Tales of a tiny girl

We are a culture obsessed with perfection. And while that is great in many aspects like a career and studies, I don't believe it holds true when it comes to body image. Body image is a topic discussed widely, in particular, skin colour and weight. And I find it slightly alarming that height isn't a topic that is generally included and discussed in this category.

At one point of time, a tiny part of you has probably ached over having that 5' 8" kind of height, the ones the ladies on the ramps at various fashion shows have; or those long legs that never seem to end. I, as a tiny 5 footer myself, admit it *rather grudgingly* Ever since I was in school, being short meant being in the front row of my class pictures and being seated in the first few benches of the class. It was during those years that I became a tad insecure about my height and the way I looked because of it. Now insecurity is a perfectly natural emotion but at no point should it affect your own self-perception and cause you grief. 

As I grew up, left school and the menacing front bench, maturity set in and things changed. When I started blogging  about style and image *and now having completed 2 years of it!*, things changed greatly. The truth is, height is just another statistic of your body. It plays no role in what kind of personality you have, the way you dress and the way you live your life. Celebrities like Lea Michele, Amy Poehler, Michael J.Fox, Kim Kardashian and even Lady Gaga all fall below the 5' 3" height mark. In fact, us short girls, have the advantage of looking adorable in just about any dress, looking dazzling *and not too gawky* in heels and of course, getting the tightest of bear hugs.

So if you're part of the short girl gang, I've love for you to know that there is so much beauty in being a tiny little thing and in fact, it's something that I've come to love about myself. Embrace it completely because truly, I would not love myself any other way than this.



Sunday Visitor said…
I love it.A Fresh take on height and very true one at that.
Anonymous said…
This was too cute Dayle. I like the personal touch to this. And it's good to see you addressing different issues on your blog. Keep at it!

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Unknown said…
It was an awesome read! And everything you wrote is absolutely correct!
Rupa said…
Very well written post...Love every bit of it.

Ayantika said…
I can totally relate to you! some one said it right...we are not short...we are concentrated awesome ;)

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a mom's diet said…
yes, i fall in the tiny version too... and i am happy abt it... no regrets :)
ur blog shows a lot of confidence which is great!!
Sonshu said…
I wrote something similar but catering to plus size and 'tiny girls' (as you put it) for a college magazine! So I totally understand what you mean. I have so many friends who totally feel the same. In fact, when I showed this to her she instantly giggled and said: OMG, I totally agree.


Amazingly written.

4 Leaved Clover said…
Confidence.. confidence.confidence, shows it all in your writing this article..wish you happiness always.
I totally get what you are trying to say. I totally agree with you: "The truth is, height is just another statistic of your body." I say the same thing about my weight. Look at Adele. Talent comes in all sizes and shapes. Great post, Dayle.
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Tiffany said…
love it! I'm definitely in the "short girl gang" and although I love it most of the time, I do get intimidated when I'm with a group of friends that are all 5'6" and taller, I feel even tinier!

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