'Giant' Women Gripe About Being Tall in New Reality Show

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This clip from TLC’s reality show about extremely tall women, My Giant Life, features a woman named Lindsay, who’s 6’9 and says, “I just want normal girl things.”


The five-part series, which premieres July 14, follows four “giants” in their everyday lives and notably, they’re all athletes: Actress and ex-wrestler Lindsay, volleyball players Colleen (6’6”) and Haleigh (6’7”) and Nancy Mulkey (6’9”), a high school baller.

In a new preview, which you can watch here, Lindsay explains why traveling is such a nuisance. “The airplane is very frustrating for me,” she says. “I shouldn’t have to feel self-conscious about walking onto an airplane, but I do because I know... that everybody on that plane is like, ‘I hope I don’t have to sit next to her.’”

Tall people problems.

For what it’s worth, Nancy Mulkey told ESPN in a previous profile, “I’m not as shy about my height. I strut more. I’m not slouching as much. I want to stand tall.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story identified the woman in the clip and in the screenshot above as 16-year-old Nancy Mulkey. This is Lindsay, per a rep from TLC.

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I don’t understand the snark (“gripe” “tall people problems”). Being a tall woman in a society that idealizes female daintiness, portrays women who are taller than men as threats and ineligible for romantic relationships, and even cautions us not to take up too much physical space can be emotionally taxing. I’m only 5’10” but I’ve often felt shame about my height, particularly before puberty when I was the tallest kid in my class. A desire to take up less space horizontally when I was so outsized vertically at 13 was definitely a contributing factor in my eating disorder. I was probably successful in starving myself from further growth too; my sisters are 6’0” and 6’3”. I appreciate my height now but I still feel a certain amount of relief that, despite all the damage it did to my body, my eating disorder may have prevented me from reaching their height. And I never wear heels.

6’3” sister did get a Division I basketball scholarship though.