Tall Tales

"I am not deformed or handicapped, I'm not a circus attraction. I have strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. What makes me different is that I'm 6-foot-4, and I'm a woman." That's University of Wisconsin senior Rebecca Thomas, from her essay 'Life As A Tall Girl', excerpted in today's NY Times. We (well, me, Anna) can relate: I'm five-foot-eleven. (Related: Is it just me or do tall women travel in packs?) "The retail industry doesn't exactly cater to a woman with a 37-inch inseam and size 14 feet," continues Thomas. "I never dated, let alone kissed a guy until I was in college...Being a tall woman was hard for me growing up. But in the end, I think it has made me a stronger individual. I've grown into my body, and I try my best to wear all 76 inches of my height with pride, and take the awkward comments and stares with poise. In fact, sometimes I wear heels. Just to make them look twice." [NY Times]