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"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]

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whitekidinflatbush
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@hamburgerhotdog: Yay for Midwest pride! I went to a small high school, so I was never conscious of how short and skinny until I went to college in Wisconsin (not the same one as the tall girl cuz she went to the "good" one) and all the other boys were tall and built in that Abercrombie way.

@PrettyKitties: How do people try to pick you up? Does it ever stop? At college the dudes always scooped me up by the armpits like you do to your two-year-old before he stumbles down the stairs.

I swear to God I have more in my head than my college days.