Short girls like me face a number of daily problems caused by our vertical limit, of which some are funny, while some are just downright frustrating.
There’s that countless number of store counter experiences wherein the last resort you could come up with is to shout, “excuse me, I’m the next customer!” because the cashier or barista does not notice you and would entertain another customer (who’s taller, obviously). There are also those times you’ve almost made a formal complaint to establishments because their bathroom mirrors only let you see your forehead, or because their chairs won’t let your feet touch the floor. And this continues at home: there’s that need to climb counter tops to reach the cabinets (the step stool your parents bought for you – mine’s almost 20 years old now – only lets you reach a few ones); you always have to position your bed right below your air conditioner to serve as a permanent stool when you need to manually operate the aircon in the absence of its remote control; hanging your clothes or getting them off the racks seems like a stretching exercise every. Single. Time.
And then enters fashion. You’re a regular customer of alteration shops – you and the tailor already call each other by your first names. You consider it a kind of discrimination when clothing shops do not have a petites section or extra small sizes. You adore pretty flat shoes and love their comfort but would often end up buying shoes with heels or any form of elevation so that you can get a few more inches added to your height. If there is any advantage my height has given me fashion-wise, it is the ability to walk in sky-high heels with ease. In my case, wearing high shoes was actually not originally a preference but rather a necessity. I used to hate high-heels and would go out wearing flat slippers and sneakers. Now, almost every pair of footwear I own has some height to it.
Being short and knowing that society thinks that being so is not a good thing, I always make sure that my confidence does not wane. Going out into a world where the tall are considered beautiful and looked up to both literally and figuratively, vertically-challenged people must always ensure that their personality so stands out that others would eventually forget that they’re actually short. It is also imperative that the way they carry themselves would show that there’s more to them than what can be seen.
In my case, every time I go out, I always remind myself to:
- Always wear an invisible crown;
- Walk as if I am strutting down the catwalk with imaginary wind blowing through my hair; and
- Dress as if I am to meet royalty (or as one of my friends would say, “dress up as if producers are everywhere”).
Always keeping these three things in mind boosts my confidence to the point that I sometimes forget I am barely five feet. Well, of course, until I meet a roadblock a.k.a. “short girl problem” along my way. Haha. Nevertheless, reminding yourself that you have a lot more to offer than meets the eye (or the scale) will make you see that being short is not something to feel bad about. Doing so, even these short girl problems would seem novel and even cute in a not size-related kind of way. 😉
- sheer top – Cotton On
- skater skirt – Cotton On
- shoulder bag – Mango
- bowler hat – SM Accessories