their kitchens to grab that can of corn that they should refrain from using because the expiration date is 10/2011.

You’re bombarded with meaningless comments from people that have known you way too long and should have something better to say to you. “Have you grown since the last time I saw you?” is not a conversation starter and really shouldn’t come out of anyone’s mouth after the age of 18 because no I’m 25 and I haven’t grown for some years now.

“You’re so tall,” is yet another comment that one, is not a greeting and two leaves no room for a response worth giving. What do you propose I say? “You’re so short?” “Your hair is so black?” Give me something to work with.

People assume that it’s some glamorous thing, especially if you happen to be slim as well but the truth is designers use our long limbs and leave us out in the cold with a thin sweater when it comes to the mass market. I get that most women aren’t 5’10” but can someone hook us up with a 34″ -36″ inseam without us having to clamor for them in the tall section or simply give up and rock them as capris, PLEASE. And what about our arms? Can we get some adjustments to the arm situation? They’re abnormally long but I deserve to rock the season’s hottest too without looking like I’m wearing my little sister’s blazer. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

Now that I’ve gotten that out, the upside of being blessed with long gams does not go unnoticed.

We’re different. We never get lost in a crowd and our presence is commanding by default.

If we decide to dress up, people mistake us for models. If not, well, the women of the WNBA are great company to be in.

We can weigh significantly more and not show any signs of it. Although, this perk is something that I’ve probably been relying to heavily on lately, I’m still super appreciative.

Overall, being tall is a beautiful thing but it is no small feat. Ha, see what I did there?





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